14 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord , “that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
15 but, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.
16 “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord , “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
17 For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes.
18 And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols.”
19 O Lord , my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things. ”
20 Will a man make gods for himself, Which are not gods?
21 “Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name is the Lord.
The nation of Israel is so special to God that He assured of re-gathering them in future from every nation He had presently scattered them (verse 15; cf. Matthew 24:31). This will take place at the Second Coming of Christ.
Meanwhile, they have to pay for their sins now by going into exile. God promised them they would be caught like fish by fishermen and like prey, hunted by hunters. The reason is that all their iniquities, chief of which is idolatry, were not hidden from God.
None of our sins escapes the attention of God, whether we sin secretly or openly (Psalm 139:7-12). Many of us feel we are so smart we can deceive or confuse God that He will never notice what we are doing. This assumption is so dangerous. Whatever you are doing presently which does not give glory to God, please retrace your steps. Our God is so merciful He is ready to forgive.
God has no pleasure in the death of a sinner but that the sinner may repent and return to Him (Ezekiel 18:32). We are assured of a better future in heaven if we accept Christ today and follow His footsteps.
Prayer: My Father, we have gone astray; but in Your anger, remember mercy.