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“May you and I stay faithful to the Lord.” <>< Dona (10/16/20)

Please read Jeremiah 7 through 9.  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 7 Theme

Jeremiah warned the Israelites about false religion (v. 3-8).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You warned Israel over and over (v. 13).

Something to think about

Jeremiah was sent to the gate of the temple (v. 1-2).  The people were following a ritualistic worship plan and were continuing to live a sinful lifestyle (v. 3-11).  God required sacrifices not because they pleased Him but because He wanted the people to recognize their sin and recommit to following Him.  The people forgot the why of sacrificing (v. 21-23). No matter how bad things looked God always sent a prophet to speak to His people (v. 25-28).  The Israel’s were even offering their children as sacrifices to Molech a pagan god (v. 30-32).

Something to experience

How about us?  Are our worship services rout tradition?  Do we look for our friends at church more than we look for and experience God’s presence? Do we take God with us everywhere we go?  Are we sacrificing our children to pagan gods – things that the world looks to for fulfillment?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 7:1-2 1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim this word there, and say, ‘Hear the Lord’s word, all you of Judah, who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord.’”

Isaiah 7:3-11 The Lord of Armies, the God of Israel says, “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Don’t trust in lying words, saying, ‘the Lord’s temple, the Lord’s temple, the Lord’s temple, are these.’ For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor; if you don’t oppress the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, and don’t shed innocent blood in this place, and don’t walk after other gods to your own hurt; then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, from of old even forever more. Behold, you trust in lying words that can’t profit. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods that you have not known, 10 then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered,’ that you may do all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I Myself have seen it,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 7:13 Now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, again and again, but you didn’t hear; and I called you, but you didn’t answer; 

Isaiah 7:21-23 21 The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. 22 For I didn’t speak to your fathers or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices; 23 but this thing I commanded them, saying, ‘Listen to My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 

Isaiah 7:25-28 25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 Yet they didn’t listen to Me or incline their ear, but made their neck stiff. They did worse than their fathers.  27 “You shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you. 28 You shall tell them, ‘This is the nation that has not listened to the Lord their God’s voice, nor received instruction. Truth has perished, and is cut off from their mouth.’ 

Isaiah 7:30-32 30 “For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight,” says the Lord. “They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. 31 They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I didn’t command, nor did it come into My mind.  32 Therefore behold, the days come”, says the Lord, “that it will no more be called ‘Topheth’ or ‘The valley of the son of Hinnom’, but ‘The valley of Slaughter’; for they will bury in Topheth until there is no place to bury. 

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Jeremiah 8 Theme

The punishment for sin (v. 1-3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You doom no one, we set our own fate (v. 14).

Something to think about

God saw the nation living wicked lives (v. 5-6).  Though animals knew what to do, the people seemed not to know what God required of them (v. 7).  The wise would be put to shame (v. 9).  It seemed all were greedy for gain (v. 10).  They didn’t even feel ashamed for their behavior (v. 12).  Jeremiah cries out as he saw the Israelites rejecting God (v. 18-22). 

Something to experience

Are we headed in the right direction?  Are we on the right path?  Do we have the kind of concern for our loved ones that Jeremiah had for his people?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Jeremiah 8:1-3 1 “At that time,” says the Lord, “they will bring the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of his princes, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves. They will spread them before the sun, the moon, and all the army of the sky, which they have loved, which they have served, after which they have walked, which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered or be buried. They will be like dung on the surface of the earth. Death will be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them,” says the Lord of Armies. 

Jeremiah 8:5-6 Why then have the people of Jerusalem fallen back by a perpetual backsliding?  They cling to deceit.  They refuse to return.  I listened and heard, but they didn’t say what is right.  No one repents of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?”  Everyone turns to his course, as a horse that rushes headlong in the battle.

Jeremiah 8:7 Yes, the stork in the sky knows her appointed times.  The turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their coming; but My people don’t know the Lord’s law.

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are disappointed.  They are dismayed and trapped. Behold, they have rejected the Lord’s word.  What kind of wisdom is in them?

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore I will give their wives to others and their fields to those who will possess them.  For everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  No, they were not at all ashamed. They couldn’t blush.  Therefore, they will fall among those who fall.  In the time of their visitation they will be cast down, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 8:14 “Why do we sit still?  Assemble yourselves!  Let’s enter into the fortified cities, and let’s be silent there; for the Lord our God has put us to silence, and given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.

Jeremiah 8:18-22 18 Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow!  My heart is faint within me.  19 Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land that is very far off: “Isn’t the Lord in Zion?  Isn’t her King in her?”  “Why have they provoked Me to anger with their engraved images, and with foreign idols?”  20 “The harvest is past.  The summer has ended, and we are not saved.”

21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people, I am hurt. I mourn.  Dismay has taken hold of me.  22 Is there no balm in Gilead?  Is there no physician there? Why then isn’t the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

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Jeremiah 9 Theme

Unfaithful people (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites were not acknowledging You (v. 3).

Something to think about

So, the Lord would refine and test them because of their sin (v. 7-9). The Lord explained why the land had been ruined and laid waste (v. 12-14).

Something to experience

We believers need to take heed to what the Lord said in verses 23-24. We should not boast in our own wisdom, strength or riches. We should boast in who God is and His character.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them!  For they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

Isaiah 9:3 “They bend their tongue, as their bow, for falsehood.  They have grown strong in the land, but not for truth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don’t know Me,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 9:7-9 Therefore the Lord of Armies says, “Behold, I will melt them and test them; for how should I deal with the daughter of My people?  Their tongue is a deadly arrow.  It speaks deceit.  One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart, he waits to ambush him.  Shouldn’t I punish them for these things?” says the Lord.  “Shouldn’t My soul be avenged on a nation such as this?”

Isaiah 9:12-14 12 Who is wise enough to understand this? Who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? Why has the land perished and burned up like a wilderness, so that no one passes through?  13 The Lord says, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice or walked in My ways, 14 but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them.” 

Isaiah 9:23-24 23 The Lord says, “Don’t let the wise man glory in his wisdom.  Don’t let the mighty man glory in his might.  Don’t let the rich man glory in his riches.  24 But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for I delight in these things,” says the Lord.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will change our ways and our actions to always line up with Your will for us (Jeremiah 7:5).  I pray we will treat the alien, the fatherless, and the widow with kindness and respect (Jeremiah 7:6).  Lord, I pray we will seek the truth always (Jeremiah 7:8, 28).   Lord, I pray we will speak the truth (Jeremiah 8:6).  Lord, I pray we will hide Your Word in our heart (Jeremiah 8:9).  Lord, I ask You to purify us from our sins (Jeremiah 9:7).  Lord, I pray we will obey and follow You always (Jeremiah 9:13-14).  Lord, I pray we will only boast that You understand and know us and that You are the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness (Jeremiah 9:24).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I show kindness to all we meet.” <>< Dona