The Old Testament
It seems as if man is always doomed to repeat his mistakes as demonstrated in both the Old Testament and throughout history. For as Proverbs so colorfully explains, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” [Proverbs 26:11]. Yet time and again, the Lord God has continued to reach out to His people so that He might lift them up out of their folly, that they might follow after righteousness and obtain eternal life. The Old Testament is filled with such examples as God reached out to Adam, Noah, Moses, and the prophets to teach their children to walk uprightly before the Lord. He promised that if they sought Him with all their heart, He would be found of them.
The Lord also promised that if the people would forsake Him and their covenants, He would scatter them among the nations. Moreover, God promised that if they would not seek Him, they would stumble in a gross darkness. [Jeremiah 13:16]. For He is light and truth, and where there is no light, there must be darkness. For they would have no knowledge of Him or His Christ and thereby would not know the way to obtain eternal life. Thus Amos prophesized, saying, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” [Amos 8:11-12].
Nevertheless, God has not forgotten His creation nor His covenants, for He has given us a great light through His Son, Jesus Christ. Although His people have fallen away on more than one occasion, God has continually set His hand so that they might find Him. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” [Isaiah 60:1-2].
Scriptures to Consider
Amos 3:7 (KJV)
3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.
Amos 8:11-12 (KJV)
8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Micah 3:6-7 (KJV)
3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.
Isaiah 59:1-11 (KJV)
59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear. 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us
Isaiah 60:1-2 (KJV)
60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.