O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is your help.
O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
I. SIN THE DESTROYER. "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself." What connected with self does a man destroy? Not his mental faculties, not his conscience, not his moral responsibilities, These he cannot put an end to. But he destroys the liberty, the peace, the blessedness of his being. He can destroy all connected with his existence that can make existence tolerable or worth having. How is this done? By sin. Sin is the soul-destroyer. Every sin is destructive of something. From the eternal laws of moral mind men cannot commit a wrong act without the infliction of an injury to the soul, without blinding the judgment, deadening the sensibility, curtailing the liberty, drying up the affection, enfeebling the will. Sin is suicidal. "He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul." What is a sinner doing? Murdering himself. Every lying word, every dishonest act, every impure thought, every impious sentiment, every lustful gratification, is a deadly blow inflicted upon the soul. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." There is nothing arbitrary in this. "To be carnally minded is death."
II. GOD THE RESTORER. "In me is thine help." Who can restore a destroyed soul? God, and he only. He restores it:
(1) By extracting the poison of sin.
(2) By breathing into it a new life.
(3) By bringing it out into the salubrious atmosphere of truth.
(4) By affording it the most wholesome supplies and invigorating exercises. In me is thy help found. Yes, thou art mighty to save. - D.T.
Parallel VersesKJV: O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.