- First off recognise and accept that you are a stubborn people who disobey. (v4)
- Understand that this is your nature as you are easily led astray (v8)
- You have settled in a land that God has not ordained for you as His People (v20)
In other words, recognise that although you have defiled yourself by seeking out a life with people who worship idols and do not worship the One True Living God, it is still within your power to return to God. To choose the Lord Almighty! And why should God’s people do this?
Well, the Sovereign Lord in union with the Holy Spirit speaks into the lives of those who know they have transgressed and gone their own way. (v16) People who are without a teacher and need the reassurance of a God who is both the Holy One of Israel but also their Redeemer as well. The same God who travelled with their ancestors as they left Israel and spent 40 years in the desert but did not let them thirst or go hungry (v21-22). A God who heard their cries, knew their weakness but was still ready and able to restore.