Tag: Wickedness in a nation

The Lord Wants To Forgive Us

God’s Offer of Forgiveness

Book of Jeremiah 3

If we do not know by now, the Lord loves to forgive. We talk many times how the Lord when on the cross reached back to get all sin of the past and looked forward to gather all sin from the future and took all that sin to the grave with Him no more to be remembered, if we would repent and accept the Lord as our Savior!

This is true of the Church Age, but it is true of all remaining ages.

All the words in this wonderful book we see of Jehovah talking to Jeremiah are the same words Jeremiah is to preach to Judah.

To his credit King Josiah had an unwavering loyalty to Jehovah God.

2Ki 23:25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

Josiah was only 8 years old when he took the throne of Judah and 8 more years passed until He devoted his life to Jehovah and a short time later he died in a battle trying to stop Egypt from open passage through the land of Judah.

The wrath of the Lord had already been kindled against Judah for the evilness of King Manasseh and the whole nation of Judah had turned away from the Lord.

As hard as Josiah tried to rid his nation of idolatry, he just did not have enough time and repentance was far from this nation.

2Ki 23:27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

Those that repented would be spared, but Judah as a nation refused to repent and the Lord would do to them as He had informed Jeremiah!

*****Jer 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

I believe the Lord is saying to Jeremiah, are you aware of the things going on around you?

A pastor from Peru sent me a message the other day and in it I found these things.

1) Adultery is openly allowed in South Africa. Adultery cannot be used as an excuse for divorce.

2) During the Obama presidency the only way for any country to have a good relationship with America they had allow homosexual marriage. I don’t thoink this is the way President Trump.

3) In Germany it is no longer against the law for incest to take place. Siblings can marry, Mothers and sons, and dads and daughters.

4) City of Miami has allowed that open sex in public not to be a crime.

5) Canada now allows bestiality and just so you know they dont mind running up the price of things that are sent to America except for prescribed drugs and thats because they want the drug trade.

6) In Spain, pornographic movies are authorized viewing in secondary schools and universities.

7) Prostitution for minors has been authorized in Nigeria. Marg Luker states that every young lady from the age of 10 starts feeling the need for sexual pleasure and no one should hinder her from discovering how her body works.

8) Finally, the US have authorized and made public satanic churches. There is one in Columbia SC as well as in 30 more states.

We might ask ourselves, are we sure we are aware of the things that are going on around us just as God asked Jeremiah.

We should repent ourselves that all these things have happened, and we are not even aware of them taking place.

God said Israel (the Ten Tribes) had played the harlot, which means they had left their first love.

God had asked them to repent but Israel had refused.

*****Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

The people of Judah had failed to learn from the mistakes that the Northern tribes had made.

They had not only committed Spiritual adultery they had become an immoral society.

The Old Testament we have today is full of people being bad examples, but the Old Testament is also full of how God handled these situations.

We will first learn that if we will repent we will be forgiven but if we refuse to repent we will see the wrath of God!

God had turn the northern tribes over to the evil Assyrians and then the Lord had punished Assyria by allowing Babylon to defeat them because they had mistreated God’s people and it would be the same for Babylon when God allowed Nebuchadnezzar to defeat Judah.

1) So, Judah had failed to learn from Israel’s sin. (Note the words backsliding and apostate)

2) Judah had failed to learn from God’s discipline of Israel. The nation was destroyed, and people exiled to Assyria.

We should also recall that God had promised that the Messiah would come through the family line of King David, so they felt that God would never allow Judah to be destroyed.

When we think we can out think God we are on a downward fall.

3) The people of Judah had become hypocrites, claiming to worship Jehovah, they had defiled the land with the untold idols of the nations around them.
King Josiah felt that the things he had done by destroying may of the idols and repairing the Temple had solved the biggest problems but even he was deceived by his own people.

4) The people of Judah had become much guiltier than the people of the Northern tribes.

It should be obvious to us that backsliding will bring the wrath of God!

The children of Israel had forgotten their own history had broke down the nation of Israel until May 14,1948

Today we have failed to learn from Bible history and our own history and now our history as a nation is being erased.

*****Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
Jer 3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

We should know by now the terrible things that follow the footsteps of wickedness and pure evil!

We are already reeling from the wickedness we see in our nation today.

We should also understand that to be evil and immoral is one thing but to claim to know the Lord in a personal relationship and be wicked and immoral is far worse!

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

*****Jer 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.

That word “feignedly” means, “not just to tell a lie but to tell a lie in the sanctuary of God”. When we heap lie after lie upon the altar of God and our own fire has gone out and our faith non-existent, then we certainly deserve what punishment God brings down upon us!

A true hypocrite will never object to go where the music is good and loud and the preaching is pointless!

These people can sit like a true Saint of God while their heart is far from loving the Lord and plotting their next mischief out in the world and most probably against that true Saint of God.

There is the rededication to the Lord that is not sincere.
There is the going to church which is not a true church.
There is a supposed calling of God that was just an excuse to do the work of Satan!

What did the Lord say?

*****Jer 3:11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

Israel without the kings in the line of David.
Israel without the Temple of God.
Israel without the Levites and the true priests of God.
Israel without a nation such as they were, to be an example of the wrath of God on His own people.
Israel who confessed their sin but refused to repent.

To Judah who refused to confess their sin because in their mind they had no sin to repent from.

Israel was certainly more justified in their sin than treacherous Judah!

2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

What is more wonderful than we realize? Jehovah God is so wonderful that He will even offer us a chance to repent!

*****Jer 3:12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Jer 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.

The message of repentance is not heard in many of the pulpits today but without repentance there can be no forgiveness.

Repentance signifies a change of the mind!

Repentance signifies a submission by separating yourself from sin which can only be done with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Jeremiah walked toward the north, he was to proclaim in the ears of Judah and Benjamin the sin of the ten tribes of Israel, the northern tribes that were now in captivity, sin that was not near as bad as the sin of Judah.

The ten tribes had not claimed Jehovah and worshipped false gods, they had just rejected Him altogether.

Judah was still claiming to serve Jehovah, but they worshipped false gods.

We should be able to see the difference here and these Jews should also see the difference.

The main ingredient in salvation is to realize that we are sinners. Once we realize we are sinners we will then realize we need a Savior and that Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ and yes, we can say Jehovah, they are one and the same!

The hand of judgment will never fall on those who repent their sin at the proper time!

Repentance is a complete change of mind that brings a complete change of direction!

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Those who refuse to repent will certainly see the judgment of God!

Another truth about our Savior, He has as much “Mercy” as He has “Grace”!

We must never miss the fact that God would rather bless us than to chastise us!

We must also know that God would rather save us than send us to the “Burning Lake of Fire”!

1Ti_2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Compare:

2Th_2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

We will all commit Spiritual Adultery if we rebel against the truth of God!

*****Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

It would be good for us to remember that God will never break any covenant He has ever made. This is the reason God can say “I AM” married to you.

The perfect marriage of one man and one woman will be to the death and the Lord is perfect!

BUT, Since the Lord can never die and He can never sin, His covenant is unbreakable.

It is only our own sin that can cause our death if we fail to repent before our own death!

Repentance means to be set free from Satan’s chains, Satan’s captivity!

Repentance means God will give us true shepherds, (Pastors).

Every time a sinner repents and returns to His Creator, the family of God grows because God can never lose any of His children.

Joh 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
Joh 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
Joh 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.

Everyone who has called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation can then freely walk into the throne room of God!

Everyone who has called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation will also witness God establish His Kingdom upon this earth!

We also know that the Lord has already begun to bring His people back to Israel, one from a city and two from a family, till they all return to the Promised Land!

*****Jer 3:16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith 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.

We should understand that in the 1000 years of the Kingdom of the Lord, there will certainly be no need for the Ark of the Covenant because the covenant Maker will be with them!

The Ark of the Covenant symbolized the presence of Jehovah and He will be with them in His person.
The Ark of the Covenant symbolized a blessing because the Lord will only abide with His chosen people.
The Ark of the Covenant symbolized their Leader, because the Ark always led these Jewish people through the wilderness a cloud by day and a light by night.
The Ark of the Covenant symbolized their wanderings were over because the Ark would would reside in the center of the camp!
The Ark of the Covent was always a token of “Good” to the children of Israel.

Understanding these things, we should better understand Revelation 11:19.

Rev_11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the true Ark of the true Covenant.

*****Jer 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

We know that during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ , He will sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem.

This will be God’s residence for 1000 years and the Church will be with Him!

During this period, the King of Kings, The Lord of lords, will rule with a rod of iron which means, “neither shall they walk anymore after the imagination of their hearts”.

We will all know just exactly what we are to do, no questions to ask!

The Lord Jesus Christ is holy in His being and His rule will be a holy rule.

*****Jer 3:18 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 unto your fathers.

There are no lost tribes of Israel because the Lord knows exactly where they are located.

The two kingdoms that were once divided will then be united like they never have before!

Jer 50:20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

Not only these things but Church and Israel will be united all of us understanding the Word of God!

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

When God forgives, God then grows His family!

What is forgiveness? Without forgiveness there could be no justification!

It is because of forgiveness that we are no longer condemned to pay the wages of sin, which was death!

Because of forgiveness we get to witness the absolute “Grace” of God, which is the Lord Jesus Christ!

Amen.

Let’s Pray!

Called to Serve

Jeremiah’s Call

Book of Jeremiah Chapter 1:1-19

If you have read much of Jeremiah, you will know that Jeremiah is known as “The Weeping Prophet”. We will see that throughout his lifetime Jeremiah witnessed one catastrophe after another along with sufferings beyond measure, and all these things broke the heart of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah was called to be a prophet of God during the last forty years of the history of Judah.

If we recall, that at the end of the reign of King Solomon the nation of Israel was divided into two nations one being called Israel, the northern nation and the other called Judah with the addition of the tribe of Benjamin.

The northern nation had already fallen and no longer existed before the time of Jeremiah and Judah, the southern nation will fall during the time of Jeremiah.

The last forty years of the time of Judah was a terrible time to be a Jew. Assyria to the north, Babylon to the west, and Egypt to the south and these three were all seeking world domination and Judah lay in the middle.

Judah had fallen away from the Lord and even rejected and denied Him, but they were unwilling to repent from their wickedness.

Jeremiah could not have started ministry until the age of 30 and He served the Lord for 41 years until his forced exile into Egypt.

Jeremiah prophesied of the wickedness of Judah and though he was ridiculed, and abused God never left his side and Jeremiah remained faithful to his calling.

This is the same for each Christian today. God will never forsake those that love Him!

It was a tragic thing to reject the Lord because He is the only one who could deliver Judah from all these enemies.

In many ways we can see America falling into this same trap! It seems that wickedness has raised its filthy head and is beginning to rule in America and most of the Church is just too lazy to take a stand on the Word of God.

When a people claim to be followers of the Lord but allow this wicked world to come into the Church, even inviting this wickedness into the Church, we will see that God will certainly not be pleased.

We already know that the Old Testament not only provides prophesies of the future but contains the many examples we are to learn from.

The Apostle Paul by the hand of the Holy Spirit writes of these things:

1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

We should also remember that even the words of Jeremiah were given to him by the Holy Spirit.

Let’s Begin

*****Jer 1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
Jer 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
Jer 1:3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

The first thing we see is that Jeremiah was the son of a priest in the line Aaron and Jeremiah would have also been a priest if God had not called on him to be a prophet answering only to God Himself.

It is believed that his father Hilkiah was not the same one who was Hilkiah the High Priest but only God knows for sure.

Remember God’s prophets always told the truth and any prophecy they foretold had to take place or they were a false prophet!

During the time of Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Daniel, and Ezekiel also prophesied the Word of God. We can see that God made sure these Jews got to hear the truth.

We should also know that every nation and every society will experience difficult years. The USA is no different having already been through the great depression and many wars that challenged our nation and now we are seeing how pure wickedness affects us and our nation.

The city of Anathoth was a city in the land that was given to the tribe of Benjamin, but it was located not more than 3 miles of Jerusalem.

Anathoth was a city of priests assigned by Joshua, so Jeremiah was raised around the many families of priests who lived there.

We also see that these people were real familiar to the Word of God because God had sent His prophets in the time of Josiah and in the time of Jehoiakim.

There is never a time that God does reach out to His people, the only exception being the 400 hundred years after the time of Malachi until the birth of Jesus Christ, where God allowed His will to take place without sending His prophets. These Jews had all the information they needed to prepare for the Messiah.

There has never been a period since Creation that this Earth we live upon was outside the control of God!

This includes the time before the worldwide flood and all the time after this flood including the day we live in now.

We must also realize we have all the information that we need today to prepare for the return of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ!

We know that in the end, Judah was carried away by Babylon and they would remain captives until the end of 70 years as Jeremiah had prophesied until the time of King Cyrus that Isaiah had prophesied.

Isa_44:28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
Isa_45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

We find these words in the Book of Isaiah before Cyrus was even born!

*****Jer 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Is there anyone in here that still thinks that a baby in the womb is not a real creation of God. We should understand that God knows what our life will be like before our seed has been planted in our mother’s womb. Not just Jeremiah but every human being that is born, no matter their race, because there is only one race!

It has already been proven that babies, before they are born, can hear things outside their mother’s womb.

Is there anyone that does not believe that the same sovereign power that ordained Jeremiah to be a prophet, and the Apostle Paul, and the many others into the ministry of the Lord, has not revealed the Lord Jesus Christ unto us so we could be saved.

Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
Gal 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

We are here today because we have also been called by the “Grace of God” into the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God did not call Jeremiah just for Judah, God called Jeremiah to witness to all the nations.

Some great things are said here:

1) Before God forms us, He already knows us.
2) Before we are born, God can sanctify us, set apart for His use
3) Before we are born, Gods knows everything about our lives

We see that God’s calling is very personal! God tries to get personal with us even when we do not want a relationship with Him!

What is the first thing most all of us do? We offer up excuses which means we have shown God our stupidity by telling God that He does not know what He is talking about.

If not for God’s “Grace” where would we be by now?

*****Jer 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

God calls humans to take the Word of God to other humans. We should be thankful that God has thought enough of us to trust us with His words of truth!

Everyone in the Church can have a ministry and they should even if it is being a prayer warrior, which the church needs many of.

We should be humbled to know that God knows us before we are even born into this world!

Jeremiah was set aside for a specific task! It was not that he would be a priest when he reached the age of maturity but a specific task for the Lord, much more important than something he was to do because of his genealogy.

Jeremiah was just a child when he understood what God wanted from Him.

There are some children today that know they been called of God for specific task and we must never hinder them but help them!

God created all the nations and every human being, and He wants us all to know the truth of His Creation so that we all can be saved.

God wants all of us to be good soldiers in the army of God, the main qualification being that we must be set apart for His use.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

I never leave this class room on Sunday thinking I have done all what God ask me to do, or even said all the words that God wanted me to say.

I never feel adequate, but I told God I would not quit on Him. I also know that this is the Lords Sunday School class and not mine!

We must realize that there are young people in our own church who God is dealing with and saying the same thing that Jeremiah said.

“Lord, I am but a child, how can I have the words to say to these people”.

Just as we live in the days we have now, as Jeremiah grew up, it was easy for him to see the wickedness of His nation.

We better believe that all the young people here in our church and others are seeing the wickedness that is happening in our own nation and the things we fail to correct during our life time, will be the things that they will face during their life time.

We must pray that they will keep their Christian roots and join into the Army of God and do a better job than we have in removing the evil in our nation!

We must also get off our own behinds and get busy ourselves!

Jeremiah knew that a prophet of God must have the ability to speak in public and he felt he could not do this. I can relate to this myself.

Most everyone called of God have these same feelings.

Even Moses felt this way.

Exo 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

God persuaded Moses and God would persuade Jeremiah.

*****Jer 1:7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

I am beginning to understand that God has given us the words we are to say, and God takes full responsibility for the results of His Words!

I am never wrong when I speak God’s Words and Jeremiah would not be wrong when He spoke the Words God had given to him.

We also see that being a child is never a good excuse for not obeying the calling of the Lord and we and our young people must realize that this is still true today!

We are all the children of God and without excuse and we have seen many babes in Christ, many of them fail because would not accept the calling of God.

God insisted that Jeremiah be obedient to his calling just He had Moses!

This is what the Lord expects of us all. He expects us to be true to the things He has called on us to do!

In most cases when we refuse the Lord, then someone will get our blessing and we will be reminded of this when we meet Jesus at the Bema Seat!

We must not make up excuses to reject the Lord’s calling. He already knows each one of us better than we know our selves.

We must understand that God will provide everything we need to do what He has asked us to do!

We are all called to be ambassadors for Christ which means we are citizens of Heaven sent here to tell the world about Jesus Christ!

God has called all of us to be witnesses of the perfect salvation that is offered as a gift to all those who call upon the name of Jesus.

This can be a frightening thing to us just like it was to Jeremiah!

*****Jer 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

The one sure thing we all must realize, is that as the children of God we do not go anywhere alone!

Our Father in Heaven is always with us!

We could not be members of Gethsemane if not for Preacher Sam, who had faith knowing what God had called him to do!

God met all the needs of Jeremiah!

God promise to protect Jeremiah!

God promised to be with Jeremiah and He would never forsake us.

Sometimes we just do not realize how wonderful it is for the Lord to say, I will never forsake you.

Psa 37:28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
It is because the Lord will never forsake us that we are preserved throughout eternity!

All these things begin when we serve the Lord while we are still upon this earth!

As Christians many will look upon us with disdain, but the Lords says we must never be afraid of their faces.

The Lord will give us the things to say. He has already given us His Word, but the Lord will give us the words at that moment what needs to be said, by the Holy Spirit who lives within each Saint of God!

No matter how inadequate we feel God will meet our needs! I can promise you, I know a lot about this one!

Even while Jeremiah was a child, the Lord began to instruct Him but also to make him confident in what God was asking from Him!

Remember how we always say the Apostle Paul did not have the New Testament to help him build the church.

We can also say that Jeremiah did not have much of the Old Testament when God call ed on Him. In fact, about all Jeremiah had was the five Books of Moses.

We should be able to see how important it is that we have the complete Word of God today because God called on these great men of God to give us what God has said and then He also given us all these examples.

We must understand the most important thing we can give the Lord, is to be available when He calls having a willing heart, open to the ways of the Lord!

God seeks a heart that is surrendered to Him and this is a person that God can equip to be a servant to those who do not know Him!

What did God say to Moses:

Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Exo 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

There is never an excuse that is good enough to cause God to change His mind, beyond a total rejection!

When we know we are inadequate to commit to the work God has given to us, then we also know that we must give God the glory for any accomplishment that comes by our work!

We must get one thing straight in our minds, it is the Lord and not man who controls the affairs of the world!

We must also understand that God will give His message to those He calls!

*****Jer 1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

We are to listen when God speaks.
We are to obey when God commands.
We are to trust when God promises.

When we get these three things mastered, then we are almost ready to serve the Lord!

These things cannot be accomplished without a New Birth!

To be “Born Again” is to be changed from our own unrighteousness into the perfect righteousness of the Lord, one day at a time.

When we are adopted into the family of God, our Heavenly Father will begin to teach us about Holiness, and not just any holiness, but the holiness of His Dear Son!

We must also understand that every “Babe in Christ” needs sometime to be discipled in the ways of the Lord. It can only happen as the Lord touches their lips and gives them His Words!

Then what comes out of our mouths must reflect the Word of God!

Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

When the Lord calls us and equips us, then He will direct us to where we are to go.

*****Jer 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

What was Jeremiah’s calling?

Jeremiah was to tell these people what God had planned, if there was no repentance.

Jeremiah was to be a Prophet called of God and what Jeremiah said would certainly be the truth!

If the children of Israel would repent and turn back to God, He would plant them on their lands and they could build into a great nation.

If there was no repentance, then God would root out the evil and forsake His people who had forsaken Him.

God would pull down the magnificent structures of David and Solomon, even the Temple and no one would be able to escape these things.

God would destroy their homeland. We already know that the land belonging to Israel became a wilderness and desert until these people returned to this land.

We know that God did all these things just has His Prophet had said!

Zec 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us.

But God never forgets what He has already done!

Jer 31:28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
Jer 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.
Jer 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

There was a partial fulfilling of these things when King Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to their nation in the 70 years that Jeremiah had said.
There would a greater fulfilling of this prophecy in our day, as Israel returns to the land God had given to them as most every prophet foretold.

*****Jer 1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
Jer 1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

In Palestine, the Almond tree is the first tree to bloom and the first tree to bear fruit.

We should understand from this vision that Jeremiah was the only prophet to see most of his prophesy’s fulfilled before he died but this does not mean we are to skip over this great book. It fact we would be foolish to do so!

2Ti_3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

This statement includes the Book of Jeremiah!

These things mean that we must always be aware of the things happening around us at our home and in our world but most important of all we must be aware of what is happening to Israel!

We must always realize that God will absolutely do as He says if He does not see the repentance that He lovingly asks for!

When God says, “behold I come quickly”, He means what He says here also!

The blossoms of the almond tree were a sure sign that Winter was over, and Spring had begun.

We must understand that when we see events take place that have been described by the prophets, it teaches us that God’s will is taking place just as He said. God will always be true to His Word!

In the Book of Ezekiel, we see these words.

Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.
Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.
Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Jeremiah would preach the truth of repentance all his days but much like Noah, the Word of God would be rejected, and God would do just as He said.

Over and over we see in the Old Testament that God speaks by His priest and prophets and the nation of Israel will reject the Word of God and most times, it is the sin of pride that has gotten in their veins.

We should never believe that the Lord is waiting for certain things to take place, when He is watching them take place.

Nothing catches the Lord off guard!

He has known the ending from the beginning, all the way back to before He created our world and said, “let there be light”.

There is not one thing that can catch the Lord God Almighty off guard!

Psa 111:6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
Psa 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
Psa 111:8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

God does not change! The Old Testament is full of examples of what God has already done and we are to learn from our mistakes also, because we know the God will never change His ways.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

When the Lord Comes, He will come quickly!

Again, the Lord shows Jeremiah another vision.

*****Jer 1:13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.
Jer 1:14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

A seething pot would be like a kettle full of rapidly boiling water.

The seething pot shows us the terror and confusion that would fill the city of Jerusalem when her enemies came, and they would come from the North.

The word “seething” found in the Strong’s Dictionary means: blow, breath, give up, cause to lose [life], seething, snuff out.

The word “pot” can also mean a thorn (as springing up rapidly); by implication a hook: – caldron, fishhook, pan, ([wash-]) pot, thorn.

That word “North” means not only direction, it but also means gloomy and unknown.

We will see that, all these words speak of a siege of Jerusalem, which we know took place by King Nebuchadnezzar.

The patience of God was wearing thin for Jerusalem and the nation of Judah, and these things speak of a time when these Jews would see terror and confusion like they had never seen before.

We need to understand that when we speak of the Word of God, then we must see it clearly ourselves! This is another reason God says for us to study the Scriptures.

When we understand what God is saying “good or bad” we must never be ashamed to tell it to others!

God will always use the things in His own creation to teach us these Biblical truths!

In the New Testament Jesus Christ used parables to teach and each parable would teach a Heavenly truth.

Nowhere in all the Scriptures will we ever see that God uses fables to teach His truth! A fable is never a truth!

We may also notice that just before these visions, Jeremiah had confessed his ignorance and inability to do what God was calling him to do!

A good thought is, it is not the gift of sight, used here on Jeremiah that distinguishes one man from another, it is the gift hearing, where we can say, “we hear a voice that those who are lost cannot hear!

Rom_10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

This is God’s way during the Church Age!

Jeremiah was not to show these people of Judah great and powerful things; his job was to preach the words God had given to him through the Holy Spirit!

It should be obvious that those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ, will see the wrath of God!

Sin has a penalty.
Sin has consequences.
When we live in wickedness, we condemn our ourselves to the “judgement of God”

We will die and be forever separated from a Holy God who tried His best to save this entire world and is still trying to convince those who do not know Him to seek Him, so they can also know Him!

God will never beg us to obey His truths, but He will try to convince us that His Words are true, by using some human.

Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

For those who are lost and reject the Word of God, there is an evil that is surely coming to them!

These things are all true because, it is Jehovah that sits on His Throne in Heaven and He is His Own Counselor!

*****Jer 1:15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
Jer 1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.

We should understand that when the Lord takes His time to teach us heavenly things, it is good that we follow His teachings!

Preaching God’s Judgment would be a very hard thing to do for Jeremiah. He loved his nation, but he loved his Heavenly Father much more!

We are wrong when we do not share the bad news to non-believers, but we are even more wrong when we do not share God’s “Good News” of the “Saving Grace” of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah had one task, he was to preach only the words the Lord gave to him!

Not philosophies.
Not psychologies.
Not ideas.
Not theologies.
Not according to their own beliefs.

*****Jer 1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

God warns us of our own backsliding.
God warns us of quitting on Him.
God warns us of turning away from His Word!

Whatever mission God has chosen for us, we must complete that mission!

God explains to each of us that our mission is to deliver His Words!
God explains to us that we must go to where we are sent!

God is always responsible for the outcome of His Words rightly divided!
God will also avenge those who are persecuted for doing what He has said to do!

If we twist the Word of God into some other meaning, then we should fear the wrath of God.
If we are faithful to do what God asks us to do, then we have no reason to fear the wrath of God. It is just that simple!

When we gird up the loins of our mind, it is saying we are prepared to get into the battle with the truth of God our only weapon and our faith is our armament, our shield!

God warns us against backsliding and turning away from our task. Remember when we turn and run there is no armor on our backside but the armor we wear cannot be penetrated from the front!

To gird up our loins is to be prepared to enter this battle with evil and to not look back!

Heb 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

We are on the winning side and we must never forget that this is true!

*****Jer 1:18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
Jer 1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

We know from reading the Book of Jeremiah, that he was known as the weeping prophet but here we can also know that Jeremiah was given a strength that no power on earth could overcome!

Jeremiah was invincible until the task God had chosen for him was complete!

The truth is that Jeremiah would outlive every insult that he received!

Notice that if all those in the land turned against Jeremiah he would still triumph over them.
Notice if was a king with all the power of a king, Jeremiah would triumph over him.
Notice if it was all the priests , Jeremiah would still triumph.

Then God said, they will certainly fight against Jeremiah, but they would not be able to overcome Jeremiah!

Why should we ever worry when we do what God tells us to do!

Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

We already know that the Lord is no respecter of persons and what he did for Jeremiah, He will do for you!

God did not ever say Jeremiah would not suffer and He did. The Lord said we will be persecuted!

God just told Jeremiah that He was on the winning side! The Lord has placed each of us that know Him also on the winning side.

If we read the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, on toward the back of the Book, it plainly states that all those who love the Lord are on the winning side.

Never allow this world to teach you differently! We live in world filled with losers who need to know how to get on the winning side!

Amen

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