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

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

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

Jeremiah 9:4 Nobody Likes a Cynic

Jeremiah 9:4 (KJV)
Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

I can just hear the accusations thrown at Jeremiah. 

“Don’t be so cynical!” 
“Nobody likes a cynic!” 

But that fact was, Jeremiah was right. He wasn’t looking at the glass half empty. He was looking at it for what it was.

I do not imagine that every soul in Jerusalem would utterly supplant and slander. But I do expect that it was a common trait in his time.

Here’s the thing, a positive message will often ignore the problem until the problem reaches deadly or irreversible proportions. To ignore the so-called cynic is to do so at terrible peril. I think our country may be in the shape it is because too many Christians focused on the positives or on select negatives to produce what was, in their minds, a positive outcome.

We are too busy trying to pick fruit and not nearly busy enough seeking and then speaking the truth of the Bible.

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Jeremiah 9:4 Nobody Likes a Cynic

Jeremiah 7:12 Turn Back!

Jeremiah 7:12 (KJV)
But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.

Shiloh was the original place of the tabernacle in the Promised Land. Situated in what became the northern kingdom, it is a graphic image of the decline of backsliding people.

  • It was the place God called Samuel
  • It was the place where Eli’s sons removed the ark to the battle
  • It was from this place David eventually removed the tabernacle

Now, centuries later, Shiloh was devastated in the conquest of the Northern Kingdom. God reminds the people of Jerusalem about Shiloh and warns that the same destruction was coming toward them.

I am reminded of Romans chapter eleven where God speaks of how He had removed Israel the branches and grafted in the Gentiles.[1] There is a warning there that God could in a like manner removed the Gentiles and graft back in Israel.[2]It’s an event the Bible says will happen in the Tribulation. We must not assume everything will continue as it is. We must recognize our slipping away from the Lord and purposefully, biblically, radically turn back to Him.

No man knows the day nor the hour. Our place is to live out every day as filled with the Spirit as God will allow and as obedient to the Scriptures as God will make us able.[3]


[1] Romans 11:21 (KJV)
For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

[2] Romans 11:24 (KJV)
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

[3] Romans 12:6-8 (KJV)
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

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Jeremiah 7:12 Turn Back!

Jeremiah 4:11-12 Think of the Wind

Jeremiah 4:11-12 (KJV)
At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,
Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.

Frequently, the Bible uses wind as a representation of the Holy Spirit of God. For instance, we have the words of Jesus,
John 3:8 (KJV)
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Then there is the instance of the day of Pentecost,
Acts 2:2-4 (KJV)
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Does this mean that wind is always an indicator of the Holy Ghost? No.
1 Kings 19:11-12 (KJV)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Still, there would be some profit to consider the pictures of the Holy Ghost in our passage. God said of the wind that:

  • It would not be to fan-to refresh in the heat.
  • It would not be to cleanse-to blow away smoke and harmful particles
  • God said this wind would be a sentence against them

The Holy Spirit of God does indeed refresh the believer.
There are times when, in seasons of persecution and trouble, the illumination of the Word of God, as given by the Holy Spirit restores, refreshes, and strengthens us to go on.

The Holy Spirit often brings to us cleansing
As He illuminates the Word, we find revealed in its pages our sin, the reproof of it, and the instruction away from it.

We certainly do not want to grieve, resist, or blaspheme the Holy Ghost
The latter is only possible of the unbeliever, but Christians can resist and grieve the Holy Spirit to such an extent that we become as castaways,[1] unprofitable to God and, having quenched the Spirit, unable to see as He shines the beam on a right path.


[1] 1 Corinthians 9:27 (KJV)
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

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Jeremiah 4:11-12 Think of the Wind

Jeremiah 2:2 The Mercy of God

Jeremiah 2:2 (KJV)
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

The words of the Lord are filled with pathos. What love the Father hath bestowed upon us that He remembers us. The setting is Israel in the wilderness. God says of them then that He remembers

  • The kindness of thy youth
  • The love of thine espousals (this in in reference to their relationship with Him)
  • When thou wentest after me

I’ve read the account of Israel in the wilderness. 

  • They did leave Egypt and they did follow the pillars by day and night. 
  • They did prepare the Tabernacle after the pattern of heaven. 
  • They did receive the Ten Commandments and the rest of the law.

But they also 

  • Chided Moses
  • Rejected God’s will at Kadesh Barnea
  • Complained about the manna
  • Murmured over every difficulty

They eventually made it to the Promised Land, but it was forty years later and a whole new generation.

God can remember those bad things every bit as well as the good things. He wrote them in a book for us and has seen to it that it has been preserved perfectly. But the mercy of God chooses to look only at the good. To be sure, He corrected the Jews. That was the message of Jeremiah, but He remembers the good.

The same can be said of the Christian today. God can see our sin, weakness, unfaithfulness, and self-willfulness. He teaches us that He intends to correct those things and He gives us preachers of His Word to warn us to repent. Don’t take the mercy of God for granted. At the end of the day, be thankful that God remembers when you came to His Son Jesus and became hidden in His righteousness.

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Jeremiah 2:2 The Mercy of God