Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel: and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
nts of His hand: —
I. PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD, O ISRAEL, ACKNOWLEDGE WHO IT IS THAT IS COME OUT AGAINST THEE. Stop not at second causes — dwell not and trifle not about petty and subordinate excuses. Acknowledge God to be the author of the calamity. It is His providence — His hand — His voice.
II. ACKNOWLEDGE THY INABILITY TO MEET HIM. How can man meet and bear and endure and sustain the judgments of his Creator? Our weakness being too great — our guilt too apparent — our folly too monstrous.
III. THE ABASING OF OURSELVES BEFORE GOD IN TRUE PENITENCE. Abase thyself before Him — return from all thy transgressions — cast away your idols — return unto God, and seek His face.
IV. WE MUST CAST OURSELVES UPON HIS GRACE AND MERCY IN JESUS CHRIST. Prepare to meet thy God by throwing thyself at the foot of the Cross — and by relying on justification and acceptance in the atoning blood and meritorious propitiation and sacrifice of the eternal Son of God.
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.