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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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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