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“May you and I stay pure before the Lord.” <>< Dona (10/15/20)

Please read Jeremiah 4 through 6.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Jeremiah 4 Theme

God’s people were warned of an invasion from the north (v. 5-6).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Jeremiah was confused because he thought You had promised peace to the Israelites (v. 10).

Something to think about

God pointed out to Jeremiah why He had to judge Israel and how they could be saved (v. 14). Because Israel wouldn’t repent disaster would come upon them (v. 15-18).  This would continue until Israel turned from her sin and turned back to following God (v. 27-28). 

Something to experience

Just as Jeremiah told Israel, we too must turn from our sin if we expect God’s Word to take root and grow in our hearts and lives (v. 1-4).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 4:1-41 “If you will return, Israel,” says the Lord, “if you will return to Me, and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight; then you will not be removed; and you will swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness. The nations will bless themselves in Him, and they will glory in Him.” For the Lord says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, “Break up your fallow ground, and don’t sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest My wrath go out like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.” 

Jeremiah 4:5-6 “Declare in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, ‘Blow the trumpet in the land!’ Cry aloud and say, ‘Assemble yourselves! Let’s go into the fortified cities!’ Set up a standard toward Zion. Flee for safety! Don’t wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.”

Jeremiah 4:10 Then I (Jeremiah) said, “Ah, Sovereign Lord! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You will have peace;’ whereas the sword reaches to the heart.”

Jeremiah 4:14 Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long will your evil thoughts lodge within you?” 

Jeremiah 4:15-18 15 For a voice declares from Dan, and publishes evil from the hills of Ephraim: 16 “Tell the nations, behold, publish against Jerusalem, ‘Watchers come from a far country, and raise their voice against the cities of Judah. 17 As keepers of a field, they are against her all around, because she has been rebellious against Me,’” says the Lord. 18 “Your way and your doings have brought these things to you. This is your wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reaches to your heart.”

Jeremiah 4:27-28 27 For the Lord says, “The whole land will be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. 28 For this the earth will mourn, and the heavens above be black, because I have spoken it. I have planned it, and I have not repented, neither will I turn back from it.”

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Jeremiah 5 Theme

The upright are nowhere to be found (v 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, are we behaving any differently than the Israelites?

Something to think about

Only the truth is acceptable to God (v. 3).  Not just the citizens but also Israel’s leaders rejected God (v. 4-5, 7). The Israelites were told they refused to look at or listen to God’s message (v. 20-24). Wicked men in Israel mistreated the fatherless and the poor (v. 26-29).  The prophets and the priests were sinning (v. 30-31).

Something to experience

We too need to listen to God’s message otherwise we will put ourselves in harm’s way (v. 25).  What actions should we take to help the fatherless and the poor? (v. 26-29).  We believers should always tell the truth and always seek God’s guidance (v. 30-31).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 5:1-2 “Run back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in its wide places, if you can find a man, if there is anyone who does justly, who seeks truth, then I will pardon her. Though they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’ surely they swear falsely.”

Jeremiah 5:3 O Lord, don’t Your eyes look on truth? You have stricken them, but they were not grieved. You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than a rock. They have refused to return.

Jeremiah 5:4-5, 7 Then I said, “Surely these are poor. They are foolish; for they don’t know the Lord’s way, nor the law of their God. I will go to the great men and will speak to them, for they know the way of the Lord, and the law of their God.” But these with one accord have broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. … “How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken Me, and sworn by what are no gods. When I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery, and assembled themselves in troops at the prostitutes’ houses.” 

Jeremiah 5:20-24 20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, 21 ‘Hear this now, foolish people without understanding, who have eyes, and don’t see, who have ears, and don’t hear: 22 Don’t you fear Me?’ says the Lord ‘Won’t you tremble at My presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can’t pass it? Though its waves toss themselves, yet they can’t prevail. Though they roar, they still can’t pass over it.’ 23 “But this nation has a revolting and a rebellious heart. They have revolted and gone. 24 They don’t say in their heart, ‘Let’s now fear the Lord our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season, who preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.’”

Jeremiah 5:25 “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good from you.”

Jeremiah 5:26-29 26 “For wicked men are found among My people. They watch, as fowlers lie in wait. They set a trap. They catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. Therefore, they have become great, and grew rich. 28 They have grown fat. They shine; yes, they excel in deeds of wickedness. They don’t plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper; and they don’t defend the rights of the needy.  29 Shouldn’t I punish for these things?” says the Lord. “Shouldn’t My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?”

Jeremiah 5:30-31 30 “An astonishing and horrible thing has happened in the land. 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and My people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?”

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Jeremiah 6 Theme

Jerusalem.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You warned the people of Benjamin of the trouble to come (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord encouraged the tribe of Benjamin to flee the terrible destruction (v. 1). The Lord explained that the city must be punished because it was filled with oppression (v. 6).  The Lord warning that He was going to turn away from them and make their land so desolate that nobody could live there (v. 8). The Lord knew that none would listen to Him because His Word was offensive to them (v. 10). The Lord believed from the least to the greatest all were greedy for gain and all practiced deceit (v. 13).  The Lord had offered them a good path to walk on but they refused (v. 16). The Lord continued to warn them of the invasion that would come upon them (see v. 22-26).   

Something to experience

Just as the Lord tested the Israelites’ ways, He will test us.  The Lord could find no purity in them and they continued to sin.  Take time to identify any areas of impurity in your life.  Confess them to God and allow Him to purify you as only He can (v. 29-30).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 6:1“Flee for safety, you children of Benjamin, out of the middle of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Tekoa and raise up a signal on Beth Haccherem, for evil looks out from the north with a great destruction.” 

Jeremiah 6:6 For the Lord Almighty said, “Cut down trees, and cast up a mound against Jerusalem. This is the city to be visited. She is wholly oppression within herself.” 

Jeremiah 6:8 “Be instructed, Jerusalem, lest My soul be alienated from you, lest I make you a desolation, an uninhabited land.”

Jeremiah 6:10-11 “To whom should I speak and testify, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they can’t listen. Behold, the Lord’s word has become a reproach to them. They have no delight in it.  11 Therefore I am full of the Lord’s wrath. I am weary with holding it in.”

Jeremiah 6:13 “For from their least even to their greatest, everyone is given to covetousness. From the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.”

Jeremiah 6:16 The Lord says, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, ‘Where is the good way?’ and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” 

Jeremiah 6:22-26 22 The Lord says, “Behold, a people comes from the north country. A great nation will be stirred up from the uttermost parts of the earth. 23 They take hold of bow and spear. They are cruel, and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, everyone set in array, as a man to the battle, against you, daughter of Zion.”  24 We have heard its report. Our hands become feeble. Anguish has taken hold of us, and pains as of a woman in labor. 25 Don’t go out into the field or walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and terror are on every side. 26 Daughter of my people, clothe yourself with sackcloth, and wallow in ashes! Mourn, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation, for the destroyer will suddenly come on us.”

Jeremiah 6:29-30 29 “The bellows blow fiercely. The lead is consumed in the fire. In vain they go on refining, for the wicked are not plucked away. 30 Men will call them rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will turn from sin and seek for Your Word to take root and grow in our heart and life (Jeremiah 4:1-4).  Lord, I pray we will keep our eyes and heart focused on You (Jeremiah 4:27-28).  Lord, I pray we will seek Your truth (Jeremiah 5:3).  Lord, I pray our nation, citizens and leaders, will all seek You (Jeremiah 5:4-5, 7).  Lord, I pray we will look to and listen to Your Word for answers (Jeremiah 5:20-24).  Lord, I pray we will treat the fatherless and the poor with kindness and respect (Jeremiah 5:26-29).  Lord, I pray we will always tell the truth and will seek Your guidance (Jeremiah 5:30-31).  Lord, I pray we will follow Your path of life (Jeremiah 6:16).  Lord, I pray we will come to You for purification.  I pray we will confess and allow You to purify us (v. 29-30).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I follow the path God has planned for us.” <>< Dona