The Book of Jeremiah-Je.10:1-8- “A doctrine of vanities”

God is love. Love is an abstract concept; when the Spirit gives the following verse we know for sure what love can do.  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John4:10)”. Jesus Christ as the image of the Invisible God (Col.1:15)  came to the world to manifest his Father. The purpose of the Bible to set the destiny of man in terms of this Father Son relationship. Law given by God the Father is balanced by the manner God the Son fulfilled it. It is symbolically represented by stone tablet and fleshly tablet of heart. This we can gather from St Paul’s words”….the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart(2 Co.3:3)”. This is fulfillment of what Prophet Ezekiel had predicted, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.(Ez.36:26)”

In the same vein God is a Spirit. how shall we understand but by spirit? When the Spirit writes that God breathed into the nostrils of Adam he became a living soul. What do these two examples instruct us? Heavenly realities like Spirit, love have correspondence on the earth as well. This parallelism runs throughout giving the divine Will complemented by concrete evidence. It is thus our body is a temple just as God commanding Moses to build him a sanctuary. “That I may dwell among them (people)” Here we have a direct expression of divine Will. The Spirit uses parallelism as a narrative mode to which law of gradation allows us to compare the spiritual using the same spirit which was given to us.

The Spirit is qualified as the Spirit of truth. Jesus Christ knowing his hour had come to leave his disciples behind said these verses, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).” One aspect is what we shall consider here. The Spirit as the expositor of Heavenly realities, It is all the more necessary for a Christian since the risen Christ in glory has given us the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose. His advent, passion death and resurrection were all part and parcel of it. “Where I am there you may be also (John14:3).”

The Bible serves as the best manual since Scripture is God-breathed and serves as instruction in righteousness. We already discussed the parallelism of divine Will alternating with its fulfillment. God is a Spirit while the Son of man on the earth fulfilling the will of his Father is an example. “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (He.2:16)”. What it serves to achieve is that all families on the earth may enjoy his blessings.

We have been bought with the price of the blood of Christ. Our body is not our own “…Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?(1 Co.6:19;3:16). What would this signify? Is our reasonable service to God or to any other? Jeremiah mentions here of idols being fashioned by ungodly man and the spirit that prompted him could not have been from the Spirit which is the spirit of truth. Consequently his handiwork is a doctrine of vanities. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:(Col.3:5). From whence came the prosperity theology but by the spirit of antichrist? Prophet Jeremiah call them brutish and foolish. Similar to swine that tramples on pearls value of which it cannot appreciate.

 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.


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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