Meep. Haven’t posted on here for a while.
17-18 “Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you, declares the LORD – ‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth. The men who have violated my covenant and have not fulfilled the terms of the covenant they made before me, I will treat like the calf they cut in two and then walked between its pieces.
This passage is describing how the people of Judah made a covenant to proclaim freedom for the slaves (v8) but they changed their minds and took back those they had freed (v11)
God commanded those who take Hebrew slaves to release them after six years. In the seventh year, those Hebrews who owned other Hebrew slaves were to release them. (Deuteronomy 15:12) The people of Judah here are directly disobeying God after making the covenant with them. The verses above showed the penalty for disobeying God’s orders and the people were to be handed over to their enemies (v21)
I often do make promises to God and break them. As a child of God, I know that this is wrong, but I know that as a sinner, I can’t be perfect. I am thankful that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for my sins and that I can come to God with my heart.