“Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord‘s./ For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.(vv.10-11)
Sin of Israel (Judah included) was such what she relied on as best defense against attacks of the enemy would prove false. God gives the reason why. For they are not the Lord’s. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain(Ps.127:1) .Fortifications are put up to keep out enemy and if we look at the advance in military engineering how it has evolved over centuries we can very well conclude that it was progress. It is a testimony of man’s cleverness. The same cleverness works both ways and competing thus without let up in defense and counter attack can only come up at the loss of something far more serious. What if the city well fortified has a serious enemy to contend with from within? It is thus we need consider ourselves. Our body is assailed by its lusts and appetites, which can be satisfied or resisted but at what cost? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?(Matt.16:26)”
If we look at achievement all these have come at the expense of another. Radio was killed by television for instance. It is progress for the fallen man whose society is riddled with his own weaknesses. Is social media a help or nuisance? Whatever he makes shall prove to be like the tower of Babel. His heart is not right before God and his vision also is similarly colored. How did he come to it? It did not happen overnight. Man as a social animal influences others as well as are influenced. “Evil communications corrupt good manners(1 Co.15:33). Our senses are soaked through and through by impressions and many find home in it so the din of external stimuli is like a drug. They are lost only they do not realize it. How do we separate the chaff from good? What God intends for us is that we can gather from the eternal word. It is where our soul comes to our help. It naturally says Amen and it is what having good conscience would signify.
Soul is intimation of God having seen us before the worlds began and our knowledge of the glory of shed abroad is like a field. It has its space and like a field reveals its quality.”I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down (Pr.24:30-31).” God had indeed seen us and life is meant for us to acquire good understanding, which comes from the word of God. We have Parable of the Tares to explain why. Lust of the eye, pride of life and such like are what the enemy would sow in each if we are not watchful. The prince of the power of the air has his wares to deceive and weakness of the mighty Samson was wine and roistering, So what the enemy presents would be in the form of Delilah in a setting conducive to trap him, “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword (Ps.57:4)”. Evil communications as quoted earlier tend to corrupt our conduct. These can affect our thinking as good counsel from the Scripture can keep our vision clearer. “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light./But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt.6:22-23)”. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he(Pro.29:18)”.
Our essential self cannot be in a body that is subject to corruption; nor can it be in the spirit that is of abstract quality. Soul is betwixt and between which in the manner you have taken control purposefully to abide in Christ and produce fruits would show who your husbandman is. Your inner man is a world lit by the word of God as a lamp. Only you can set it up. Do you set it under the bushel or on its stand so that it lights up your whole body, meaning witnessing before others as well.”The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” God did not punish us according to our sins and it shows His long suffering nature. He chastens us as with sons and reminds how far we have fallen from our own standards. So we can see what partial judgments are meant to achieve. Similarly he would not as God tells Jeremiah that “Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you (v.18)”.
When God decided to make an end of the Old world we read thus “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.(Ge,6:5). The great flood was only a partial judgment. The enemy has sown tares among good seed and by pulling out the weeds what is good should not be disrupted. God told Moses”And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee (Deu.7:22). The same line we have in another book with a difference,”until you become fruitful and possess the land.;(Ex.23:30)”.
12 They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.
17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.
18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you.