The Lord saved Israel out of Egypt, but shortly thereafter, He said,
“So I also raised My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ the glory of all lands…” (Ezekiel 20:15).
Israel’s rebellion had aroused God’s anger,
“because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols” (Ezekiel 20:16).
Yet, He continued to work with them, “Nevertheless My eye spared them from destruction. I did not make an end of them in the wilderness” (Ezekiel 20:17).
The Lord loves and loves again, even after man rebells, but the Lord will tolerate that for only so long, then He takes drastic measures.
How do you respond to the mercy of God?