“The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
On January 1st, I asked. “Jeremiah 6, was the Spirit’s response.
I read 6 and continued into chapter 7, then went back to chapter 5 also.
In Jeremiah 5:11-13 (NASB) it says, “For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously with Me.” declares the LORD. “They have lied about the LORD and said, “Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, and we will not see sword or famine.” The Lord goes on to say, “The prophets [the ones declaring ‘Not He]’are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!”
Has the church world wide heard these words? Has the concept of “Not He…” been taught when there are qualifying portions of verse that stipulate why and when “Not He?”
Jeremiah continues in verse 14, “Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, “Because you have spoken this word, [Not He] Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.”
Better we be consumed by the fires of God’s Word here, and be resurrected to new life, than to be consumed forever and ever in an unquenchable fire, wrought by God for those who reject Him by rejecting His ways.
What God was willing to do to Jerusalem and His people He is still willing to do to us today, and all the more! We have known His grace, mercy and compassion. We have known His love as well as His discipline. Even the Tares have prospered in this time of waiting.
It is not that each of us has sinned to this point but have we said or have we been taught, “Not He; misfortune will not come on us and we will not see sword or famine.”
The world today sees corruption and evil in the midst of a “Christian” nation. Evil and carnality go unchecked by the very “Savior” we proclaim allegiance to. “He is powerless,” they conclude, in their assay of our nation. He is not our God, as some have declared; “We are not a Christian Nation.”
“They [those who say Not He…] have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14 (NASB)
“Be warned, O Jerusalem, Or I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited.” Jeremiah 6:8 (NASB) BE WARNED AMERICA.
If guilty of the same things what should we expect? To be uninhabited by Him is to truly be uninhabited. So,
“Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 NASB
Righteousness was our ancient path. Christianity was our path. In His Ways are the Truth, and Life everlasting. Beginning with our own hearts and then as a nation we must make the journey back to His Way, Truth and Life.
Through Jeremiah, here is what God said at the end of verse 6:16.
“But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.”
“And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ 6:17.
Are we listening?
We might say about some prophecies, “This has happened already.” However, God is talking about things that He is against and not about events.
I believe He is saying to us, “I change not. My standards are no different. I delivered Myself into your hands, appealing to your hearts as your means of escape. I did it for My names sake. My name means salvation not judgment.”
Again I can believe in Him saying, “My Word explains how to avoid the judgment that a rebellious heart will bring upon its self. You who have not embraced My salvation, My Way, My Truth, My Life, have forsaken the gift I have freely given. The real gift is My Sons life in front of you. To the extent you do not obey Him, you have not honored our agreement. I forgave and saved you and you were to obey the teachings, the Way, of Christ Jesus.
The gift to us is not the washing and the forgiveness alone. It is the Words of Eternal life in the lessons. It is the washing and forgiveness we learn to do and grant others. This demonstrates who and Whose we are. That righteousness we demonstrate in the face of persecution, false accusation, and trial is what teaches and leads others into the kingdom. Christ proved it.
Do not think trouble is not coming. It is. Preparation protects us.
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