1/1/10 God calls his people to remember their origin and understand the true situation. God had created a nation from one doomed to death and nothingness. They grew as a nation in Egypt until they had reached a kind of maturity. At least they were ready for the next stage. At that point God miraculously brought them out of slavery and finally into the promised land.
This all parallels the Christian’s life and the life of the Christian church in general. When we are ready God delivers us from our bondage to sin and brings us to the promised land, albeit through the wilderness. He bathes us (baptism) and clothes us in beauty and marries us into covenant as with Israel.
And everyone is stunned by the change in us and by God’s transforming power. But Israel and we came to trust in the blessings instead of the blessor. And we turned the blessings into gods and worshipped them. We degraded ourselves to the point that the Gentiles around us were not as depraved as we. We continued to multiply the gods we worshipped, seeking after pleasure for pleasure’s sake, so much that even the Gentiles were disgusted with our conduct. We even brought our gods into the spiritual realm of God.
Because of all these things God will pour out the wrath of a jealous husband upon us. They very ones whom we sought pleasure from will be our downfall. We will be destroyed by them.
But then everything will change. God will be appeased and will restore not only the Gentiles, but us, his people who were worse than the Gentiles. If God is able to restore Sodom and Samaria and his people who were worse than they, then he is indeed a loving and mighty God.
Sodom’s major sin was not misplaced sexuality, it was pride and indifference to the poor. The greater sin of God’s people is we know better and act as Sodom anyway, plus we worship what we know to be false.
But from this lowest of states God will redeem and atone for his people and shall re-establish us as kings and priests, having purified us through his punishments. We shall never again speak down to others because we will be painfully aware of our origins and our past.