Verse 1 – When people’s necks are hardened, it’s another way of saying “stiff necked”. God uses this phrase several times to describe the Israelite’s throughout the Old Testament. This is repeating the same mistake over and over. The mistake is refusing Gods invitation or rejecting Jesus Christ.
Verse 2 – This verse can cover any area; church; employee; or government. When the wicked are in authority, people are oppressed.
Verse 11 – We don’t have to tell how we feel about people or things to everyone all the time. Sometimes it’s just best to keep silent.
Verse 13 – God sees and judges both, and His judgment falls on those whose greed or power drives them to oppress the poor.
Verse 15 – Kind, firm correction helps children learn. Parents often grow weary of constant correction. We’ve all seen how children act or even grow up to act when left with no discipline.
Verse 16 – In a church, a business, a family, or government doing what’s right comes from the top. When the wicked are in leadership, sin prevails. People have the attitude of “well if they can do it and get by with it, so can I.”
Verse 18 – “Revelation” refers to words from God, received by prophets. When people are ignorant of Gods word, crime and sin run ramped. In order for nations and individuals to function well, they must know the word of God.
Verse 25 – Fear can do many things to people. Fear of other people can even cause some to never leave their house. However, trust, respect and reverence of God can be liberating. God can turn any harm intended for us, into good for us.
Verse 26 – We have all at times needed for someone to show us favor. But true justice can only come from the Lord.