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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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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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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Jeremiah 48:10 Whatever Our Work

Jeremiah 48:10 (KJV)
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Gill says “they were not to spare them, as Saul did the Amalekites, and Ahab Benhadad. This is a general rule, which may be applied to all divine work and service; every man has work to do for God; some in a more public, others in a more private way; all should be done in uprightness and sincerity, with all faithfulness and integrity: it is done deceitfully when men play the hypocrite; and negligently when they are backward to it, lukewarm in it, and infrequent in the performance of it; which brings upon them the curse of God; and which is not a curse causeless, but a legal one”

We all have a different work to do for the Lord. Whatever our work is, we ought to do it heartily and until God says we are done.

Colossians 4:17 (KJV) 
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 

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Jeremiah 46:28 Predetermined, Limited and Definite

Jeremiah 46:28 (KJV)
Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.

God corrects His own in measure. 

  • The lost will one day be judged in in the harshest of terms, the lake of fire forever. 
  • The children of God will not be judged (that has been finished at Calvary). 

We are, instead, corrected, and that in measure. It is predetermined, limited in intensity, and has a definite end.[1]

Someone will object that this verse is a specific promise to Jacob. It is that. But it has application that fits the New Testament child of God as well. 

Consider,
2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

And,
Hebrews 12:5-11 (KJV)
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Predetermined, limited in intensity and has a definite end. 

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[1] This, by the way, is how a parent must discipline their child.

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Jeremiah 45:5 Great Things

Jeremiah 45:5 (KJV)
And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

I can’t imagine what great thing Baruch would have aspired to. 

  • The royalty and wealthy had been taken captive to Babylon 
  • The remnant, poor and unwanted had fled to Egypt 
  • They had forced Jeremiah (and I assume Baruch too) to go with them

Great things?

  • Did he mean popularity?
  • Did he mean wealth?
  • Did he mean influence and power?

I hardly think he could have thought those. 

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown says,
“When my own peculiar people, a “whole” nation and the temple, are being given to ruin, dost thou expect to be exempt from all hardship?”

Perhaps the great things he expected was simply to be free of the trouble. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown continues,
“Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this world, and this made his distresses harder to be borne.” 

It’s not popular Christianity today, especially since we have been spared so much hardship for so long, but perhaps it’s time we stop expecting to be treated as well as we have been. 

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Jeremiah 42:2-3 Be Faithful Anyway

Jeremiah 42:2-3 (KJV)
And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

It turns out that the request of the people was not sincere. But it would have been a welcome thing to hear. 

  • They asked him to pray for them
  • They asked for directions from the Lord and
  • They promised to obey them whatever they were

We know that they did not obey and in fact forced Jeremiah to go with them in their disobedience. 

But Jeremiah was faithful. 

  • They asked him to pray for them, and he did. 
  • They asked for a message from God and he got it
  • They asked him to show them the thing they should do, and he did it

We can’t force people to do the right thing. We can be faithful to God and to them anyway. 

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Jeremiah 42:2-3 Be Faithful Anyway

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