67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever. Psalm 78:67-69
In these verses the Lord shifted the seat of worship from the tribe of Ephraim to Judah. Because of her sin, Ephraim was no longer fit to lead. As we saw yesterday, Ephraim got a sigh of relief that her enemies were being destroyed before her very eyes.
In short, the rest of the story is that Ephraim was officially “demoted” and could no longer be trusted by God. Power would now reside in Zion with Judah as the head. As we’ll discuss tomorrow, King David would come out of the tribe of Judah.
The Lord takes sin seriously, whether it is an entire nation or an individual. He tolerates and tolerates and tolerates, and then one day, “the Lord awakes as from sleep, as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine” Psalm 78:65. Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. We would be conceited to think otherwise and that “ours is different.” While there are significant economic challenges ahead, there are probably more moral challenges in our future.
Sin will not go unnoticed. While the two sins of abortion and homosexuality have always existed, now it’s being proudly flaunted for the world to see. Unfortunately, many outside this nation are already leading the world in that regard so they think we’re just “catching up”. Those are just two more prominent sins in this moral crisis.
So what do we do about it? The easiest (and often toughest) thing to do is to get close to God (James 4:8). Everything we do springs out from that key element. Then ask God for His wisdom
First, though, draw near to God.
Do it all over again tomorrow.