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Jeremiah 31:27-32:44

There were three things in today’s reading that spoke to me two of the three had to do with children.

The first passage, Jeremiah 31:-37-38.
Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day and the fixed order of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, Who stirs up the sea's roaring billows or stills the waves when they roar--the Lord of hosts is His name: If these ordinances [of fixed order] depart from before Me, says the Lord, then the posterity of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me throughout the ages. Thus says the Lord: If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord. (Jer 31:35-37 AMP)

There are many Believers who think that God has abandoned Israel because of her sins. That is far from the truth. God has promised back in Genesis, 8: 22 As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night." As long as that continues God will never abandoned Israel. Yes, He may chastise them, and He has; He may “prune” that which is dead and cut back the productive parts, but they will always be His people. Tread very carefully if you “Bad-Mouth” God’s folks, natural Israel, the Jews, as well as “spiritual” Israel, Christians.

In the 32nd chapter there are two passages dealing with children. In verses 16-18 we read,
16 Then after I had given the papers to Baruch, I prayed to the LORD: 17"O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you! 18You are loving and kind to thousands, though children suffer for their parents' sins. (NLT)

And in the same chapter, verses 32-35, we read,

They have turned away from me instead of turning to me. I tried over and over again to instruct them, but they did not listen and respond to correction. They set up their disgusting idols in the house which I have claimed for my own and defiled it. They built places of worship for the god Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom so that they could sacrifice their sons and daughters to the god Molech. Such a disgusting practice was not something I commanded them to do. It never even entered my mind to command them to do such a thing. The result of their doing all this has been to make Judah liable for punishment.' (Jer 32:33-35 NET.)

Verses 16-18 are the words of Jeremiah; however, verses 32-35 are the Words of God. We must remember how much God cares for children. Jesus spoke of one who offends and causes a child to sin might as well take a big stone used for grinding wheat, and tie in around his neck and go jump in a lake. (Matthew 18:5). In the first passage, 16-18, Jeremiah states what would seem obvious; children suffer for their parent’s sins.

It seems that if we really understand that our sins cause pain and hurt to our children, then if we truly value them as gifts from God, our choices that end in sin would stop. My pastor has stated that we must serve the choices we make. However, most of our choices that we must serve, 99% of the time impact others and the “others that are greatly impacted are children. When someone drives DWI and kills or severely injures someone, the person harmed or killed has served a choice someone else made. However, if that person that is harmed or killed has children, then the children get the short-end-of-the-stick. We have placed the children’s future in jeopardy because we wanted to drink.

In the second passage, God charges the people will child sacrifice. I believe that the Bible, thus God, speaks to us in one of three ways, literal, figurative and symbolically. Sometimes the voice is specific to one of the three, but often it may be a combination of the three. . When we serve our own interest at the expense of our children, I believe we are sacrificing them on Moloch’s alter. We may not be going down to the valley and building an alter; throwing our children on top and setting it ablaze literally, but we sure are doing it figuratively.

May we study the “father” attribute of God and seek to model that for our children. In Jesus’ mighty and glorious name, Amen.

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