Vs. 1, “Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled…” Question: What city is this? This city is none other than Jerusalem! We see a few different pictures of Jerusalem at varying intervals of time. We are reminded of the attacks put upon the Holy City. Jerusalem has been attacked and captured more often than any other city. One pastor has counted 27 times attacks have leveled Jerusalem throughout history. Almost every time it was taken, it was destroyed. Yet in the end, God will prevail. We also see a blind city, where God’s people are blind to Him and his righteousness. Yet, God will come one day and fulfill His promises and turn this city into a blessed city!
Regarding application…Fake vs. Real. Vs. 13, “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” I recently talked with someone (person A) who is having problems with a person (Person B) in their church. They happen to be in the same type of business as another church member. However, it seems the other church member (B) business is doing poorly. This leads this church member (B) to blame church member (A) of ruining their business. Obviously, this is not church member (A)’s fault. Church member (B) now rudely and coldly treats church member (A) everytime they see each other. Yet, church member (A) observes Church member (B) sitting close to the front of church and lifting their hands in worship and honoring God with their mouth & lips. But just like this verse…it would seem that church member (B)’s heart is far from God. This is a practical way to look at this verse. Are we hypocrites are genuine…are we Fake or Real with God and with others?