“Israel cries out to me,
‘My God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is morally good;
so an enemy will pursue him.”
Israel claimed one thing but did another. They professed to recognize God as the Lord, but rejected his law. For this, they became subject to punishment.
Jesus does not accept those who call him Lord, but fail to do what he commands, Mt 7.21. What justifications do people give for such failure?