Lamentations 5:21 When the Lord Does the Turning

Lamentations 5:21 (KJV)
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

Here is a powerful lesson. When God does the turning the person is turned. 

  • It wasn’t the turning of the priest he prayed for
  • It wasn’t the turning of the scribe he prayed for
  • It wasn’t the turning of the prophet he prayed for 

Jeremiah, the penman of the book of the Lamentations, prayed for the turning of the Lord. 

Years ago, I heard Carl Hatch confess that many of the souls he had “led to Christ” were really his own converts and not the Lord’s. He said the difference was that those who had been converted of the Lord went on in newness of life (my words here) where the ones he had converted said a prayer and were not changed. 

John 15 tells us that God is gloried when we bear much fruit. But recall that the illustration is of the branches of a tree. They do no discernible work. Theirs is completely the process of letting the life of the roots flow through them. If the root dies, the tree does too. It has its life solely of the vine. When the vine is active in the branches, the natural thing is that the branch bears fruit. 

We must learn to trust the Lord. He is at work if we would just rest in Him enough to see it. 

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Ezekiel 2:5 The Fundamental Duty of the Preacher

Ezekiel 2:5 (KJV)
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

It is interesting, I think, to note that God was more interested in the message than in the response to it. God will not make a person receive His Word. They might hear. They might forbear. God chooses not to make a person do one or the other. That is of their free will. 

But God was interested in the prophet.

Ezekiel 2:8 (KJV) 
But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. 

It may be today, as I preach, some in the congregation will hear. It may be that some will forbear. That is neither my concern nor God’s (of course I prefer, as does the Lord, that they hear). The fundamental duty today is that the preacher tells everyone what God gave him. 

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Lamentations 3:51 What The Eyes See

Lamentations 3:51 (KJV)
Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

The heart is affected both negatively and positively by what the eyes see. 

When we look at sin, especially in the sense of longing after it, the heart can begin to lust. When we see advertising for items we never needed before, but we study them, we can begin to believe we never knew we needed them. When we look at our troubles, or at people who cause trouble, our heart can forget there is anything besides trouble. 

But when we look to Jesus, our heart can see victory. When we look to Jesus, our heart can overcome the storms. When we look to Jesus, our heart can reach out to those who are in trouble and need. 

It is a discipline, to make a covenant with our eyes and guard what we see. But it is well worth the discipline, as those who have done so can attest. 

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Lamentations 1:1 Turn, Trust, and Obey

Lamentations 1:1 (KJV)
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

What a question. How does a place like Jerusalem go from such glory to such desolation? It doesn’t happen by accident. Israel, though blessed of the Lord, demonstrated a long history of backsliding, unconcern, irreverence and utter rebellion. 

God’s grace had been great, and God’s mercy had been long. Every opportunity had been afforded them to repent and return unto the Lord. Generation after generation had their prophets and their shining examples. Generation after generation chose rather to rebel. Gradually, almost imperceptibly, they declined spiritually, morally and socially until God removed his blessing; they never even knew how. 

Oh, don’t let this be your state. Wherever you are, turn to God, trust Jesus Christ, and obey His Word.

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John 12:32 All Men

John 12:32 (KJV)
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 

That Jesus spoke of His Crucifixion there is no doubt. Note the following verse. 

He was indeed lifted up. This means He has indeed drawn all men unto Himself. The Calvinist argument is debunked by Christ our Saviour. There is no man who is not drawn at one time or another, in some fashion or another. There is no man chosen by God to be damned as a means of God’s glory. 

This also means that any soul burdened by sin, concerned about eternity. and placing faith in Jesus, Christ may be saved. 

All who come will in no wise be cast out.[1]

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[1] John 6:37 (KJV)
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

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Jeremiah 50:32 Against the Proud

Jeremiah 50:32 (KJV)
And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

The context is of the King of Babylon. Consider what we know of Nebuchadnezzar and of Belshazzar. The application extends, I am sure, to the empire of Babylon. It was cut down by the Medo-Persian empire, really, overnight. 

But there is an overwhelming principle throughout the Bible that teaches God is against the proud. It was the sin of Satan, the sin of Adam and Eve, the sin of Cain, the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the sin that leads to all others even today. 

Pride makes us easy targets of the devil. Pride ruins our relationships with others. Pride refuses to submit to GOD and, therefore, pride can never be lifted up in the sight of God. 

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John 11:16 Let Us Go With Him

John 11:16 (KJV)
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

They did go with Jesus, but they didn’t die. Contrary, they saw instead the resurrection of Lazarus from the grave. 

There is no doubt but that this miracle propelled the Pharisees into an aggressive posture against Jesus. A conspiracy to kill Him was in the works before this chapter finished. Tradition says that all of the Apostles (except John) was executed in their lifetime. But the disciples did not die then and there. 

A good deal of the time those things that frighten us into disobedience are false fears. Even if they are based in some reality, they are seldom as bad as our imaginations make them out to be. 

Let us go with Jesus and trust Him for the outcome, whatever it may be. 

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Jeremiah 49:39 Such A Promise

Jeremiah 49:39 (KJV)
But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.

Grace.

It is not as if the Elamites were ever friends of the people of God. Though distantly related and closely connected, both in space and in histories, the Elamites were, more than anything else, a thorn to the Jews. 

Judgment was sure. 

But the promise of God’s Word was of eventual grace.

Oh, praise God for such a promise. 

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John 9:5 The Light of the World

John 9:5 (KJV)
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 

I understand that it is possible to say Jesus is in the world today. He is the light of the world today through the Word of God. He is the light of the world today through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. He is the light of the world today through believers and the corporate work of churches, the body of Christ.

But He is not in the world today in a physical form as He was when He spoke these words. A case can be made then, that without Him, our world is becoming increasingly dark. Evil indeed is waxing worse today. Increasingly the souls of men, at least in the United States, reject what light the Word of God and the believer reflects. 

Jesus will be the light of the world in the new earth. There will be no need for sun or moon because Jesus is the light of it. He will be the light in the real sense. He will also, and more importantly, be the light in the moral sense of the word.

Even so come Lord Jesus.

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John 8:5 Religion vs Faith

John 8:5 (KJV)
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

But what sayest thou?

The scribes and Pharisees were attempting to set up a false dichotomy. 
Jesus is the Word. He had previously insisted that He is greater than the Temple and the Lord of the Sabbath. Now they wanted to separate what Moses commanded in the law from what Jesus Himself would say. 

It didn’t work. 

Jesus allowed the Word of God to do what it was always meant to do; address the matter of the heart. The Bible is meant to be used as a mirror to allow us to see ourselves for what we are and to address our own sin. It was never meant to be used as a club to beat others into the shape we want them to take. 

  • Religion uses the Bible on others
  • Faith uses the Bible to correct self

Religion hypocritically makes people do what the teachers themselves do not. Faith changes the individual who is then moved to be a help to his fellow man. 

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