And in that day, declares the LORD,
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
and I will cut off your carved images
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
and I will root out your Asherah images from among you
and destroy your cities.
And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey.
Comment: What was it going to be like, in God’s plan when eventually they returned to their promised land?
- Chariots came from Egypt and showed the Jews’ reliance on outside help rather than trusting God. They were to go.
- They were to live in peace not relying on fortifications (strongholds).
- No more sorcery.
- No more idol worship or worship of man made false gods.
- The cities (villages) which had been built up around these idols (for money making and convenience) would be destroyed.
- God expects obedience!
Prayer: Help me to make Your goals, my goals, for living, O God.