Summary of passage: All gaiety is banished from the Earth as God leaves cities in ruins and piles of rubble.
5) A pile of rubble in the cities, desolate, sad, survivors with no amenities (wine or merry). No joy is left. I picture survivors with only the bare necessities.
6a) Personal Question. My answer: No because God does not say He will spare anyone and mentions all the nations together.
b) Personal Question. My answer: God treats every human the same; no one is exempt from His laws and judgment. He is fair. This is something mankind will never be. In terms of destroying everything, it’s like Noah. God wants to start anew and leave only the good. He is taking away all of man’s amenities and extra stuff in life so He is all that remains. He is forcing the remnant to rely on Him alone, not the comforts of life. I understand His reasonings and His desire to have us close and can relate as a parent when I take things away from my children as punishment. God only wants the best for us and the best is Him.
Conclusions: I dislike days like today and I know someone out there will chastise me for saying so. The passage was simple: everyone will suffer “in that day”. Got it.
My problem is relating to God and understanding His ways. I only can relate as a parent since I discipline and judge my kids. But God tells us not to judge others, that’s His job. Okay, so, how am I to relate to Him if I’m not supposed to judge (even though as humans we all do)? Can I understand His desire to destroy man’s creations on Earth? Yeah. Can I understand His desire to destroy His creations? No because I could never harm my children even if they were evil. I would always love them. Other people’s kids, yeah, because I’m not personally invested. But if God is the Father then I can’t understand His judgment and I’m not for sure I’m supposed to. Are we supposed to “understand” Him? Are we supposed to “relate to Him”? When He wants to destroy the world?
Judgment is God’s domain, not mine. I’m just not for sure I’m supposed to be relating to God in His desire to destroy most of mankind. Can I relate? Yeah. Am I supposed to? Probably not.