|Jeremiah 8 |
1 "At that time," says the Lord, "they shall bring out [from the graves] the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves.
2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped. They shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth.
3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of those who remain of this evil family, who remain in all the places where I have driven them," says the Lord of hosts.
4 "Moreover you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord; Shall a man fall, and not arise? Shall he turn away, and not return and repent?
5 Why then has this people of Jerusalem sliden back by a perpetual backsliding? They continue deceit, they refuse to return.
6 I hearkened and heard, but they did not speak sincerely. No man repented of his wickedness, saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle.
7 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle, the crane, and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people do not know the judgment of the LORD.
8 How do you say, 'We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us?' Lo, the lying pen of the scribes has made the laws lies.
9 The wise men will be ashamed, they will be dismayed and taken. Lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD, and what wisdom is in them?
10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to those who shall inherit them because everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.
11 They [the priest and prophet] have healed also the wound of the daughter of my people falsely, saying, 'Peace, peace;' when there is no peace.1
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall. In the time of their visitation they shall be cast down," says the Lord.
13 I will surely consume them," says the Lord. "There shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defensed cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God has put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!
16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones for they have come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell in it.
17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you," says the Lord.
18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.
19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of those who dwell in a far country: 'Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.'
21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people, I am hurt; I mourn; dismay has taken hold on me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
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1 The false ministers say Peace, Peace, when there is no peace. And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness is quietness and confidence forever. Isa 32:17. Through our belief in the true gospel, we have access to God, allowing us to approach him to receive his changing, purifying grace through hearing and obedience; however, until we have been purified and freed from all sin, there is no peace or righteousness. See the definition of righteousness in 1 John 3:7's commentary and footnote to understand what it means and what it takes to become righteous.
If while on earth, we fail to patiently and persistently wait on God, hearing and obeying all his commands, thus to be purified by faith, there is no peace with God because God does not tolerate sin; thus our souls will be destroyed, and we will be banned from heaven. Then we will have to make our peace with God the hard way: through a painful education and change in Hell.
The relatively easy way to obtain peace is on earth is through the inward cross of self-denial, which through repentance and destruction (remission) of sin produces peace and righteousness that is received as the Spirit of Christ replaces our destroyed sinful nature.
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