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“You are destroyed, Israel, because you are against me, against your helper.”
These words were spoken to the ten tribes of Israel that had followed Jeroboam and were never to unite with the other tribes again. Here, the prophet is a spokesman for the Lord himself when He says to them, “How could you rebel against Me? Why Would You Hurt Your Helper?”
These are the broken-hearted words of God Almighty. Obviously, God has no needs, yet because of His great love towards us at times, there is a question. The question He would ask, He would already have the answer to, yet He still asks in wonderment. “Why Would You Hurt Your Helper?” I think of Jesus coming into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passion Week. He says, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing” (Mt. 23:37). Our loving Father in heaven says over and over to us, “I’m here to help you!” These very words stir animosity in many as if to say, “I don’t need any help. I can do this all by myself!” That’s the very nature of the impenitent sinner. He or she makes a mess and is somehow convinced that they need no help in getting themselves out of the mess they’ve created. However, our loving God stands waiting, and even this AM He is once again asking all of us who will listen, “Why Would You Hurt Your Helper?”
I’m not the sinner who needs NO HELP this AM. No! I’m the sinner who is desperately asking for HELP. I know You’re my Helper. Please, Lord, HELP ME! Amen