Humanity is getting faster, at least some of us. The world record for the 100-meter dash was 10.6 seconds in 1912, 10.2 seconds in 1936, and 9.90 seconds in 1991. The current world recorder holder is Usain Bolt. He crossed the finish line in a blazing 9.58 seconds in 2009.3 Despite this progression in speed, humanity will never be able to outrun the consequences of sin.
One man who attempted to do such was King Zedekiah. He was a proud man who refused to humble himself before the Lord. When the consequences of Zedekiah’s sin finally arrived at Jerusalem’s gates in the form of Babylonian soldiers, he fled with his family. The Babylonians, however, intercepted them in the plains of Jericho. Nebuchadnezzar deported Zedekiah to Babylon, but first, he left the deposed king with one last tormenting memory by executing his sons before his eyes, which were then gouged out (2 Kings 25:4-7). This fulfilled Ezekiel’s prophecy that the king would not see the city of Babylon (Ezek. 12:1-13).
Zedekiah’s prideful solution for absolution from God’s judgment was to run from it. The Bible’s solution for absolution, however, is found in running to the foot of the cross. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).
What sinful behavior do you need to repent of and run to Christ for forgiveness?