And the children of Israel cried to the LORD, saying, We have sinned against you, both because we have forsaken our God…
He seems to deny the petition. Is this capricious? There is surely not only cause for it, but a purpose working through it.
I. THE AIM OF THE SEVERITY IS TO AWAKEN TRUE REPENTANCE. Inconvenience, discomfort, distress, humiliation may all be felt without true repentance. The latter arises from sorrow for and haired of sin as sin.
II. THIS IS SECURED by -
1. An appeal to memory of manifold deliverances and mercies.
2. Holding the sinner under the yoke of his own choosing when he no longer chooses it.
3. The temporary horror and despair of rejection. "I will deliver you no more." - M.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.