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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John 6:40 Or Else He Is No One

John 6:40 (KJV)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 

It is God’s will that Jesus lose none of those given Him. 

It is also God’s will that they have everlasting life and that Jesus raises them up at the last day. 

Notice the qualifications of those that are not lost, have everlasting life, and are raised up at the last day,

  • They see the Son 
  • They believe on Him

No one truly believes on Jesus until they see Him as who He is; the crucified, buried, and risen Son of God. The only begotten of the Father, the only propitiation for our sins, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us. 

He must be to us more than a historical figure. He must be more than a doctrine. He must be the living, powerful, and ever-present Saviour, or else He is no one to believe on. 

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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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John 5:23 To Mishandle Jesus

John 5:23 (KJV)
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 

So many religious “faiths” claim to honor God the Father:

  • The Jews
  • The Mormons
  • The Jehovah’s Witnesses even
  • The Muslims 

But the they each do different things with Jesus. 

Christians too wish to honor the Father. The difference is that we believe the way to do that is through the Son, Jesus Christ. 

Every man has a right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. But take care. To mishandle our faith in Jesus directly affects our relationship with God the Father. 

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Jeremiah 38:20 Choices

Jeremiah 38:20 (KJV)
But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

If only the king had been able to see what we see. 

Zedekiah was presented with a powerful opportunity to change the course, not only of his country but of his family. 
He was aware
Having knowledge that there was a man of God in Jerusalem. 
He was compassionate 
And saved Jeremiah from the miry dungeon. 
He was sensitive 
And called to hear the message of God from Jeremiah. But
He was afraid
Of what the Jews would do to him if he were to obey God’s Word. 

Though he did not yet know it, he was afraid of the wrong thing. He chose not to obey God’s Word and attempted to flee the city. He was found out, pursued and captured. But that wasn’t the end of it. The king of Babylon slew all of his sons before his eyes and then put out his eyes. The last thing he saw on this earth was the execution of his children. He would live out the remainder of his days with that awful scene fixed in his mind and the full knowledge that he had been given the opportunity to prevent it. If only he had listened to the man of God. 

I think I see this scene played out time and time again with people who hear the Word of God, receive a warning from the man of God, but are motivated for their own reasons to disobey. And they watch as their choices lead to their own children being sacrificed to this world. 

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John 3:36 What Does It Mean to Believe?

John 3:36 (KJV)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

A pertinent question would be, “What does it mean to believe?”

Christianity in America has devolved into an idea that believing is mental consent. It is, according to modern theology, the willingness to acknowledge the existence of Jesus Christ. On this basis, America has, for years, claimed to be a Christian nation. My contention is that this definition of belief is both shallow and unsupported in Scripture.

First, consider the devils
The Bible certainly affirms that they believe. We even have examples of those devils “witnessing” for Jesus. But the Bible says they tremble. They believe but it is not a saving faith. 

Second, consider the testimony of Christ 
His relationship with his Heavenly Father was such that he did what His Father commanded. He came to do God’s will and was quick to lay aside his own for the Father’s. 

Third, consider the testimony of the New Testament saints
There are no biblical examples of believers, except that they were abandoned to follow the Lord. We have examples of people like Demas, but Paul’s remarks concerning him are pretty glaring. We have the record of the Judaizers, but again, Paul’s analysis of them leaves us questioning whether they were genuinely saved. If they had another gospel which is not the gospel, do we really claim them as brethren?

Undoubtedly there is room in the definition of “believe” for some differences of opinion. What we really can’t accept is that saving faith acknowledges that Jesus exists and stops there. Saving faith must believe that he is the Son of God, that He died and rose again, and that to be a believer is synonymous with being a follower dedicated solely to Christ. 

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John 2:9 The Servants Knew

John 2:9 (KJV)
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

The servants knew. 

  • The ruler didn’t know where the wine has come from
  • The guests likely did not know

The Bible says those who knew that a miracle had happened were servants. Even then it was a very specific group of servants, those which drew the water. Jesus never made His miracles plain to everyone and He doesn’t make Himself obvious even today. Those who know what Jesus does are,

  • Those who are servants 
  • Those servants who are active in obedience 
  • Those who by faith believe them

I have, for almost 40 years, drawn water from the Word of God. I have witnessed the Lord turn it into “wine,” saving souls and comforting believers. I know what He has done. 

  • I know He saved me
  • I know He called me to preach
  • I know he will save and use others

And sometimes, someone will hear me and believe. 

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John 2:9 The Servants Knew

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Jeremiah 32:23 The Treasure in Jesus

Jeremiah 32:23 (KJV)
And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:

What an unbelievably stern verse. One would be tempted to call it an exaggeration, except it is the inspired Word of God. Israel, since the day they had entered the Promised Land, had done nothing God commanded them to do. 

I am sure they would have argued the point. 

  • What about under King David?
  • What about the revivals under good kings Hezekiah and Josiah?
  • What about those times when the blessings of God were evident in the land?

I am reminded of, James 2:10 (KJV)
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 

Here is a truth that applies to all, Jews and Gentiles. If we were able to obey everything God said, except for one offense, even one time, we are accountable as if we had disobeyed everything. 

This is why the grace of God in Jesus Christ is such a treasure. Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.[1] He obeyed everything the Father commanded without exception. He is perfectly, wholly and completely righteous and, the Bible says,
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

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[1] Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

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Jeremiah 32:23 The Treasure in Jesus

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