|Jeremiah 7 |
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 "Stand in the gate of the LORD's house and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4 Trust you not in lying words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD.'
5 For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor;
6 If you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your own hurt;
7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever.
8 Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit.
9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know;
10 And then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, 'We are delivered free to do all these abominations?'1
11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it," says the Lord.
12 "But now go to my place which was in Shiloh, where I first set my name, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
13 And now, because you have done all these works," says the Lord, "and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear; and I called you, but did not answer;
14 Therefore will I do to this house, which is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16 Therefore do not pray for this people, neither lift up your cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me for I will not hear you.
17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
19 Do they provoke me to anger?" says the Lord."Do they not provoke themselves to their own harm and shame?"
20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, my anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and beast, and the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched."
21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; "Put your burnt offerings with your sacrifices, and eat the meat yourselves.
22 For I did not speak to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23 But this I commanded them, saying: 'Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.'2 [To hear the Lord we must patiently and persistently listen in humble silence; then we must obey what he commands completely. To obey is to follow the Lord, which all must do in order to be a true disciple. From the Word of the Lord within: "Follow precisely; do not deviate."]
24 But they heeded not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt to this day I have even sent to you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.
26 Yet they did not heed me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck; they did worse than their fathers.
27 Therefore you shall speak all these words to them; but they will not heed you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.
28 But you shall say to them, 'This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God, nor receives correction; truth has perished and is cut off from their mouth.
29 Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight,'" says the Lord. "They have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, and have polluted it.
31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
32 Therefore, behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter; for they shall bury in Tophet, until there is no place.
33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall frighten them away.
34 In the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem I will cause the cessation of the voice of happiness, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, for the land shall be desolate."
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1 We are delivered, free to do all these abominations. Notice the similarity to Christendom today, who claims they are free to sin for the rest of their lives. They think that Jesus will be their excuse for continuing to sin. They think they are free to sin with grace as their license for immorality. Yet Jesus warned everyone: Sin no more! Repent or perish! Jesus said, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. Mark 9:43,45,47-48.
2 Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.
Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people;
To listen to the Lord and obey is the key to spiritual progress. There is no progress without hearing and obeying. Until you can hear the voice of the Spirit of God and follow it, the moral core of the law is your schoolmaster. When you can hear the voice and obey it, that is the beginning of faith. When you listen, hear, and obey you have laid the sure foundation. All other foundations are sandy and will be washed away when the storm comes. He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9. If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. John 14:23-24
and walk completely in the ways that I command you, so that it may be well with you.
It is not enough to obey a command partially, or some of the commands, or all of the commands part of the time; we must obey completely what we are told to do at all times.
Moses has been told by the Lord to speak to a rock before their, (the children of Israel's) eyes, and it shall give forth water. Instead Moses had expressed anger at the people and then struck the rock twice. Despite this being the way the Lord had previously told Moses to strike the rock to bring water from the rock at Horeb, Moses was disqualified from entering the promise land by God due to his failure to follow orders.
Saul lost his kingdom because he did not completely follow the commands of the Lord spoken by Samuel which were: you will go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings. You will remain there for seven days until I come to you and show you what you will do. Saul offered burnt offerings himself, instead of waiting the full seven days for Samuel to come and to make them. This failure of Saul was evidently overlooked, at least temporarily, for in 1 Sam 15, Saul again fails to follow the Lord's instructions completely; and that failure caused Samuel to declare Saul's kingship over and to abandon him, never seeing him again.
This should be a major warning to us all that God requires us to completely and fully follow His orders. To obey completely and fully is to do an ordered work perfectly, which Jesus demands in Revelation 3:2, where Jesus is criticizing these believers' works as not being perfect; He not only wants works, He demands perfect works. The works to which Jesus refers are works of love in obedient faith to the commands you hear as you wait on God. Perfect works are to completely and fully follow His orders. From the Word of the Lord within: "Follow precisely; do not deviate."
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