|Jeremiah 17 |
1 "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond. It is engraved upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;
2 While their children remember their altars and their wooden pole idols in the midst of the green trees upon the high hills.
3 O my mountain in the field, I will give your substance and all your treasures as plunder, as well as your high places for sin, throughout your whole country.
4 And you, even yourself, shall be cut off from your heritage that I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land that you do not know for you have kindled a fire in my anger, which shall burn forever."
5 Thus says the Lord; "Cursed is the man that trusts in man, and depends on his flesh for strength, and whose heart departs from the LORD.
6 For he shall be like the scrub brush in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land that is not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD and whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and in the year of drought he shall not be concerned, neither shall he cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?1 [Since the fall of Adam out of fellowship with God and out of paradise, every man's heart from his youth is filled with selfishness, with sin, with evil: covetousness, (wanting more, which is idolatry); sexual immorality; lust; pride; anger; envy; etc. We are a fallen race with defiled hearts, disqualified for heaven. Only by denying ourselves, waiting on the Lord, and obeying Him, (which is to follow Jesus), do we have any hope of reconciliation with God and entering heaven when we die.]
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind,2 to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings [works].
11 As the partridge sits on eggs and does not hatch them, so is he that gets riches dishonestly. He shall lose them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool."
12 A glorious high throne, set from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary.
13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be ashamed, and those who depart from you shall be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved for you are my praise.
15 Behold, they say to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now."
16 As for me, I have not desired to cease from being a pastor to follow you. Neither have I desired the woeful day. You know what came from my lips was spoken in your presence.
17 Do not be a terror to me. You are my hope in the day of evil.
18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but do not let me be confounded. Let them be dismayed, but do not let me be dismayed. Bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
19 Thus says the Lord to me: "Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, where the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;
20 And say to them, 'Hear you the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates.
21 Thus says the Lord: Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do you any work, but hallow you the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.'
23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
24 And it shall come to pass, if you diligently hearken to me," says the Lord, "to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work in it;
25 Then there shall enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses; they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever.
26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, to the house of the LORD.
27 But if you will not hearken to me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates of it, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched."
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1 The heart is desperately wicked. From the Word of the Lord within: "your thoughts are at best a vain hiss." Today, man does not understand how radically evil he is. We don't know how different God is from us. We have no idea that in our current selfish nature, we are an abomination — totally unfit to be in the company of heaven. Understand, our minds are the offspring of Satan; and until our mind is destroyed by the Spirit of God, we will never be allowed in heaven. Remember, the Lord told Peter: Get behind me Satan because Peter was speaking from the Spirit of Satan that all men have. That is why the Lord told us to let our yes be yes and no, no because anything else [other words] comes from the evil one — Satan. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [forsake] his thoughts... For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:7-9
2 When you go to silently wait on the Lord and listen, he will search your heart and try your mind. He will show you your sins and with your regret and sorrow, take even the desire to sin out of your heart, purging you of evil. By mercy and love, truth and fidelity, iniquity is purged out of the heart. Pro 16:6. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump. 1 Cor 5:7. The Lord gives every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings (works).
I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind., Heb 4:12 says the Word of God is a discerner and judge of the thoughts and intents of the heart, which proves the Lord is the Word of God that Hebrews refers to. Christendom tries to tell us that the Bible is the Word of God, but clearly the Bible cannot discern and judge the thoughts and intents of the heart — only the Lord can do that, and certainly no book could. Even the Bible speaks of scriptures and Word of God differently. They say the Bible is the final word of God, and a closed book; they say God no longer speaks. Christendom perishes for lack of knowledge. They are stone deaf and totally blind. The Bible is the letter. The letter kills; the Spirit gives life. Those who believe the Bible is the source of truth, making it their source of Jesus, making it their God, have made the Bible an idol. From the Word of God within: "Woe be to them, for they have coupled an external form between the love of God to man," For more on how the Bible is worshiped, instead of Christ, read the astute testimony of the 18 year old Christian martyr, James Parnell.
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