“…and have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem to the sons of the Greeks, that you may remove them far from their border.”
The people of God have experienced ethnic cleansing and the strategy of sending them as far away as possible from their homeland so that returning was almost impossible. The children of the nation and the children of Jerusalem have been sold far away into slavery to the gentile nations who live so far away from their home that they cannot find their way back and therefore the land can be taken over by the invading forces.
We are all being sold into slavery by the culture in which we live and the enemy who stalks our footsteps. We are captive to the devil at his will did we but know it. We think we are deciding things about our lives and thinking we are exercising freewill and choosing the kind of lives we like, but we are easily duped.
The enemy has sold us down the river into enemy territory and we are stuck here thinking it is our destiny and that is all there is to it. It is not. We need to realise what is going on and stop being drawn into the sinful mindset of this present evil age and break free from the pressures that corrode our thinking processes and ability to chose freely. Only in Christ are we free to exercise choice and be a people of liberty. No one else can grant us that blessing. It is a curious position to be made free from the slavery on sin by becoming a slave to righteousness. We all serve someone, either the freedom of a holy God or the destitution of the slavery to evil.
Beloved, let is open our eyes and see the enemy within and without and shrug him away from us and embrace the truths of God and the holiness that he requires of us.