Reader, ask yourself who it was that left Israel a “few survivors?” The text itself states that it was “The Lord.” Note here the grace of God, for it was not the survivors themselves that merited God’s mercy, but the magnanimous nature of God himself. In the same way today, “all we like sheep go astray,” but the Lord, in his mercy, saves many. It is written, “there is none that seeks for God” (Romans 3:11). If none seeks for God, how are people saved? I will answer as follows: “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Note that it is not Christ who is lost, but sinners. Since, therefore, it is sinners who are lost, the Lord seeks those whom he endeavors to save. As the Lord himself – rhetorically speaking to his disciples – said, “did I not choose you, the twelves?” Now if Christ had not sought us, what would be our destiny? We would have become worst than Sodom and Gomorrah, for indeed, we would be in hell.
What then does his mercy warrant? I shall answer in the words of the Apostle Paul: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the mercies of God [mercy seen in your salvation], offer yourselves as a living sacrifice; holy and acceptable to God. For this is your reasonable service.”