Read, Jeremiah 41-44
God is faithful. And HE will be faithful to Jeremiah, though his trials are tremendous. In chapter 41 a puppet king is murdered and this evil is done with absolute deceit and doesn’t stop there 80 men are murdered as well. And that’s just in the first chapter we read.
Jared and I have been traveling out of service so writing the one year has been a challenge. Especially when 😅😅😅, there’s no way to publish when you are sleeping without cell service in the woods near the Madison river, in Montana.
But this experience of travel does give perspective and perspective hit me as I joined all the end of summer YELLOWSTONE visitors, waiting, for Old Faithful to erupt. Likewise many of us are waiting grounded to the minute by minute wait. Our wait was estimated anytime between 70 and 120 minutes. And so fire the gun, upon arrival the waiting game begins. Often park visitors are not willing to leave their spot because there is a reason why this geyser is called Old Faithful—anytime now it will happen. And it’s the same with God. Jeremiah knows this! Isaiah knew this, and we need to be confident in this as well. Isaiah 40:31 is true!
Jeremiah 42 starts off with the people that have been rescued from the murderous, Ishmael. The remnant approach Jeremiah to have him tell them what God would have them do. And they wait. And it takes 10 days, but God is faithful. God again instructed them, if you don’t fear Babylon and stay in the land God will build them up and not tear them down, but if they go to Egypt it will end in death. Famine, pestilence, or the sword awaits those who go to Egypt.
What would you chose?
Johanan and the commanders are full of arrogance with no contrition (Jer. 44:10) or willingness. And to Egypt they go. Many want to hear the Lord, but few want to act on his instructions. The same arrogance and lack of contrition is in the world today. Buyer beware. James 4:17 rings true. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is a sin for them.
The Jews living in Egypt are destined for an unsafe future. Jeremiah tells them plainly all refuges in Egypt will not escape or return to the land of Judah except a few. The stats are not good. They will also be fundamentally unsatisfied, unable to acquire the any prosperity from all the rituals they have performed to the Babylonian queen of heaven. They are unable to connect the dots between their idolatry and their current circumstances. Jeremiah leaves no doubt. It is SIN, and the cause of their ruin.
As people who speak on the half of the Lord, (2 Corinthians 5:20) it is our task to make God’s appeal. We plead with our generation much the way Jeremiah did with his, “COME BACK TO GOD.” Christ was made sin, so you can be made righteous. The only need is willingness.
The Christian bar of soap 🧼 is the verse,1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.