A gleam of light pierces the night of Israel's apostasy. It emanates from within God himself where a strange and solemn striving occurs. It is something like the emotional turmoil of a lover betrayed by his wayward spouse. Justice is on his side; it is his right to let the beloved reap the fruit of her unfaithfulness. But his love is unabated, so he cannot stifle compassion. Glimpsed here is the true cost of evil: the wounding of God.
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