|Jeremiah 3 |
1 "They say, 'If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him to become another man's, and if he returns to her again, will the land not be greatly polluted?' But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet you now try to return again to me," says the Lord.
2 "Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not laid in adultery. By the wayside you have sat waiting for them, like an Arab [thief] in the desert; and you have polluted the land with your whoredoms and with your wickedness.
3 Therefore the rain showers have been withheld, and there has been no spring rain; and though you had a whore's forehead, you refused to be ashamed.
4 Will you not from this time cry to me, 'My father, you are the guide of my youth?
5 Will you reserve your anger forever? Will you keep it to the end?' Behold, you have spoken and done evil things as you could."
6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king, "Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there has played the harlot.
7 And I said after she had done all these things, 'Return to me.' But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8 And I saw, when for all the causes in which backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.
9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and with wood carvings.
10 And yet for all this, her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to me with her whole heart, but with pretense," says the Lord.
11 And the LORD said to me, "The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, 'Return, you backsliding Israel,' says the Lord; 'and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you. For I am merciful,' says the Lord, 'and I will not stay angry forever.
13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice,'" says the Lord.
14 "Turn, O backsliding children," says the Lord. "For I am married to you, and I will take one of you one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
15 And I will give you pastors according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days," says the Lord, "they shall say no more, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD;' neither shall it come to mind. Neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. Neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance to your fathers.
19 But I said, 'How I would treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, a better heritage than all the hosts of other nations?' and I said, 'You will call me father, and shall not turn away from me.'
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel," says the Lord.
21 "A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings." "Behold, we come to you for you are the LORD our God.
23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the worship of idols on the hills and multitude of mountains. Truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.
24 For shame has devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covers us for we have sinned against the LORD our God; we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God."1
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1 we have sinned against the LORD our God; we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God. To progress spiritually, you must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace.
The Lords' voice is kind, gentle, pure, easily understood, easily accepted, peaceable, complete, morally correct, and encouraging — never with even a hint of sarcasm, bitterness, or condemnation — never incomplete leaving you guessing what he wants; instead His words are full of love itself — his spirit of Love — for he is Love. He will tell you things about Himself. He will encourage you. He is kindness. He will tell or show you things about yourself; some will be things that are ugly. But since he is your friend, you know that he is showing them to you for your own good. So you listen and watch. And you don't run; you stand before the Son of Man. And you repent of what he shows you. And sometimes he gives you commands. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands and show him you love him by being obedient.
So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation. To review the scriptures showing the consequences of not obeying the Voice of the Lord click here.
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