Jeremiah 21:1-5 Loyal To One

Jeremiah 21:1-5 (KJV)
The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.
Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.
And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.

Just imagine what a difficult position Jeremiah was in. When the king sent Pashur to Jeremiah everyone expected that he would pray for God to deliver them. Everyone expected the message to be one of support, peace and, perhaps, instructions how to get out of the trouble they were in. Jeremiah instead tells than that God Himself would fight on behalf of the enemy. 

In the civil war the south believed themselves to be in the right. They prayed that way, they evangelized aggressively and their preachers preached messages meant to bolster morale among their people. A well-known Southern Baptist preacher brought a message declaring how God was using the Civil War to make the Baptists the strongest evangelistic movement of all time. His message was published and read throughout the south. Imagine if, instead, he preached a rebuke. 

I fear much preaching today is merely intended to move preconceived notions forward. 

  • To bring a rebuke
  • To challenge a direction 
  • To correct a leader

these spell ministerial disaster. But they are the work of the preacher. He doesn’t have to be obnoxious or mean spirited but he ought to be loyal to only One, Jesus Christ and His Word. 

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Jeremiah 17:16 Feed and Follow

Jeremiah 17:16 (KJV)
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

I am thankful for the resolve of the prophet. So many discouraged him for his message. “Where is the Word of the Lord?” they challenged.  “Let it come now.”

  • The message of judgment. 
  • The message of consequences for their sins. 
  • The message of retribution at the hands of an enemy 

had already fallen on deaf ears. Now they had fallen on rebellious, agnostic ones. They just did not believe God was about to judge them. They certainly did not believe Jeremiah’s message was from a God they believed in. 

Jeremiah’s response was simply that he had not turned from his calling. Using a term almost never used for a prophet he said, “As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee.

  • He had not quit being a pastor 
  • He had not quit following the Lord

I cannot help but believe it is significant that he uses the term pastor. It means a shepherd; one who guides sheep to good pastures and clean waters. Though some criticize the use of it in New Testament Churches, I believe it to be an appropriate title. The pastor is a guide. He cannot force his followers to eat or to drink. He can only take them to those places where good food and water may be found. He cannot eat for them. He can only provide them the opportunity to feed for themselves and he can drive away dangers when they present themselves. 

The pastor, like the flock, is a follower of the Lord. He is not over the flock but one of the flock. He can only fulfill his calling as he follows Christ to those fields of food and water. 

It would be tempting, in Jeremiah’s shoes, to quit the work and quit following God. Thank the Lord he did not quit. Thank the Lord for those pastors today who feed their flock and follow the Lord.  

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Jeremiah 16:12-13 Support Israel

Jeremiah 16:12-13 (KJV)
And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me.
Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

There are those[1]who claim that America, and Christians in particular, should not support modern Israel. Perhaps it is passages like this that they would use. Israel is certainly not spiritually where God would have her to be or where God will have her to be in the future. 

Does this mean that Christians should foresake Israel? I don’t believe so. Here is why. 

We are taught to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and promised that those who love her will prosper.[2]Implied in that promise is that those who love her and pray for her would also actively support her. 

Israel is not where God will have her to be but it is His place and not ours to bring her there. 


[1]Like Steven Anderson and his followers.

[2]Psalms 122:6 (KJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

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Jeremiah 13:11 Don’t Hide in Worldiness

Jeremiah 13:11 (KJV)
For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

In what was a common practice of God among the prophets, God used Jeremiah for an object lesson. He was to:

  • Put on a girdle
  • Not wash it
  • Hide it in a while of a rock

And then after many days

  • Recover the girdle and examine it. 

The girdle, Jeremiah testifies, was so marred that it was good for nothing. 

God then says that Israel and Judah are like the girdle. 

They were given the chance to cleave to God, to be clean and holy and useful. They would not. They hid themselves in the things of the world. They refused to be cleansed in the righteousness of God. Consequently God’s judgment was that they were: 

  • Marred, 
  • Spoiled and 
  • Profitable for nothing 

In the New Testament He turned His attention to the Gentiles. 

  • May we, who claim the name of Christ, not make the same choices Israel and Judah did. 
  • May we not hide ourselves in worldliness. 
  • May we ever come to the washing of water by the Word. 

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Jeremiah 9:25-26 Preservation

Jeremiah 9:25-26 (KJV)
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

As I read this two things come to mind:
How did the Jews of Jesus’ day miss this?
God, through Jeremiah, makes it abundantly clear that, in God’s eyes, there is little difference between the circumcised and the uncircumcised. 

  • Each has opportunities of blessing
  • Each is loved of God
  • Each is chastened of God when appropriate. 

I can see but one reason the Jews in the days of Christ could not see this. They did not believe Jeremiah any more that the Jews of Jeremiah’s day did. 

This leads me to my second thought,
It is a testament to God’s superintendence that this book survives
The king in Jeremiah’s day attempted to destroy it. He cut the printed word of Jeremiah apart, page-by-page, and burnt it. God overruled and gave Jeremiah the ability to make a perfect copy of the original. 

I can’t imagine who among the Jews in those days would have thought to preserve it. Who among the latter generations of Jews would have included it in the Sacred Scriptures? 

  • This was not the deed of the Jews, as a body, recognizing God in this book. 
  • This must be the work of Almighty God insuring His work was preserved and passed down. 

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Jeremiah 7:1-4 Concerned With Obedience

Jeremiah 7:1-4 (KJV)
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

I can just see in my mind’s eye as Jeremiah stands at the gate, the multitudes of proud Jews shuffling against one another in the rush of Temple worship. Jeremiah, under direction of the Holy Spirit of God, points to the magnificent structure and proclaims, “Trust ye not in lying words saying, The temple of the Lord is this.” Again Jeremiah points to the priestly persons. Those who claim a special relationship to God and declares, “Trust he not in lying words saying, The temple of the Lord are these.” A third time Jeremiah points, this time at the sacrifices and the instruments used to accomplish them and cries, “Trust ye not in lying words saying, ‘The temple of the Lord are these.”

God, through Jeremiah, dislodged all the idols upon which these people, who so proudly believed themselves to be worshippers of the living God, trusted. 

Many years ago I preached a message to the effect of what I just described. Afterwards a man approached me and said I would never be able to pastor a larger church if I continued to preach messages like that.[1]I suppose that he has been proven correct. But I am reminded that Jeremiah wasn’t considered the most popular preacher of his day either. His message was meant to convey to the people the mind of God. He did not preach for the comfort of his congregation but their correction. 

He was concerned with obedience to God more than with acceptance among people. 

I think I will continue to try to be like Jeremiah. 


[1]He was referring to the content of the message and not the quality of the declaration.

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Jeremiah 5:24-25 Good Things Withheld

Jeremiah 5:24-25 (KJV)
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.

God told the Jews that their sins had withheld good things from them. Most people today don’t like to think in these terms but they make sense, at least in the world of reason. I think I see three realms in which this may be applied:

In the natural realm
God implies this in verse 24. He is the one who sends the early and the latter rains. He is the one who establishes the growing and harvest seasons. These good things are regular but they are not always certain. There are years without rain and seasons that get cut short by foul weather. 

In the spiritual realm
This, I think, is implied simply by the fact that it is God who says it. What good things do we lose when our sin is that most known of us? Certainly: 

  • Our relationship with God 
  • Our ability to pray intimately 
  • Our power to reach others for Christ 

In the social realm
Evil action, obnoxious spirit and carnal attitudes impact our interactions with others. Good things like a loving marriage, happy children and gainful employment may all be stunted if not completely denied us due to our sin. 

God’s Word gives a solid, spiritual and practical warning against sin. Living in it withholds good things. 

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Jeremiah 3:14-17 The Pastor

Jeremiah 3:14-17 (KJV)
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

This incredible passage is prophetic of the Jews, but extends so far beyond that. It encompasses: 

  • The church age, 
  • The Gentile believers and takes us into 
  • The Millennial Kingdom. 

I am especially intrigued by the simple description of the pastor according to God’s heart. 

  • They feed His people with both knowledge and understanding 
  • They teach the Bible and they give the sense of it
  • They show people what the Bible says and then 
  • They guide them to understand how it matters in their own lives

God give us these pastors today. 

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Jeremiah 2:13 Drink Often

Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV)
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

God accuses His people of two complimentary sins. 

  • Forsaking Him
  • Creating their own gods

That God calls them “my people” I think gives way for more than Israel. By this time the ten tribes were already done away by Assyria. Looking forward the Bible says, “As many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God.[1]

Is it possible that New Testament Christians can become guilty of these very sins?

The analogy God used was a fountain of water; He says, “living waters.” More necessary than food is the water we drink. The analogy transports us to John 4 and Jesus Christ. We only need to drink of His fountain once and we will have life forever. But we must drink of Him continuously if we would be a well for others. 

How often do we come to the fountain? 
Have we been guilty of forsaking, abandoning a constant visit at the fountain of living waters?

When one abandons that water we can be sure he will seek another source. 
Water is just too vital to miss. The problem is we can forget where the water comes from. We begin to look for our own ways to provide this essential element. We create plans, structures, systems by which we might meet the need without going to the fountain. But what we make is always archaic, broken and inefficient. It will not meet the needs of others.


[1]John 1:12 (KJV)
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

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Jeremiah 52:31-34 Always Hope, Always Try

Jeremiah 52:31-34 (KJV) And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life. Consider how quickly the circumstances changed for Jehoiachin.
  • Many of his brethren had been killed.
  • The king before him had watched his children be killed just before they burned his eyes out.
  • Jehoiachin was imprisoned and would rightly have presumed prison was his “best case scenario.”
In these circumstances a man can become overwhelmed with the bad. How could he ever hope for better? But it did get better. It got a lot better. Maybe it never got as good as being back in Jerusalem and ruling a free nation, but it got pretty good considering what it might have been. There is no such thing as a situation so bad it can’t improve. What that means is there is always room for hope and always reason to try. There is never a good reason to give up. Sure, a person might need to try something different if what he has tried hasn’t worked. That’s different than not trying at all.   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 3700 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others

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