Jeremiah 44:16-18 (KJV)
As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
What a snare men set for themselves. Truly the god, who is the mind of the corrupt men, reasons to their own harm.
God had warned them not to worship those false gods and do that thing that He hates. They countered that they would not obey God for two reasons:
- When they had disobeyed in the past, they had plenty
- When they had done as God said in the past, they had suffered
To them it was all about their own experience. They took the short view. They looked at what was in the moment. They missed the fact that God’s promises work on a different timetable.
God countered by reminding them that the reason they had lost the Promised Land was the disobedience of their fathers. Judgment had not come instantly but it had come. Blessings come in the same manner.
Any one of us can find reasons why obeying God’s Word doesn’t make sense. The reason to obey it is just one, “it’s appointed unto man once to die and after this, the judgment.”
 Hebrews 9:27
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Jeremiah 44:16-18 The Reason to Obey God
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