The Book of Jeremiah-Je.5:6-19 “Why, why, why?”

The Almighty God does not play dice with his Power and Wisdom. Einstein for all his wisdom could not figure out the quantum world anymore than Calvin could figure out the glory of God that made Him choose foolish things of this world. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;(1 Co.1:27).” The Psalmist predicted the sufferings of the Son, “But I am a worm, and no man… (Ps.22:9)” In assuming common humanity of man he would say, ‘…Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head(Lk.9:58)’. He was lowest of the low but it is a statement and also points to the great lie that has Satan perpetrated; and mankind has never been more happier than revel in it. It is what one calls ‘pride of life.’ Nations have built ideologies on pursuit of happiness and worker’s paradise and so on. John Calvin would have wished to establish a theocratic government but how could he without fully conceding Atonement offered by the Son was perfect? “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified(He.10:14)”. Who are sanctified but those who are earnest to separate from the lie and abide in the risen Christ in order to grow from glory to glory? If our societies are split and the world is in shambles at every level ask yourself on what foundation are present churches built?

If laws of Newton fail in the nether world of atoms we have to concede a different approach to get to the heart of our universe. Similarly the weak things and willing to efface themselves to be hidden in Christ are reckoned as called-to-be elect. “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matt.5:12).” Thus we have the promise of God even as Abraham had. How did he live having received it? “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:(He.11:9)”So we are to live by faith (Ro.10:17). In God’s Time what the Spirit is telling us is this: we are part of the selfsame group as co-heirs with Abraham. Now is the day of salvation similarly holds every saint redeemed from the earth. ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever’.

The way the Spirit has organized the advent of the Son of man and his resurrection, the Bible is built on a mode of inversion; it explains the rationale for God choosing the weak things. “So the last shall be first, and the first last (Matt.20:16).” As Jesus was despised and rejected by men God raised him up to confound the wise. In him every promise of God shall be proved right. The wise and the great shall be found fools when God one day decides to remove the veil that has blinded many. What are the worldly so occupied about but pampering their body which is surely deemed for worms? Their foolishness they are yet to realize. Though they wore titles crowns and miters they shall be the last in the estimation of God.

In the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus for all the ill treatment the latter was subjected to,  his place was rightly the Abraham’s bosom. Why? God made amendments in context of Poor Lazarus It is thus we witness our Savior from where we are placed. God shall indeed avenge for the foolishness of those who were given riches. The rich man was a foolish steward. He thought he merited because of his business acumen. His Art of Deal was to find a place of agony, eternal damnation. When he had a time to serve the purpose to which God had provided him, the laws and his own soul as a witness, these did not impress him. It was too late. It is thus we choose our own hell in refusing to hear good counsel while there is time.

Consider what we are? We have a soul, indication of an entity, a signature as it were unique to each, to indicate Authority of God as the Judge. He can destroy it and cast the entire remembrance, sum and total of the individual to hell. We have a spirit with which we measure the spirit of our times, which we leave aside for the counsel of the indwelling Spirit. God is a Spirit. In accepting our Savior Lord we have been accepted in God. We are His. Death means we have a spiritual body where the role of soul is now reversed. It is what the dew on the fleece of Gideon illustrates. The Spirit uses it as sign for us as well. Mode of inversion makes soul part of the Glory of the Bride in eternity. What of our bodies for which we have toiled so much?” It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63)”. Flesh profits nothing.

Who is playing fool now?

When Jeremiah faults Israel, he is speaking for all those who transgressed the law in spirit though outwardly they observed days paid tithes and assembled to hear from scripture. 

Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.

They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.

Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord‘s.

11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.

12 They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:

13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.

17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you.

19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not your’s.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.5:10-18-” Whose House is it?”

Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord‘s./ For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.(vv.10-11)

Sin of Israel (Judah included) was such what she relied on as best defense against attacks of the enemy would prove false. God gives the reason why. For they are not the Lord’s. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain(Ps.127:1) .Fortifications are put up to keep out enemy and if we look at the advance in military engineering how it has evolved over centuries we can very well conclude that it was progress. It is a testimony of man’s cleverness. The same cleverness works both ways and competing thus without let up in defense and counter attack can only come up at the loss of something far more serious. What if the city well fortified has a serious enemy to contend with from within? It is thus we need consider ourselves. Our body is assailed by its lusts and appetites, which can be satisfied or resisted but at what cost? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?(Matt.16:26)”

If we look at achievement all these have come at the expense of another. Radio was killed by television for instance. It is progress for the fallen man whose society is riddled with his own weaknesses. Is social media a help or nuisance? Whatever he makes shall prove to be like the tower of Babel. His heart is not right before God and his vision also is similarly colored. How did he come to it? It did not happen overnight. Man as a social animal influences others as well as are influenced. “Evil communications corrupt good manners(1 Co.15:33). Our senses are soaked through and through by impressions and many find home in it so the din of external stimuli is like a drug. They are lost only they do not realize it. How do we separate the chaff from good? What God intends for us is that we can gather from the eternal word. It is where our soul comes to our help. It naturally says Amen and it is what having good conscience would signify.

Soul is intimation of God having seen us before the worlds began and our knowledge of the glory of shed abroad is like a field. It has its space and like a field reveals its quality.”I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down (Pr.24:30-31).” God had indeed seen us and life is meant for us to acquire good understanding, which comes from the word of God. We have Parable of the Tares to explain why.  Lust of the eye, pride of life and such like are what the enemy would sow in each if we are not watchful. The prince of the power of the air has his wares to deceive and weakness of the mighty Samson was wine and roistering, So what the enemy presents would be in the form of Delilah in a setting conducive to trap him, “My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword (Ps.57:4)”. Evil communications as quoted earlier tend to corrupt our conduct. These can affect our thinking as good counsel from the Scripture can keep our vision clearer. “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light./But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Matt.6:22-23)”. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he(Pro.29:18)”.

Our essential self cannot be in a body that is subject to corruption; nor can it be in the spirit that is of abstract quality. Soul is betwixt and between which in the manner you have taken control purposefully to abide in Christ and produce fruits would show who your husbandman is. Your inner man is a world lit by the word of God as a lamp. Only you can set it up. Do you set it under the bushel or on its stand so that it lights up your whole body, meaning witnessing before others as well.”The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” God did not punish us according to our sins and it shows His long suffering nature. He chastens us as with sons and reminds how far we have fallen from our own standards. So we can see what partial judgments are meant to achieve. Similarly he would not as God tells Jeremiah that  “Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you (v.18)”.

When God decided to make an end of the Old world we read thus “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.(Ge,6:5). The great flood was only a partial judgment. The enemy has sown tares among good seed and by pulling out the weeds what is good should not be disrupted. God told Moses”And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee (Deu.7:22). The same line we have in another book with a difference,”until you become fruitful and possess the land.;(Ex.23:30)”.

12 They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:

13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.

17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you.

 

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.5:6-10 “nations”

Jeremiah predicted desolations as determined of God for the multiplicity of sins of Judah and Jerusalem. “For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord (v.11)”. God had decided that their chastening for now would come from north as the vision of the almond rod indicated. Firstly a geographical entity we have in the nation of Israel in relation to Babylon. Babylon is characterized as lion from thicket (‘The lion is come up from his thicket-4:7)’ The verse below v.6 indicates the Babylon Empire in its rise and decline similarly tagged by beasts, Lion out of his thicket is not what a lion out of the forest would suggest. Lions do not belong to forests but plains where their brawn and agility would be at an advantage. Their hearts are small for their body so they cannot run like animals that are fleet-footed. Nor can they sustain speed at a long stretch. So what the Spirit is suggesting is the fate of Babylon is already determined as far as any nation that has a meteoric rise and is broken up without remedy. 

Secondly glory of nations,-  nation of Israel or of the Gentiles for that matter is on a physical plane as against a kingdom which is ab Ovo  in conception (and is being prepared and revealed in Time) and it is what we see in the Book of Daniel. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever (Dan.2:44)”. 

Here we have two kingdoms to be discerned as contrary to one other, of the temporal and of eternal nature.

In short what is seen kingdoms or republics are temporal while Kingdom of God shall endure forever.  Any child of God who abides in the risen Christ shall live,- and live abundantly as heirs of the many promises of God. God separated light from darkness even before the world was set in place. It separates children of promise and children of wrath. It is a separation as was in the mind of God and Jesus Christ in his glory shall separate as goats from sheep and also nations. New heaven is different from new earth. It is in this connection we need understand how we as individuals should really conduct ourselves. A child of God cannot run with hares as well as hunt with dogs. Weakness of any nation is that of an individual. Weakness of an individual when he is elected as a President is so glaring as we see at present. Private tragedy of one is the tragedy of the whole Republic.  We have a fitting example in the moral question of slavery. The Founding Fathers of the new nation did not address it when the time called for it. They themselves had slaves. How can a New Canaan accommodate both moloch and God? Every prejudice and evil perpetrated over the years has run into each other and what we see are its consequences. Politicians without exception play politics and with half truth what you see is a perversion of Truth. God is not mocked.

In order to understand the moral fibre of a child of God we shall go back to the Book of Daniel and the story of the four Hebrew children. They were taken during the exile, which forms the subject matter of Prophet Jeremiah’s book. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself (Dan.1:8)”. Suppose these Hebrew children had allowed themselves to be ‘patriotic’ and use free speech to rant and rave as we see about us they would have like dogs enjoyed the handout from the King’s Table. It is for such pittance televangelists today work their heart out. We are called to be priests and kings and not side-kicks. Shall God be pleased with those who hold the truth in unrighteousness? To them Jeremiah asks this question,  “ Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? (v.8).” Activism of ministers of God is to protect the rabble from their self-destructive course and lead them to spiritual health and full recovery. For God nothing shall be impossible.

 

Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. “

How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.

They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.

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10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord‘s.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.5:3-5- “Glory of Man”

What is the glory of man? “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:(1 Pe.1:24;Ps.103:15).  The Spirit in setting forth the narrative body of Scripture gives us objective lessons and it is for deepening our understanding. We are tripartite beings having body, spirit and soul. So study of the word of God is not only by our head but also from our heart. We all know God is Love which is our head telling the truth. But with the heart we prove it. So we apply both spirit and soul to testify love of God in our deeds. In short all three work as one even as God is One. Spirit and the Son are equally present. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen (1 John 4:20-NIV).” Ask ourselves how real is our love when we see our brethren through blinkers of color race and in terms of wealth. Our cultural baggage speaks of carnal nature. We take pride in our heritage and of our  founding fathers and our Laws. There is glory but it is as with body of men is not real. When Jeremiah speaks of  them he says, ‘but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds(v.5). Instead what they have given is bondage of being slave to cultural baggage that is ever pressing us down so no glory of God can be seen. When we are in Christ we are new creature. But have we really overcome our former nature? National identity based on color or race has no place for a child of God. It is all the more reason to dig deeper into what makes the glory of God sit correctly on us.

Glory of man is like grass. Transience of man is often compared to a flower.  “Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure(Job.14:2)”. The Spirit speaks of separating the light from darkness even before the nuts and bolts of our physical world were set in place. Regard the vv.3-4. in the Creation  account (Ge. 1). Light separate from the light of the sun and stars is the topic here. It is the glory of God and It is to be understood spiritually as intended by God. Glory in the sense it is Power and Wisdom of God on an active mode. Name encapsulates it and when Mary exults,’ Holy is his name(Lk.1:49),’ it is validation of the Holy Spirit that ‘with God nothing shall be possible(Lk. 1:37)’  God had seen each of us before the worlds began and it was in God’s Time. Predestination as a theological concept and the glory of God who shall fulfill it go hand in hand. When Jesus prayed before his hour had come what does he say? “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5).” It is the selfsame glory with which the earth (which was without form and void) shall become new earth in God’s Time. So when we speak of spiritual discernment we need to understand even the lowly things help to shore up our faith. (Matt.6:25-30). It is only one aspect of the glory of God helping man in his spiritual edification. So when Spirit uses symbols as a narrative tool, parables and allegories we shall appreciate the glory of God has for our soul spirit and body. 

 Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.

I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.5- “Ecce Homo”

The Latin expression ‘ecce homo’ translates ‘Behold the man’ the words exclaimed by Pontius Pilate after delivering Christ wearing a crown of thorns to the public. As introduction to the verses from Jeremiah we ought to keep in focus what does man represent in the divine Will. When God speaks through the prophet he is ready to suspend the desolation over Judah and Jerusalem,’If ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; ‘ God so loved the world to send his only begotten Son (John3:16) and how did the world receive him? The heir to all things in heaven and the earth was crowned with shame. He came into his own after the manner of flesh, but his own did not receive him. In fact they denied him and washed their responsibilities by saying,’We have no other king than Caesar’ So collective sin of the people was laid on him. A body was prepared before the worlds began and vicarious death of Jesus Christ was for all mankind. It is in this context we need look at our bodies far beyond our physical forms but as a spiritual ancillary for fulfilling the divine Will. The Spirit of God moved upon the waters indicated every one of us as being present, in that point of time which we may call it God’s Time. By this rationale if we were Job what shall we answer God,’Where wast thou when I laid the foundation of the earth…(Job38:3)?’. We were dead in sins, is it not? This is a valid question in terms of our spirit granting that God is a Spirit.

Our only problem arises because we have a body and it cuts off the light of knowledge  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Co.4:6).” So Spirit tells us of a knowledge that is to be spiritually understood. The word of God as lamp is a symbol, and by objective lessons the Spirit indwelling in us teaches what is our true nature. The Spirit is an earnest to lead us to the truth. It is called the spirit of truth. 

What is our true nature? Key to it is our soul.

From previous posts we can now arrive at a definition of soul. It is indicative of God (as a Spirit) having seen each of us having a form as well. It has no gender age, race, wealth bias. Neither the physical injuries or accidents (because of sinful man who may cause miscarriage MTP etc.,) shall deny it from expressing as foreseen by God nor curtail truth of divine Will. Our physical bodies have a point of reference to the human body of Jesus Christ, the Man of Sorrows. When we suffer in our bodies because of our faith it is a glory and we glorify Him who died for our sins. Grace abundantly given to us is demonstrative of his nature. Because of glory of the risen Christ we also have a better hope that our spiritual bodies would redound to his glory in eternity. Naturally our soul sits well either in our physical or spiritual bodies. If God willing we shall examine the glory of God and role of Judgement in the coming posts

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.

Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.

I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.4:7-31-‘Day of Wrath’

The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant (v.7)”.

The first part ‘The lion is come up from his thicket,’ refers to  Nabopolassar, the founder of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, who began his rule in 626 the year of Jeremiah’s call to prophesy. Lion’s mode of hunting is by surprise. Likewise Babylon is now poised to enter the world stage and his might is established by annexing many kingdoms and shall descend on Israel.

Jeremiah laments on the trail of destruction he shall leave in his wake. Especially on the nation of Israel  and the ferocity of destruction shall spare none. This is the consequence of their sins, ‘the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.’ The latter have been deceiving all by ‘saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul’. Jeremiah compares it to a dry wind.

By verse 17 we see the prophet leapfrogs from the particular to end times. Babylon comes indeed like the Messiah coming accompanied by his saints (Re.1:7),’as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles’. In the Book of Isaiah we had already discussed Cyrus the Great a Gentile King tagged as the Anointed One which is traditionally assigned the Messiah-King Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit sets both the destinies of Israel and the Gentiles parallel as signified by his narrative mode underpinning the Father Son relationship. From the first book to the last it is consistent.

 

From verses 23 to 29 it is obvious that it is of the Day of the Lord he is describing. Consider this verse:’I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.” ‘The earth was without form and void’ echoes the line from the Genesis account (1:2) which is not by any means referring to undoing God’s creative Power and Wisdom. The Lord God cannot deny Himself. Instead it is on account of the thick pall of gloom associated with the Day of Wrath (Re.9:2; Zec:14:6). ‘and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it (v.28)’.

 

For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us.

And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.

10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.

11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,

12 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.

13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.

16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.

17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.

30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

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The Book of Jeremiah-Je.4:1-6 “Repent Ye”

If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove./ And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory(vv.1-2)”

What is the glory of a child of God? Is it not that his life is built on sure foundation of the risen Christ? When he appears in glory it shall be our glory and it is what the throne of God and of the Lamb in New Jerusalem signifies. So a better hope than the world can ever hope for and it is like an anchor is cast in the heaven for all those who are His. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil (He.6:19)”;

Anchor of the soul is cast by faith.

In the previous post we discussed the significance of soul as intimation of our glory as foreordained before the worlds began. When the Spirit of God moved upon the waters we have been seen and accepted in our Lord Savior (Ep.1:4). It also explains Power and Wisdom of God with regards to the Father Son relationship. There are many mansions which our Savior Lord as the heir possesses (Ro.8:17), and are in heaven (‘I go to prepare a place for you’-John 14:2.) So our home as intended is different from this home which has a form and we as sentient beings, are too absorbed in it so we are likely to lose our true state. Our home here and now is temporal. This ought to give us a definition of who is a fool. Anyone who loves this world more than his home unseen according to the word of God is a fool, 

‘Whatever is seen is temporal and what unseen is eternal’ (2 Co.4:18) is a statement that must be understood and for a Christian is a lifebuoy whenever tossed around by cares of this world. God is a Spirit and the above truism can help us whenever the world proves to be too much. For instance think God is Love. God is unseen and yet love that we have felt is real and by its measure we exercise faith that He who gave His only begotten Son for our sakes does care for us.. The world and its demands shall one day cease but those who built their lives on the unshakeable foundation of God and his promises shall live forever. “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Ep.5:17).”
Christians everywhere have been asked to walk circumspectly and not to get entangled unduly with the worldly. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Ro.12:2)” Renewing of the mind is not any change in attitude by exercise of your will but from a good understanding of the word of God. In the epistle of John we have a definition of those who are worldly. “ Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him./16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world./17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever(1 John 2:15-17).

In order  to renew our minds we have to be careful of the times. “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished (Pro.22:3)”. When events are happening these must be taken as a warning. “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?/”I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish(Lk.13:3-5).

Jeremiah speaks of ‘Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart (v.4)’ and the nation of Israel relied on worship in its visible form than its significance. It was like they missed the woods for the leaves they spent counting.  “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Gal.5:6)”.

For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

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