Jeremiah 17:7-8 Scripture With Scripture

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

I want to first make a reference to, 
Psalms 1:1-3 (KJV) 
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Jeremiah must have surely been aware of the Psalm of David. Even had he not been, the Holy Spirit of GOD most certainly is. It is fascinating to see that the Holy Spirit uses His own word to reinforce his Word. When I, as a believer, am reminded of another passage, it is surely something that the Holy Spirit is doing in me. God uses His Word to teach His Word. We compare Scripture with Scripture. We lay it side by side, line by line. We learn, as we do this sort of study, that the Word of God does not contradict itself but gives depth and fuller meaning to itself. 

Romans 11:33 (KJV)
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

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Jeremiah 16:21 One Gift

Jeremiah 16:21 (KJV)
Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.

This is, I think, a promise concerning our current “church age” days. Though the Gentiles have idols of every sort, God would one day give them just one gift to cause them to know, 

  • God 
  • God’s might and 
  • God’s name 

That one gift and one event is, of course Jesus: His life, His death and His resurrection. 

What else would any man need? If we will not come to the Lord because this gift, we must be lost forever. 

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Jeremiah 13:9 The Pride of Judah

Jeremiah 13:9 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

If anything could be said of the Jews, especially then, it is that they were filled with pride. The object lesson of Jeremiah’s girdle has to do, not just with Judah and Jerusalem, but with their pride. 

God said He would do with their pride as Jeremiah did with the girdle. 
It was well used
Worn many days. God certainly gave the Jews the opportunity, for centuries and for generations, to be close to Him. 

It was not washed
The children of God, though they had the opportunity, never came to the Lord for cleansing.

It was hidden
Which is, I think, what happened with the Jews between AD 70 and 1948. They existed, but they were thought of poorly.

It was then good for nothing 
Israel exists as a nation and they make great contributions to the world. But the fact is, without the friendship of the United States (and the protective hand of God) they would be in constant conflict. They are certainly of no spiritual value today, which is their true reason for existence. 

Pride is the most dangerous sin of all. We must be vigilant and remove it as soon as we see it rise up in us. 

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Jeremiah 11:13 As Many Gods As Cities

Jeremiah 11:13 (KJV)
For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.

These were the people of Judah, the apple of Gods eye, the cream of the crop, if you will. Yet God says of them that every city had its own gods and every street had its own altar on it. 

Verse 14 says, “Therefore pray not thou for this people…” There comes a point when the only correct path is to allow a person or a people to suffer their judgment. That is what happened with Judah. The correct path for them at this point, was Babylonian captivity. 

I don’t know that it has ever been true, but I am convinced that America has thought of itself as the apple of Gods eye, the cream of the crop, the best of the best. The fact is we have about as many gods as we have cities and we have about as many places to pay homage to those gods as we have streets. America (I realize we are not the only ones enduring these troubles) has found herself in the midst of terrible calamities. Instead to forging through them in the power of our own might, we must humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways. 

Only then can we hope to have the ear of God in prayer. 

Only then may we hope God will heal our land rather than continue this judgment. 

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Jeremiah 9:2 Stay The Course

Jeremiah 9:2 (KJV)
Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

I imagine every preacher of God’s Word has felt like this at one time or another. We have lofty ideals. We desire to be sold out to God. We wish to preach to people who are sold out to God. We long to see our community, our country, our world sold out to God. 

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Verily, this is not our experience. 

  • Our world is in turmoil
  • Our country is divided
  • Our community is not godly
  • Our churches are far from perfect the fact is
  • Our very selves have not attained unto righteousness 

Would to God we had a way of escape, a place to go to hide from it all. 

Truth be told, God has not provided such a place on earth. We are here, just as Jeremiah was, to minister in the midst of this “assembly of treacherous men.”

Stay the course. God’s will is being done. 

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Jeremiah 5:3 There Is An Answer

Jeremiah 5:3 (KJV)
O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

I get the impression that there is a worldwide judgment underway at this time. 

  • I heard today that Israel is in a lockdown due to COVID-19 
  • I have a friend, a missionary in Papua New Guinea, who speaks of civil unrest there
  • Today I heard of another hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and mandatory evacuations in the region

That on top of the forest fires, unhealthy smoke in the air, continuing riots, police being shot, and governmental orders to maintain masking and social distancing. 

When will people soften their faces before the Lord?

Never have I heard of such forest fires as have burnt entire towns in Oregon to the ground. I do not wish to be insensitive, but I am reminded of, 
Jeremiah 5:14 (KJV) 
Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 

There is an answer. Instead of hardening our faces and refusing correction, we need to hear and obey, 
Jeremiah 5:5 (KJV) 
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: …

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Jeremiah 3:4 Before It Is Too Late

Jeremiah 3:4 (KJV)
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

It was very early in Jeremiah’s ministry. Israel had already been defeated. Judah, though described as treacherous, still had the opportunity to repent. Jeremiah, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, cried out to Judah, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

I say we need to hear that message again. America, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Governors of Washington Oregon California and elsewhere, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Leaders inciting these riotous mobs, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Mayors of troubled cities, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Moms and Dads, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Pastors and church leadership, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

We know that Judah rejected the message of Jeremiah and we know they paid a terrible price for it. Before it is too late, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

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Jeremiah 2:22 Are You Washed?

Jeremiah 2:22 (KJV)
For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

Once in a while a detective type program will portray a criminal who, try as he might, can’t clean the crime scene well enough to keep from getting caught. The program will always have them leave:

  • The butt of a cigarette 
  • A small piece of jewelry 
  • A glass with fingerprints or 
  • A drop of blood

Sometimes they will portray a criminal who, though they shower thoroughly feel like they cannot wash off the blood. 

I have met people who, because they feel guilty, want to do some good deed as recompense. Maybe mow the Preacher’s lawn or wash the church building. I believe programs like Reformers Unanimous play on this guilt and get their people to do good deeds for the church. Good deeds are fine so long as the doer doesn’t think he is earning some favor by them.

God clearly tells us that there is no soap on earth that can wash away the guilt of sin. We could never attend church enough, do enough, change enough, give enough, even repent enough to remove the guilty mark of our sin. There is not enough religion, there is nothing we could sacrifice to purge away the stains of our crimes against God. 

That’s why Jesus came. In Christ God Himself provided the one and only element capable of washing away our sins, the blood of Jesus. 

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing flood?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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Jeremiah 52:2-3 This Is Evil

Jeremiah 52:2-3 (KJV)
And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Zedekiah did evil, he did that which was displeasing to God, by rebelling against the king of Babylon. 

I’m trying to put myself in Judah in those days. 
On the one hand, you know that God has given you this land. 
You belong to a peculiar people, chosen to make God known in the world.

On the other hand, you are threatened by a people noted for their ungodliness 
And there are plenty of preachers, by far the majority and the most popular ones, who preach to hold fast and fight Babylon. Your sense of nationalism tells you they are right. But there is this one preacher, Jeremiah, preaching God’s will is surrender. It’s time for Judah to accept chastening for her sins. 

Your flesh says to fight Babylon but you have to know Jeremiah is correct about the sins. Conviction fills your heart. 

  • But the majority
  • But the pride
  • But the wisdom of the flesh

Zedekiah chooses these above the conviction and that is evil. 

How is one to know right from wrong, good from evil? When the majority of voices and your own good sense says one way is right, how is it your fault if you choose it over that still small voice? 

The answer is God. Each of us is responsible to seek Him and to know Him. He is near[1]and easy to be found if we will but let go of pride and surrender to his voice.

  • There is a wooing of the Holy Spirit and
  • There is the wisdom of the world and the flesh

To choose the flesh over the Spirit is evil. 


[1]Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

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Jeremiah 51:5 What Comfort

Jeremiah 51:5 (KJV)
For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.

What a word of comfort! I can imagine that such a message might not seem like much when at first it is heard. Jeremiah’s sermons went something like this:

  • Israel has sinned
  • God will use Babylon to chasten Him
  • Israel must submit to this rod but 
  • God has not forsaken Israel and 
  • Babylon will be defeated 

When they were in the midst of the “Israel has sinned” or “Israel must submit” parts of the sermon it might not seem so comforting to hear that God has not forsaken them. But in the middle of Babylon, during times of great trial, as when Haman attempted their extermination[1], such a promise would hold great comfort. 

We are in a world filled with sin. It would be foolish for us to deny our own complicity. God uses circumstances, some very unpleasant and often from sources we despise. But in the thick of it we have this wonderful and comforting assurance, “Though we have sinned against the Holy One, He has not forsaken us.”


[1]Esther 3:6 (KJV)
And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

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