July 25: Tisha b’Av

-Warning of Diaspora and Promise

Before Israel entered the land, God warned them what would happen if they forgot Him and worshiped other gods. But Israel didn’t listen, not to God and not to the many prophets He sent to repeat His warning.

Deuteronomy 4:25-29

 “When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of the Lord your God to provoke Him to anger,  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.  And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you.  And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

God’s warning revealed His holiness and His mercy. God always makes a way to find forgiveness.

Deuteronomy 4:29-31

But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN AGAINST GOD AND REPENT.

Jewish people stay up all night reading the book of Lamentations.
Jewish people stay up all night reading the book of Lamentations.

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