God's Diagnosis of Israel: DEAD (through their own horribly misplaced affection), DEVOURED (by the one who alone could deliver them), DESTROYED (by rebelling against their Helper), and ‚ÄėUN-DELIVERABLE‚Äô (because they were foolishly unwilling to enter into the life that God had made for them), yet in spite of the warning of such horrifying consequences there is yet hope. The promise of death being robbed of its power to destroy is like a ray of sunshine amidst the developing storm clouds of terrible Assyrian judgment. This prophetic glimmer of hope has been made much more certain in Christ. 'We do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts' not only for ourselves but for those who through us may yet hear of such mercy that may yet turn them to God from idols to serve the living and true God‚Ä¶'
John DUNKLEY BTh, Dip.Min. and Dip. Pastoral Studies. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has pastored a number of Baptist churches. He has also ministered at Westcare Baptist Mission - an inner city ministry and served as a voluntary Police Chaplain.