The failure of the “city” to not cling to the Lord was laid firmly at the feet of those who were charged with teaching and leading them. They did not teach them to cling to the Lord nor did they exhort them do so. So, they did not.
It is the case that if we are not in community that encourages us to be in the Word, to “draw near to God”, then we will drift away. Hebrews 3:12 – 13 reinforces this from a New Testament perspective.
It is imperative that we abide in the Word and intentionally continue to encourage one another to draw near to God through His Word.
Not to do so will, as with Judah, have dire consequences for our communities.