King Hoshea of Israel committed treachery against the king of Assyria. He balked on his promise to pay tribute to the Assyrians and turned instead to another nation for salvation. Through Egypt’s hand, he hoped to be spared from service to the Assyrian Empire. The plan failed miserably and Israel found itself under siege from the powerful army of Assyria for three years—until the people were ultimately defeated and led away from their land in captivity.
Treason against the mighty Assyrian king was not tolerated and instead punished with severe consequences—either bow down and serve faithfully or face the wrath of the king and his might. If this was true of an earthly king, then why did the Israelites not fear the anger of their heavenly King?
Each person in this world has committed treason against God, the King of all creation. He is the rightful ruler, but everyone has failed to faithfully serve Him and pay Him the honor and glory He is due.
What consequences await such actions? A wrath much greater than that of an earthly king—an infinite and eternal wrath. No Egypt or Baal could protect anyone from such anger. Only God can protect us from His wrath, and so He did. He poured out all of His anger on His Son for our treason against Him. God alone could save us from God.
Why should we see our sins, even those against others, as first and foremost against God?