Ruler totally righteous

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“I, the Lord, promise that a new time will certainly come when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, a descendant of David. He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding and will do what is just and right in the land. … Jeremiah 23.5

This verse is a prophecy regarding Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus is a descendant of David, who was anointed king of Israel after Saul. Jesus is the only ruler who could be totally regarded as righteous.

Jesus rules over the church which is a spiritual kingdom. He has brought all men from everywhere, both Jew and Gentile, into this kingdom. In his kingdom, having been baptized into Christ, we are clothed with Christ. We are all one. It matters not if you were Jew or Gentile before your baptism. In Christ we are one, Galatians 3.27-28.

Christ is the head of the body. He came in the form of man to be like us in every respect. Therefore, it is possible for him to help us when we are tempted, Hebrews 2.18. He can rule with wisdom and understanding.

#risingjoy #Jeremiah #righteousness

No longer interested in helping the poor

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“… Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful. That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. The do not defend the rights of the poor. I will certainly punish them for doing such things!” says the Lord. “I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this! … Jeremiah 5.27-29

The Lord was speaking in these verses about the land of Judah. Instead of having reverence for God and obeying his commands, the Israelites had turned away from God. They had rebelled against the one whom they should have feared. They were without discernment and foolish.

They were not receiving the rains any longer due to their rebellion. Some of the people had become wicked trying to set traps to catch people. They had gotten rich and powerful by their fraud and deceit. They were no longer interested in helping the poor and made token efforts on behalf of fatherless.

God was not pleased. He warns the people through Jeremiah that judgment was coming! The prophets and priests who had lied and exercised their own authority would not be able to help when it came time for judgment.

May we learn from Israel the importance of having reverence and fear of the Lord. Let us not be guilty of the same rebellion that they displayed. May we tremble in awe before the Lord.

#risingjoy #Jeremiah #fear

Because I belong to you, O Lord

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

As your words came to me I drank them in, and they filled my heart with joy and happiness because I belong to you, O Lord, the God who rules over all. Jeremiah 15.16

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He was sent to the children of Israel to preach repentance when the people followed after false prophets.

In Jeremiah 15, the prophet is complaining about how he is being treated by the people. He asks God to apply justice to his situation and to remember how he has served the Lord faithfully.

However, he also begins to question why he is having to endure what he is going through. The people insult him continually. He questions if God will be there for him when he needs him. At this point, God calls for his repentance to receive restoration.

The verse above paints a picture of thirst and satisfaction at being filled with joy and happiness at hearing the words from God. God rules over all and Jeremiah belongs to him.

We should have the same thirst for God’s words as Jeremiah. We should drink them in through reading the Bible. They still have the ability to fill our hearts with joy and happiness if we belong to him.

#risingjoy #Jeremiah #suffering

Identity and purpose

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1.5

How awe-inspiring is the formation of a baby in the womb! When our first child was born, the nurse brought him to our room. He was crying and was not very happy at all. However, upon hearing his father’s voice, he calmed down immediately and quit crying. He recognized his father’s voice from when he was in the womb.

In Jeremiah 1.5, God is speaking to Jeremiah. He was set apart before birth to be a prophet to the nations. It was his identity.

What is our identity today? If you are a Christian, your identity is in Jesus Christ. Just as Jeremiah’s identity gave him a purpose, our identity has a purpose. We are to proclaim the virtues of the one who called us out of darkness into light, 1 Peter 2.9. We are to go to all the world to share the good news about salvation, Matthew 28.19-20. Are you fulfilling your purpose?

#risingjoy #Jeremiah #identity #purpose

My heart is crushed, Jeremiah 8.21

“My heart is crushed because my dear people are being crushed. I go about crying and grieving. I am overwhelmed with dismay.”

Jeremiah 8.21

The weeping prophet felt the weight of Israel’s sin. The Lord had told him to tell the people the consequences that will follow. There is a solution, v. 22, but they have refused it.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s rejection. Do I feel the burden of people’s sin to the point of offering them the solution of God’s salvation?

#votd #Jeremiah #compassion

I am everywhere: Jeremiah 23.24

“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”

Jeremiah 23.24

Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.

What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?

#votd #God #Jeremiah #sin

Nothing too difficult: Jeremiah 32.27

“I am the Lord, the God of all humankind. There is, indeed, nothing too difficult for me.”

Jeremiah 32.27

As the walls of Jerusalem are about to fall, God gives a promise that normality will return to Israel. He punishes and restores.

God can save anyone who is willing. His word is powerful. Our faith ought to be robust. The sovereign Lord does what is humanly impossible. How we need his presence!

#votd #Jeremiah #God

Restore you to the privilege of serving: Jeremiah 15.19

“Because of this, the Lord said,
‘You must repent of such words and thoughts!
If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me.
If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless,
I will again allow you to be my spokesman.
They must become as you have been.
You must not become like them.'”

Jeremiah 15.19

God speaks to the prophet who recoils from suffering, v. 18. Now Jeremiah must decide if he will return to useful service or not. He must not be like the people, but serve as an example of what they should do.

Saints must be ready to suffer for serving God. They must not become like those to whom they proclaim the gospel. They must preach repentance. At times, they must repent themselves.

#votd #Jeremiah #repentance

The Lord and his holy word are being mistreated: Jeremiah 23.9

“Here is what the LORD says concerning the false prophets: My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, because of the way the LORD and his holy word are being mistreated.”

Jeremiah 23.9

God’s prophet is disturbed to see the unfaithfulness and godlessness of Israel. (NLT understands the last phrase to indicate the severity of God’s judgment.) The sin of Israel pains him deeply.

It takes a holy person obedient to God’s will to be upset over disobedience. Such anguish leads him to urge the people to repent.

#votd #Jeremiah #word-of-God

Aug. 8. Jeremiah’s Problems with False Prophets

Jer. 23:9-40

Just because a person proclaims to be a prophet does not give reason to believe and obey his messages. As Jeremiah continued to preach to the people, he was confronted with false messages from those who were teaching that all was well and that there would be peace. The people believed the pleasant words of the false prophets instead of the harsh words from the true prophet Jeremiah. As water takes the path of least resistance, man has the tendency to also roll with the flow of ease. Many years later, the apostle Paul warned Timothy, a young preacher of those who would speak words that would soothe “itching ears.”

Jeremiah was heartbroken by the deception of those false prophets. Imagine being inside a burning building calling for its occupants to flee to safety while someone else was reassuring them that they would not be destroyed and to remain in place. That same problem is faced by preachers and teachers of God’s word today. False prophets/teachers proclaim that if one will only believe in Christ, he will be saved—that obeying God is trying to “earn one’s salvation” and is useless. (Please look ahead to Rom. 6:15-18 to see that refuted by the apostle Paul.) Jeremiah was speaking of physical salvation whereas; Paul was addressing eternal salvation of the soul.

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The number 5, the book of Jeremiah, the word time, and the gospel

Here are five interesting scripture references in the book of Jeremiah from the NKJV where the word “time” is used: Continue reading

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The town of Madmen

In Jeremiah’s condemnation of Moab, he mentions a number of its cities along the length of the nation, which lay to the east of the Dead Sea. Among them, this one:

City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed.
A destructive army will march against you.
Jer 48.2b

Madmen is a Hebrew word, not English. It is not where mad men live. Continue reading

#bible-versions, #jeremiah, #judgment

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(#202) The Proverbs of Solomon-30:11-14-Generation D(estroyed)

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-29:27 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. Proverbs 30-31 were added and preserved by the Holy Spirit. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 30:11-14: “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. 13 There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.”

After Jacob had worked 14 years to “earn” his wife, his father-in-law, Laban, said, “I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake” (Genesis 30:27). “Experience” is a great teacher, and often, a hard teacher. It has been truly said, “Happiness will never come to those who do not appreciate what they already have.” “A generation” without the experiences of life becomes (v.11) Loveless; (v.12) Hypocritical; (v.13) Arrogant; and (v.14) Cruel, and will need few enemies, for it will self-destruct. Children whose world consists of a video screen, whose mind is filled with make-believe, and whose heart seldom connects with real people, have no experiences to help them grow, and become slaves who serve without conscience! It is a lost generation that never sees “the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied” (Ecclesiastes 3:10).

Verse 11: Those who disrespect the two who gave them life will not appreciate The God, His plan, and the life they have been given, “For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God” (1 Corinthians 11:12). Although the prevalence of divorce and single-parenthood has shattered the “DNA” of marriage, and taught successive generations this disrespect, those who turn to God’s Way will start a new generation of parental respect. It is when sin abounds that “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

Verse 12: It is difficult, almost impossible, for one to see one’s own sins. To such a generation, God send Jeremiah to say: “’For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,’ says the Lord God. How can you say, ‘I am not polluted’” (Jeremiah 2:22-23). The Apostle Paul wrote: “For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4). Any generation that is known for major problems with drunkenness, irresponsibility, sexually-transmitted diseases, drug abuses, recklessness, and hatefulness (Titus 3:3) has its hands full and should not be pointing fingers at the previous generation(s)! Jesus Christ condemned those who “outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:28).

Verse 13: Jesus Christ described this attitude when He said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” (Matthew 23:29-33) While a generation may protest against their parents sins, it becomes guilty of its own sins, many of which are even worse than before (1 Kings 16:25)!

Verse 14: The cruelty is seen because they don’t care about the “poor” and “needy.” Selfishness is so narrow-minded that it cannot admit, nor allow, others to benefit who have greater needs. Jesus Christ said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14)!

A generation may be changed if enough of them “are converted and become as little children…Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4). Obeying the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” will let a soul “Be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:38, 40).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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APPLICATION TO JEREMIAH 29-32

False teachers (or prophets) are a continual problem for any and all of God’s people. What makes them doubly dangerous is that many of those identified as God’s people are uninformed concerning the Lord’s many warnings; because they are uninformed they fall for the trap set and then sprung by Satan’s minions (servants). Jeremiah preached and preached, but still the people fell into the trap set by Satan. They fell for Satan’s ploy because of two primary reasons. First, they wanted to believe the Lord would not forsake them (even though they abandoned the Lord and His way). Second, they failed to see that they were guilty of any actual wrongdoing (16:10). This uninformed understanding about their circumstances was not because the Lord did not tell them, but because they did not want to hear. Third, they gained prosperity as they joined themselves to the people of the lands around them. This gave them a false security because they thought that surely their prosperity was the result of the Lord being pleased with tem and giving them bountiful blessings (cf. 17:7-11).

There is an application for us in this. Just because we have prospered financially does not mean—at all—that we have the Lord’s favor. Satan is a mighty powerful being in this world; he can deceive man into thinking any number of things, like the Lord is blessing him when it is factually not the case (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Not only does this apply to one’s financial standing, it can very much apply to a congregation’s standing also. In Revelation 2 and 3 there are five warnings concerning the various churches hearing what the Lord had to say. We need to do the same; it may be that our numerical standing in the community will not be large, but does that matter? To a great many it does, and it is easy to fall into this way of thinking because we measure our successful we are (or not) in relationship to numbers. To the Lord, however, what does matter is the faithfulness of one’s life to His way in behavior and thinking and one’s faithfulness to the Lord’s mission (Luke 19:10). It is OUR job to teach the gospel to a world lost in sin; we can do this where we live. RT

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NOTES ON JEREMIAH 32

This chapter can be broken into three parts. First, Zedekiah imprisoned Jeremiah because of Jeremiah’s continual warning concerning Jerusalem’s fall. This imprisonment did not stop the Lord from telling Jeremiah that he needs to make a land purchase (32:1-15). Second, Jeremiah did not understand why the Lord would have him  purchase land that was on the verge of being taken by the Babylonians, thus he expressed himself to the Lord in regard to this (32:16-25). Third, the Lord told Jeremiah that He is not controlled by the affairs of man and, in fact, the execution of the deed transfer is indicative of what the Lord prepared for those who will eventually return (32:26-44).

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