This is my one hundred and ninety-ninth monthly teaching letter and continues my seventeenth year of publication. Since WTL #137, I have been continuing a series entitled The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, and have been expanding on its seven stages ever since: (1) the courtship, (2) the marriage, (3) the honeymoon, (4) the estrangement, (5) the divorce, (6) the reconciliation, and (7) the remarriage.
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD, Part 58,
THE RECONCILIATION (i.e., Redemption):
Before we become too enthused about the “reconciliation”, we really need to look into the past when the greater part of Israel and Judah became so pagan that the Almighty Yahweh pronounced a death penalty on all the twelve tribes, save a small remnant. It is repeated at Jer. 15:1-3, where it is written:
“1 Then said Yahweh unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith Yahweh; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity. 3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith Yahweh: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.”
Jeremiah was prophesying about Judah and Jerusalem, and so is Isaiah in his chapters 3 and 4. Therefore, I would like to zero-in on Isaiah 4:1 where it states: