Jeremiah 28:17 Tell Us The Truth

Jeremiah 28:17 (KJV)
So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

In his effort to gain popularity and reassure the people of the common philosophy of his day, the false prophet had prophesied that the captured king of Judah would be free within two years. Two years is long enough that many, if not most, would forget his message if it didn’t come to pass. He benefited immediately by telling people what they wanted to hear. He had little concern because he knew he could adjust the message to make them feel good about themselves again at the end of those two years.

Jeremiah, on the other hand, preached in obedience to the Lord. He had an entirely different audience. He pronounced that Hananiah’s message was damning to the people and that God would take his life within the year. Two months later, Hananiah was dead. Jeremiah’s prophecy came to pass, and in a frame of time people could remember.

We don’t need preachers that make us feel good. We need preachers that tell us the truth.

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Jeremiah 28:17 Tell Us The Truth

Jeremiah 25:4 Not Just One Voice

Jeremiah 25:4 (KJV)
And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

There is a song, a testimony concerning John the Baptist, that says, “One voice crying in the wilderness.” John the Baptist and Jeremiah were not so different even though they preached at different times in the history of Israel and different locations.  

  • Both had a message from God.
  • Both felt alone at times
  • Both were imprisoned for their message
  • Both were correct

But the Bible tells us that they were not just one voice. They may have felt like it at times. Those listening may have forgotten those who came before. But John, just like Jeremiah, was just one voice of all those servants of the Lord. The next chapter mentions two: Micah and Urijah.

We are never as alone as we feel like we are. When every other witness is forgotten, we have the Bible, we have the Holy Spirit, and we have Jesus who said, “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen[1]


[1] Matthew 28:20

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Jeremiah 25:4 Not Just One Voice

Jeremiah 24:1 A Basket of Figs

Jeremiah 24:1 (KJV)
The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

Here is a simple object lesson using two baskets of figs: one good and one bad. The figs represent pride and humility. 

Humility 
Jeremiah’s message was one of submission. Jerusalem was to submit to the Lord by submitting to Nebuchadnezzar. It was a difficult pill to swallow, that’s for sure. Nebuchadnezzar was a Gentile, a foreign invader, and an idolater. He was also a man created by, loved by, and used by the Lord. Those who submitted would be blessed and one day return to their land. Look at Daniel and others as proof of this. 

Pride
The opposite of humility, pride cannot see beyond itself. Pride has 

  • Little love 
  • Little repentance and 
  • Little usefulness

Pride, even of a spiritual nature, blinds the eyes and deafens the ears to the will of God. Pride tears down any bridges leading to the blessings of God. 

James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 

1 Peter 5:5-6
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of yoube subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:


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Jeremiah 24:1 A Basket of Figs

Jeremiah 23:34 A Bit of Theology

Jeremiah 23:34 (KJV)
And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house.

I see a bit of anthropology and some good theology bound together in this verse.
Anthropologically, there is the universal tendency of men to “hide” from God. 
Adam and Eve attempted first to hide in the hedges of the garden. They next tried to hide their nakedness with fig leaves. They attempted to hide their guilt by blaming each other or the serpent.

How prone we all are to these efforts. Men try to hide from God by avoiding His house, His Word, and His people. They attempt to hide their shame through alcohol, drugs, or denial. They might try to hide their guilt by blaming their parents, or their culture, or their circumstances  

Theologically we discover that God is omnipresent
No matter how we try to hide from God there is no secret place that He does not see.

Eschatologically,
In the end we will all come to face the Lord.

Soteriologically,

  • Better to prepare.
  • Better to be right with God
  • Better to know we are hidden in the righteousness of Jesus Christ

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Jeremiah 23:34 A Bit of Theology

Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Luke 2:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Mankind is so arrogant and egocentric. Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world” should be taxed. True, Rome was a large empire. They did rule a large part of the Middle East as well as some portion of Europe. They had fingers that reached into what became the British Isles and had some influence as far south as Egypt. But. in its greatest day, Rome controlled just a fraction, a tiny piece of all the world.

In many respects they didn’t even control those places they believed to be under their thumb. They never converted the Jews, for instance, into their paganism. They had a presence in Israel. The children of God were in no position to run them out. But Rome was in no position to push them either.

What we see in the account is that there was one in control of all the world. God superintended through the dominion of Rome and the rebellion of Israel to deliver to all the world, in a manner no man could duplicate, a Saviour – Jesus Christ.

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Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Jeremiah 19:5 Not In God’s Mind

Jeremiah 19:5 (KJV)
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

It is likely that none of us put as much emphasis on the command to bring our children up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord as we ought. It’s also likely, I would argue, that this contributes much to the declining state of Christianity. Even among those children who remain believers into adulthood, they are prone to transition to a faith with much less conviction and truth.

We either, as parents, ignore our children’s Christian nurture, or else offer them up in worldly activities and humanist philosophy. I would argue that what we do today, though not so grotesque as offering our children as sacrifices[1] is not far different than offering them to a false god.

Notice the progression of thought God has concerning such child sacrifice.

  • He did not command our children be offered to other gods.
  • He did not speak of it in principle
  • He did not even think it

The offering of our children to any god other than the Living God is so repulsive that God says He would not bear to allow the thought in His mind.

And yet we are too quick to accept the world’s assessment that children belong, not to the parents but to the community, and therefore the community has the right and responsibility to bring them up in the education of the world. We offer our children to that system and, very often lose them to it.


[1] We do that too in the form of abortion. Men and women worship their lusts and then slay, in the most brutal manner, the product of their disobedience to God’s Word.

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Jeremiah 19:5 Not In God’s Mind

Jeremiah 17:1-2 Children Remember

Jeremiah 17:1-2 (KJV)
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;
Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills.

There are three warnings that I can see taken from these verses concerning our sin and our children.
Our children observe and remember our sin
Parents beware. You are not able to hide your sin from your kids. You may believe you’ve hidden it from your friends. You might think you’ve hidden it from your church. I promise; you have not hidden it from God or your children. They see it, and they remember.

Our children most often copy and amplify our sin
Someone said, “What a parent does in moderation, their children will do to excess.” This explains, in part, the declination of spiritual peoples such as the Jews. Your children too often copy your sins. Far too often, they take your sins farther than you would ever have considered.

Our sin influences our children’s relationship with God
They watch us in our homes and in private times. They listen to us in our conversations. They speculate on what our whispers might mean. They know the real us. They know if our walk with God is real. They know if it is shallow. They know if it matters to us. They know, remember, and judge God based not on what we tell them to believe but, on what they have observed us to believe.

Blame the large numbers of young people who walk away from Christianity on anything you please. The plain truth is many, if not most, of them walk away because they remember the sins of their parents.

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Jeremiah 17:1-2 Children Remember

Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Mark 15:19 (KJV)
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

The Bible says that after beating and spitting upon our Saviour, the soldiers who had captured Jesus knelt and worshipped Him.

Consider
They were before the correct entity
Jesus Christ is worthy of worship. While it is a sin to worship an idol, it is not a sin to worship Jesus. It is a sin to worship any creature; whether it be animal angels or man, it is a sin to worship them. It is not sin to worship Jesus.

They were at the correct place
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event they were in the midst of, purchases the soul from death and frees us of sin.

They were in the correct posture
Modern Christianity thinks of worship as lifting hands, singing praise songs, and perhaps dancing up and down or swaying side to side. Worship is, in fact, an act of submission and humility. To bow and kneel is the correct posture of worship.

But the context tells us that what these men did was not Christ honoring worship. 

Here’s my point. 
It is possible to worship and not glorify the Lord in it. The example in our text is extreme. Perhaps you don’t know anyone doing anything near as these soldiers did. But worship offered to the correct entity, at the correct place, and in the correct posture still doesn’t glorify the Lord if it lacks humility of soul, obedience to the Word of God, and genuine faith in Him.

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Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Jeremiah 14:15 God Disagrees

Jeremiah 14:15 (KJV)
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

I recently read a piece by a man appealing for pastors and Bible teachers to quit “attacking” others of dissimilar faiths. While his own statement of faith is sound, he begs Bible teachers to stop the disparaging words about others. He goes on to name some of those targeted and attacked as:

  • Liberals
  • Pentecostals
  • Catholics
  • Prosperity Gospel
  • Etc

The writer claims to now be a longstanding member of a Baptist church but says that, in days gone by, he has been a member of a Pentecostal church, a Presbyterian Church and etc. He says that while he has come to disagree with these churches, still they are part of God’s work on earth and, as such, ought to be supported rather than condemned.

Jeremiah would have disagreed. 

In fact, the God who gave Jeremiah his message disagrees.

One of the great troubles of our day is that we are too timid with truth. We treat it as relative. What we have come to believe is true does not, in so many minds, mean that someone else’s view of truth is wrong.

That’s just not true.

Truth is so true that anything, but the truth is wrong.

Someone, at some time, must be willing to say that the message of those who preach “another gospel” did not come from God and will lead to judgment.

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Jeremiah 14:15 God Disagrees

Jeremiah 12:3 A Test of Attitude

Jeremiah 12:3 (KJV)
But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

I’ve read that the etymological basis for the word, “tried” is to examine or test for purity as one would a metal. The Bible says that God tests, examines, tries our heart especially in relation to its attitude to God. Is or is not our heart toward God?

Of course, God knows the answer. We are the ones so easily deceived by our heart. We are the ones who, without such testing, would go about believing our heart was pointed toward God when, in fact, it is far from Him.[1]

I am reminded of the test that God made of Abraham. Genesis 22:1 (KJV) 
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

The Bible says that God instructed Abraham to take Isaac to the mountain and offer him, and that God did so to tempt or to test him. Abraham did as God told him. In the end the Bible says,
Genesis 22:11-12 (KJV) 
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

God learned no new thing about Abraham but Abraham learned a great deal about himself.

Testing, trying, and trouble are never easy. But if through it we discover where our heart is in its attitude toward God, we are so much the better for it.


[1] Matthew 15:8 (KJV)
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

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Jeremiah 12:3 A Test of Attitude