Unless the LORD Almighty
had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
New Living Translation
If the LORD of Heaven’s Armies had not spared a few of us, we would have been wiped out like Sodom, destroyed like Gomorrah.
Prophet Isaiah tells Israelites that God has been good to them even though they have been bad. Isaiah tells them that animals don’t forget their master but Israelites have forgotten God. Animals are grateful but God’s people are not. Yet in all these God has been good to them.
Eventually God decided to punish Israelites for their sins. It was a painful moment for Israelites. But Isaiah reminds them that even in their punishment God was good and gracious. Israelites had committed sins which are equivalent or worse than those of Sodom and Gomorrah, yet God treated them differently. God punished Sodom and Gomorrah but totally destroying everyone. The same God did not destroy everyone in Israel. God spared some of them!
Israelites would have permanently disappeared from the face of the earth, but God was good even in punishing them. Israelites as a nation would have disappeared from the world map but God spared them. Isaiah tells them that God would have been right and fair in totally obliterating them from world map and world history. But even in punishment for sin, God dealt with them graciously. God spared some of them!
Isaiah tells them to think again before accusing God of unfairness. God may have been unfair to Sodom but not to them. If the human understanding of fair had been applied, Israelites like Sodom and Gomorrah should not be existing, but God was gracious enough to spare them. God spared some of them!
God has been gracious to us too. We have sinned in similar fashion as people God punished with death, yet we are still alive. God punished disobedience of His appointed leaders with instant death, but we are still alive yet we are totally rebellious and responsible for making leadership difficult for others. God spared some of them and us too!
Those who broke the Sabbath were stoned to death at God’s command, but we who refuse to acknowledge it are still alive and unharmed. Those caught in Adultery were publicly shamed and killed, but none of that has happened to us. Those who took sacred stuff were killed with their families at God’s command, yet we are thieves in church and we even refuse to give or we erratically give tithes and offerings, but God has spared us. God spared some of them and us too!
Isaiah wants us to know that God has been good even in punishing us. If that accident was a punishment, we should be glad we didn’t die we only got injuries. If that sickness was punishment, we should notice that He hasn’t killed us instantly. If that loss is punishment it is still better than we really deserve. Even in punishing us, God has been good to us. God spared some of them and us too!
We should have totally lost our livelihood but God spared us as He spared them. We should have totally lost our relationship and marriage but God spared us. We should have lost all the money but God spared us. We should have lost all limbs but only one was amputated, God spared us. Our children would have grown up without parents but God spared us. God spared some of them and us too!
Instead of complaining and hating God, we should be grateful that He has not treated us as we deserve, He has spared us from what we truly deserve. Thank you so much God for sparing us from what we truly deserve. Keep on sparing us until we learn and get saved, in Jesus’s name, Amen!
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