“‘For,’ I say, ‘just as shorts cling tightly to a person’s body, so I bound the whole nation of Israel and the whole nation of Judah tightly to me.’ I intended for them to be my special people and to bring me fame, honor, and praise. But they would not obey me.”
The prophet called God’s people to repentance. He condemned their pride, vv. 8-9, 15-16. God wanted them to be near him, but their disobedience prevented it.
What do we do to keep ourselves from drawing near to God? What can we do to grow closer to him?