The Book of Jeremiah-Je.11-1-8- “Everlasting Covenant”

God’s promises are conditional. God as the Maker of heaven and the earth on account of rats do not set fire to bring his House down. Instead He shall ‘make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:/ And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits (Le.26:18-20). It is for the sole purpose ‘I will break the pride of your power.’ What does rule your soul? Power of the Prince of the Air or God? In the Ancient world imaginations of man were continually evil and God destroyed it with a great flood. Similarly shall He purge the earth from time to time. We shall see the covenant He made with the nation of Israel in the Book of Leviticus ch.26. In the two major dispersions God revealed His displeasure. So the covenants that God made with the nation of Israel are only as good as the manner they fulfill his Will. In our times we see divine wrath gathering momentum and shall sweep away the pretensions of man and nations once again. It shall in God’s Time happen. 

His everlasting covenant is set in heavens(Ps.119:89). It is what the everlasting covenant would imply for us.  Reject God and his word as revealed,- and the word of God is clear: “ye shall flee when none pursueth you.” On the other hand obey Him with whole heart and soul He shall set his tabernacle in each of us. We have this assurance: “ my soul shall not abhor you./And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people./I am the Lord your God,.. Le.26)” The Spirit in setting forth parallelism gives God a soul to indicate the common basis by which we shall be as sons.” For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God(Ro.8:14)”. God as the Great Shepherd of our souls.  What does it imply but movement? We are bound by time and place. Yet as chosen before the worlds began we are walking in God’s Time. This is what we mean by Abiding in Christ. Christian Living, to be precise.  The expression deep calls unto the deep puts nature of soul eloquently. Instead how many are hungering after silver from ‘Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz'(Je.10:9) to bedeck their idols and call it good life? Such are the customs of foolish nations,- and their ministers are no better than brutish beasts. 

“For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you./ And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new./ And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you./And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people./I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright./ But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; (Le.26:8-20)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying,

Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,

Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.

Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.

For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.

Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.

And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.

14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.

16 The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

18 And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.

19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.

21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:

23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.

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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