Significant Sayings in Jeremiah

“Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord” (Jeremiah 7:11, NKJV). The presence of the Temple in Jerusalem was an icon. Unfortunately, that all that it seemed to be at the time! It was a “community center” (or sorts) where much was taking place. As you can see with the Lord’s disgust, it was also called a “den of thieves.” What exactly is that? The NET gives a good sense of what is to be understood: “Do you think this temple I have claimed as my own is to be a hideout for robbers? You had better take note! I have seen for myself what you have done! says the LORD.” For many people today the church building where Christians assemble is looked on the same way; it’s iconic and, occasionally, a place of refuge for those in direct rebellion to the Lord. For those who are in rebellion to the Lord it is good for them to be present and hear the Lord’s message. However, it is not good for them to be present when they are refusing to hear the Lord and just wanting to be present for a little bit of reprieve; and neither is it good for them to be present conducting evil business. They can hide from people, but the Lord sees exceptionally well! RT

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