Chapter 6 speaks of the thoughtless and indulgent revellings in Israel, and the terrible sufferings and tremendous death toll of the soon coming three year siege of Samaria by the Assyrians.

The sufferings were indeed terrible, as they were later in Jerusalem. God is loving and merciful, and these were God's Own chosen people; but because they chose to ignore His commands and follow their own thoughts, He gave them over to the most dreadful miseries.

His love and mercy were in His constant efforts to persuade them to walk in the way of wisdom and obedience, before it was too late. Love and mercy are for now: not for the judgment seat, if the now has been wasted.

Bro Growcott - Seek the Lord, and Ye Shall Live

13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Paul says to the same attitude

"What hast thou that thou didst not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7)

And Moses said

"It is the Lord that giveth thee power to get wealth" (Deut. 8:18).

The most foolish part of all man's foolishness is attributing anything to himself, and depending on and boasting in his own strength or wisdom or ability. God today, as foretold, has given men great knowledge and ability. Like in the last days of Israel, He has greatly blessed the race with opportunity.

But, like Israel, they have used it very wickedly-in rivalry, war, oppression and pride. What God gives, He can take away in a moment, and humble the highest and proudest in the dust. In forty years, proud and prosperous Israel was utterly destroyed. It does not appear that modern man has any where near that long to go.

Bro Growcott - Seek the Lord, and Ye Shall Live