Study of Jeremiah Chapters 1-2 – The call of Jeremiah; Judah is condemned

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Jeremiah

 Jeremiah is a fascinating book!  It amazes me how much Christians today can relate to Jeremiah’s situation.

How many of us enjoy doing a job that constantly beats us down?  God called on Jeremiah to minister, and to be God’s spokesman to Judah.  Jeremiah ministered under Judah’s last five kings:  Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.  The nation was on its way to destruction, and Jeremiah’s purpose was to urge God’s people to turn from their sins and return to God.

We will see in the study of Jeremiah that when God called on Jeremiah, he expressed his doubts in his ability to carry out God’s plan.  But God made it clear to him that this WAS the job for him.  Jeremiah ministered for 40 years, but no one would listen.

Can you imagine how you would feel doing something for that long and getting absolutely no results?  I imagine Jeremiah felt like he was a failure; like he had let God down.  But, in God’s eyes, Jeremiah was one of the most successful people in history.  We measure success by what we gain from our work; what we have to show for ourselves…material objects.  God measures our success by our obedience and faithfulness.  We may not always understand God’s calling for our life, but we must obey and be faithful to Him.  We may not always see the reason behind what we are called to do or the success of our work, but we must be obedient and allow God to work through us to complete His plan for our life.

Jeremiah 1:1-3Jeremiah 1:1-3
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The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 1 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 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. 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.  

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1 These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.  2 The Lord first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.  3 The Lord’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons.  In August of that eleventh year the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

Following the death of King Solomon, the nation of Isreal split into the northern and southern kingdoms.  The northern kingdom was called Isreal and the southern kingdom was called Judah.  They had become rivals.  During the time of Jeremiah’s ministry, both kingdoms were experiencing a chaotic time politically, morally, and spiritually.  There was a battle for world supremacy between Babylon, Egypt, and Assyria.  Judah, unfortunately, was caught in the middle of the battle.

Jeremiah 1:4-5Jeremiah 1:4-5
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4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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. ordained: Heb. gave  

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4  The Lord gave me this message:

5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.

Before you were born I set you apartand appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

The Lord is speaking to Jeremiah, who had absolutely no confidence in the accomplishment of the job that God had given to him. He was young, and for 40 years he served as God’s spokesman to Judah, but no one was listening.

 

Jeremiah 1:6-8Jeremiah 1:6-8
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6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 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. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  

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6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Do you ever feel this way? Do you share God’s message with others only to have your words fall on a deaf ear? Even when we feel discouraged or inadequate, we must remember that God has always thought of us as valuable and that he has a purpose for each and every one of us. Some of us will be appointed by God for a specific kind of work. Whatever job we are given, we should always do it for the glory of God. If you feel led to do a particular job for God, accept it with open arms and complete it with diligence. Do not allow yourself to get tripped up with the devil’s schemes of opposition or ‘road blocks’. Any time that we are doing something in the name of the Lord, expect to have Satan fighting you every step of the way.

We should not ever allow our feelings of inadequacy to interfere with obeying God. If God gives you a job to do, He will always be with you and He will provide all you need to do it! I have had people say to me “I don’t know what God wants me to do”. First and foremost, are you listening? Are you surrendering your life to Christ, seeking His hand in your life? Are you reading His word so that you may get to know Him better and draw closer to Him? Do you ask Him in prayer to make you usable for His glory? God is so very patient with us all. We all fall short of His grace and mercy, but He never forsakes us. We can never be perfect, nor does He expect us to be. God will use each of us as His plans unfold, but until then, we should all love, obey, and serve God until His guidance becomes clear to us.

 

Jeremiah 1:14-19Jeremiah 1:14-19
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14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. shall...: Heb. shall be opened 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. 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. 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. confound: or, break to pieces 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. 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.  

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14 “Yes,” the Lord said, “for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land.

15 Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. I, the Lord, have spoken!”They will set their thronesat the gates of the city.They will attack its wallsand all the other towns of Judah.

16 I will pronounce judgmenton my people for all their evil-for deserting me and burning incense to other gods.Yes, they worship idols made with their own hands!

17 “Get up and prepare for action.Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.Do not be afraid of them,or I will make you look foolish in front of them.

18 For see, today I have made you stronglike a fortified city that cannot be captured,like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.You will stand against the whole land-the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah.

19 They will fight you, but they will fail.For I am with you, and I will take care of you.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

God promised Jeremiah that there is nothing that could completely defeat him. That promise still stands and is just as applicable to us today! If you face each day with the assurance that God is by your side, he will see you through anything happening in your life, even the most agonizing problems.

Judah’s people continued to sin greatly by worshiping other gods, even after God commanded them specifically against this (Exodus 20:3-6Exodus 20:3-6
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3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.  

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), because idolatry creates a trust in man-made, worldly things instead of the Creator. There are many ‘gods’ that tempt us away from God. This includes material possessions, future plans, approval of others, and our educational and vocational goals. All of these compete for our total commitment to God. When we place the things of the world ahead of God, we place our heart in jeopardy, which is exactly where Judah’s heart was…and God punished Judah severely.

‘For I am with you, and I will take care of you.’

God will take care of us just as he took care of Jeremiah. We have in this life exactly what God intends us to have. If we are experiencing trials in our life, it is because God wants us to gain something from that particular trial. That gain is not always apparent to us until way down the road, but God has a plan and purpose for our life and when we put our trust and faith in Him, He will always be by our side.

Are you putting God first in your life? Have you put your faith in Christ to guide and direct your foot steps? Do you trust in the Lord that His promises are secure and will always keep you safe? Do you believe that with God in your life, no one can defeat your spirit?

 

Jeremiah

In the study of Jeremiah, Chapter 2, we see Jeremiah condemn Judah for its sins.  Verse 1-13 is the Lord’s case against His people, verse 14-22 shows us the results of Israel’s sin,  and verse 23-37 display Israel as an unfaithful wife.

 

Jeremiah 2:1-3Jeremiah 2:1-3
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2 1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. thee: or, for thy sake 3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.  

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1 The Lord gave me another message. He said,

2 “Go and shout this message to Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says:”I remember how eager you were to please meas a young bride long ago,how you loved me and followed meeven through the barren wilderness.

3 In those days Israel was holy to the Lord,the first of his children.All who harmed his people were declared guilty,and disaster fell on them.I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Initially, God’s people were obedient, and He was pleased. But God became angry when they refused to keep their commitment. In the beginning, Israel had been eager to please God as if she were His young bride. They were a holy, devoted people. It was very different though in Jeremiah’s time.

How do we feel when someone makes a commitment to us, and then doesn’t follow through? How does God feel when we let down in our commitment to Him? Daily temptations distract us from God. Are you remaining truly devoted to God? Are you as strong now in your commitment to God as you were the day you accepted Christ as your Savior?

 

Jeremiah 2:4-9Jeremiah 2:4-9
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4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. a plentiful...: or, the land of Carmel 8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. 9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead.  

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4 Listen to the word of the Lord, people of Jacob – all you families of Israel!

5 This is what the Lord says:”What did your ancestors find wrong with methat led them to stray so far from me?They worshiped worthless idols,only to become worthless themselves.

6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lordwho brought us safely out of Egyptand led us through the barren wilderness-a land of drought and death,where no one lives or even travels?’

7 “And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness,you defiled my land andcorrupted the possession I had promised you.

8 The priests did not ask,’Where is the Lord?’Those who taught my word ignored me,the rulers turned against me,and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal,wasting their time on worthless idols.

9 Therefore, I will bring my case against you,”says the Lord.”I will even bring charges against your children’s childrenin the years to come.

First, let me note that there are several reasons that prophets recited history to the people.

1.) to remind them of God’s faithfulness

2.) to make sure the people wouldn’t forget. They didn’t have Bibles back then. Sometimes, we tend to take for granted our Bibles, always thinking that it will be there available for us tomorrow. But, in so many countries, Bibles are illegal. What would you do if the Bible was illegal in your country and you had no access to one?

3.) to emphasize God’s love for them.

4.) to remind the people that there was a time when they WERE close to God.

History always repeats itself, and we should learn from history so we can avoid repeating the failures of others. Jeremiah condemned Judah for seeking a false security in worthless, worldly things instead of seeking God. We, also, are tempted to seek security from possessions, people, or even our own abilities, but these will fail us. We will not find a lasting security in anything or anyone but God!

**Baal was the chief male god of the Canaanite religion, and was the god of fertility. Jezebel introduced Baal worship into the northern Kingdom, which eventually spread to Judah. The Israelites, who were called to be holy, were constantly tempted by the sexual orientation of this worship.

Is there something in your life that comes before God? We must seek God in everything we say, think, or do. We must surrender our life to Him and seek His guidance.

 

 Jeremiah 2:10-13Jeremiah 2:10-13
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10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. over: or, over to 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.  

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10 “Go west and look in the land of Cyprus;

go east and search through the land of Kedar.

Has anyone ever heard of anything as strange as this?

11 Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones,even though they are not gods at all?

Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God

for worthless idols!

12 The heavens are shocked at such a thingand shrink back in horror and dismay,”says the Lord.

13 “For my people have done two evil things:

They have abandoned me-the fountain of living water.

And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns

that can hold no water at all!”

Cyprus and Kedar were pagan nations and even they remained loyal to their national gods. But Isreal abandoned the one and only God for a complete worthless object of worship! We are guilty of doing the very same thing at times. We exchange God for a worldly item, whatever it may be. We must stay true to our God each day. Jeremiah gave many warnings, but no one wanted to listen. Life is no different now. Christians share the gospel with others but not all are hearing the message.

Jesus gave us the promise of ‘living water’ if we would just ask! 

In John 4:10John 4:10
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10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  

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 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

God is called the fountain of life and the fountain of living water. When Jesus said that he would give us living water that would quench our thirst for God, Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah. Only He could give this gift that satisfies the soul’s desire.

Now, exactly what is a cistern? It is sort of like a well, dug into the ground, specifically made to catch rain water. But their’s was ineffective because the cisterns were cracked. Who would give up the fountain of living water for a cracked cistern? 

Think about this: people build religious systems to store truth, but those systems are worthless…just like money, power, or whatever transitory thing we are putting in place of God. 

Why cling to the cisterns when God promises to constantly refresh us with living water? Why do we search somewhere else for comfort of our soul when God is right in front of us and is the only One who can deliver us from the miseries in our life?

 

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14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? spoiled: Heb. become a spoil? 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. yelled: Heb. gave out their voice 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. have...: or, feed on thy crown 17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?  

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14 “Why has Israel become a slave?Why has he been carried away as plunder?

15 Strong lions have roared against him,and the land has been destroyed

.The towns are now in ruins,and no one lives in them anymore.

16 Egyptians, marching from their cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes [Memphis was near modern Cairo’s present location in lower Egypt, and Tahpanhes was in northeastern Egypt],

have destroyed Israel’s glory and power.

17 And you have brought this upon yourselvesby rebelling against the Lord your God,

even though he was leading you on the way!”

The main point here is that the people brought this on themselves by rebelling against God. It’s easy to get caught up in life. But when we live on our own and things go wrong, why do we shout out for God? Why is it we wait until bad things happen before we call on the Lord? Sometimes, we don’t bother to call on God but instead we blame Him and wonder why He allowed certain things in life to occur. Isn’t it better to worship Him, surrender ourselves to His guidance, and keep Him #1 in our life?

 

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18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. 20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. transgress: or, serve 21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.  

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18 “What have you gained by your alliances with Egypt

and your covenants with Assyria?

What good to you are the streams of the Nileor the waters of the Euphrates River?

19 Your wickedness will bring its own punishment.

Your turning from me will shame you.

You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is

to abandon the Lord your God and not to fear Him.

I, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!

20 Long ago I broke the yoke that oppressed you and tore away the chains of your slavery,

but still you said,

‘I will not serve you.’

On every hill and under every green tree,

you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols.

21 But I was the one who planted you,

choosing a vine of the purest stock – the very best.

How did you grow into this corrupt wild vine?

22 No amount of soap or lye can make you clean.I still see the stain of your guilt.

I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

We are so very blessed…as individuals, and as a nation. But even with the many blessings we receive, we continue to live in sin. It is our nature. God knew this already and that is why we needed a Savior, Jesus Christ. But there are times when we ignore our sin, and hope that it will just go away. It won’t! The stain of sin is more that just skin-deep. It seeps deep into the heart and soul of a man, and only God can remove it if you are willing to let him cleanse you!

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18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  

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“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.”Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.Though they are red like crimson,I will make the as white as wool.

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25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  

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 “The I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.

 

Jeremiah 2:23-30Jeremiah 2:23-30
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23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; thou art...: or, O swift dromedary 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. A wild...: or, O wild ass, etc turn...: or, reverse it? used: Heb. taught her pleasure: Heb. the desire of her heart 25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go. There...: or, Is the case desperate? 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. brought...: or, begotten me their back: Heb. the hinder part of the neck 28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. trouble: Heb. evil 29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD. 30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.  

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23 “You say, ‘That’s not true!

I haven’t worshiped the images of Baal!

‘But how can you say that?Go and look in any valley in the land!

Face the awful sins you have done.

You are like a restless female camel

desperately searching for a mate.

24 You are like a wild donkey,sniffing the wind at mating time.

Who can restrain her lust?

Those who desire her don’t need to search,for she goes running to them!

25 When will you stop running?

When will you stop panting after other gods?

But you say, ‘Save your breath.

I’m in love with these foreign gods,

and I can’t stop loving them now!’

26 “Israel is like a thiefwho feels shame only when he gets caught.

They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets-

all are alike in this.

27 To an image carved from a piece of wood they say,

‘You are my father.’

To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say,

‘You are my mother.’

They turn their backs on me,

but in times of trouble they cry out to me,

‘Come and save us!’

28 But why not call on these gods you have made?

When trouble comes, let them save you if they can!

For you have as many gods

as there are towns in Judah.

29 Why do you accuse me of doing wrong?

You are the ones who have rebelled,”

says the Lord.

30 “I have punished your children,

but they did not respond to my discipline.

You yourselves have killed your prophets

as a lion kills its prey.

God is comparing the people to animals who seek out a mate in mating season. The idols (or worldly possessions; securities) do not seek out people. People seek out things that they feel are of worth and go after it. As people back in time, once we are comfortable in our sin, we don’t want to give it up, and the only shame seems to be in the fact that we were caught! If we desire something so much that we will do anything to get it, that is a sure-tale sign that we are addicted to it and way out of tune with God!

 

Jeremiah 2:31-37Jeremiah 2:31-37
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31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? We are...: Heb. We have dominion 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. 34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. secret...: Heb. digging 35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. 36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.  

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31 “O my people, listen to the words of the Lord! Have I been like a desert to Israel?

Have I been to them a land of darkness?

Why then do my people say, ‘At last we are free from God!

We don’t need him anymore!’

32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry?

Does a bride hide her wedding dress?

Yet for years on endmy people have forgotten me.

33 “How you plot and scheme to win your lovers.

Even an experienced prostitute could learn from you!

34 Your clothing is stained with the blood of the innocent and the poor, though you didn’t catch them breaking into your houses!

35 And yet you say,

‘I have done nothing wrong.

Surely God isn’t angry with me!

‘But now I will punish you severely

because you claim you have not sinned.

36 First here, then there-you flit from one ally to another asking for help.

But your new friends in Egypt will let you down,

just as Assyria did before.

37 In despair, you will be led into exilewith your hands on your heads,

for the Lord has rejected the nations you trust.

They will not help you at all.

Are you ever so busy that you forget to include God in your life? Regardless whether it is an oversight or intentional, forgetting God can be dangerous. The more we leave God out of our thoughts and actions, the more we will focus on the passing pleasure of this life, and the easier it becomes to forget God altogether. What are your most pressing thoughts? Do they include God?

In verse 36, we are being shown that there is only One True God that we can depend on, and He wants us to depend on Him! God is not against us seeking help in situations, but He is against us trusting others for the help that should come from Him. Do you remember to call on God in all situations in your life? Do you trust God in all areas of your life, or are you still trying to fix certain things yourself? In order to live the plan that God has for our life, we must submit our lives to Him; we must trust in Him; and we must depend on Him. We cannot allow ourselves to forget God’s care, his love, his dependability, his guidance, and most of all, God himself!

There are many lessons that we can learn from Jeremiah’s experience.  In the first two chapters of Jeremiah, we see that the majority opinion is not always God’s will and that although the punishment for sin is severe, we have hope in God’s mercy.  We must remain strong in our faith through prayer and wearing the Whole Armor of God each day.   It is important to surround yourself with other Christians for fellowship and continue to study the Word of God so that you can understand God’s character and His plan, allowing you to discern and speak the truth.   Even when we feel alone, maybe not having the fellowship that we seek, God is always with us!  He will always reveal to us His desires in His time and will lead our footsteps.

 

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Study of Jeremiah Chapters 7-8

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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