Read verses 15-17
Q: What was God’s initial response to the presence of unfaithfulness?
A: He “sent word to them again and again by His messengers”. He provided them with every extended opportunity to repent of their disobedience to His Word.
Point: People sometimes ask, “How can a loving God allow evil to occur in the world” and fail to realize that the situation is actually reversed; God is asking us, “Why won’t you listen to Me and cease from doing evil by obeying My Word?”
Q: What were the responses to God’s repeated sending of His Word?
A: They did not simply reject it once, but “continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets”. Time after time God sent His Word, and time after time they did not merely reject it, but actually mocked, despised, and scoffed at it.
Point: The Biblical definition of “rejecting God’s Word” is not having heard it, or not listening to it one time, but a heart that actively turns against it over and over again. It expresses one’s choice to not just follow something else, but to come to despise what God offers in its place.
Q: What does it mean, “until there was no remedy”?
A: As stated in v.14, the worship of God in accordance with His Word was supposed to sanctify His people, to make them pure and acceptable according to His holiness and righteousness. Their repeated rebellion resulted in their becoming so defiled, so committed to sin, that there was no alternative to final judgment for that sin.
Point: What some may not understand about Final Judgment is that it’s not so much about a final date which God has set for all things to end as much as it is about the spiritual condition of mankind, when their repeated rejection of Him exhausts all attempts of reconciliation and the only alternative left is final destruction.