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Jeremiah 14:11-16:15

The following verses have always intrigued me:

Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the well-being of these people. If they fast, I will not hear their cry of despair. If they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. Rather, I will finish them off by sword, famine, and plague." And I replied, "Oh no, Lord GOD! The prophets are telling them, 'You won't see sword or suffer famine. I will certainly give you true peace in this place.'" But the LORD said to me, "These prophets are prophesying a lie in My name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, worthless divination, the deceit of their own minds. "Therefore, this is what the LORD says concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, though I did not send them, and who say: There will never be sword or famine in this land: By sword and famine these prophets will meet their end. The people they are prophesying to will be thrown into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword. There will be no one to bury them--they, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. I will pour out their own evil on them." (Jeremiah 14:11-16 HCSB)

God holds the people, the common people, those who are not priests or Levites, those who get their teaching from the priests and Levites, responsible for what they hear and believe. Even though Judah’s leaders are lying to the people, giving them hope that is based on their own imagination, they have made a conscience choice to believe the lies.

Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food? (Job 12:11 HCSB)

Jesus also told us to be caeful how we hear and what we hear.

Then He said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured and added to you. (Mark 4:24 HCSB)

Therefore, take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him." (Luke 8:18 HCSB)


Too often we are passive in our listening and in our studying, we don’t engage the words we are taking in through our eyes when we read or though our ears when we hear. Even when we are submitted to a ministry, God will hold us accountable if truth is not taught.. During the days of Jeremiah when scribes did scrolls by hand and the majority of people did not have a copy of the Torah in their homes, they were held accountable for what was written on its pages. How much more will this generation be held accountable for acting on God’s Word when one can go to a no-tell motel and find a Bible in the night stand as they get ready to commit adultery with their neighbor’s spouse?

Jeremiah 14-16

Jeremiah keeps preaching. Judah keeps ignoring. Even with the example of what happened to Israel (by the Assyrians) - Judah is oblivious to her sins. How much should America learn(and the world for that matter), from Israel and Judah???? At the least one would think, 'God does keep His Word.' We even have the advantage of the NT and Christ, and yet not much changes with mankind.
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Jer 14
Jeremiah prophesies of a drought (famine and sword are other means of judgment on Judah). Then Jeremiah tries a different tact. He is commanded not to pray for the people, so he takes it to a higher level.

Jer14:7 "Although our sins testify against us,
O LORD, do something for the sake of your name.
For our backsliding is great;
we have sinned against you." NIV

Jeremiah acknowledges the sin of Judah - but appeals to God for His name's sake - for His glory. "Moses had, Samuel had, and others had stood before God and said, "Regardless of what we're like, God, remember what you're like. Surely, for your own name's sake you won't let this thing happen, lest your name be defiled among the nations." - Ray Stedman

But God does not budge. Jeremiah reminds Him - there are prophets out there saying everything is o.k. 'you will not see sword or famine. You will have lasting peace.'

I wonder if these prophets were tickling ears and getting food and money thrown at them for rebutting Jeremiah's dire forecasts? It seems there are always false prophets, but the number seems to increase around times of judgment?????

God says, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds."NIV

They will be dealt with in the exact manner they say is not going to happen. then God goes on to reveal the famine and sword coming to Judah.

Jeremiah tries again to appeal to God on a higher level:

Jer 14:20-21 "O LORD, we acknowledge our wickedness
and the guilt of our fathers;
we have indeed sinned against you.

For the sake of your name do not despise us;
do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us
and do not break it."
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Jeremiah 15
God still will not budge despite Jeremiah's plea:

Jer15:1 "Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!" NIV

Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, is pointed out as a prime offender. Oral tradition has it he had Isaiah killed. He also, in the Bible, introduced idolatry on a large scale in Judah. Make no mistake though - the people did not rise up - they are to blame as much as Manasseh.

More judgment is outlined.
NOTE:
1) "I will make their widows more numerous than the sand of the sea." There is a Jewish saying that when one man is lost; a nation is lost. In that sense one can see the number approaching the sands of the sea.
2)"The mother of seven will grow faint and breathe her last." Having children is a great joy, sons a great joy, that joy is "complete" when you have seven offspring. Yet that woman's joy also will be short-lived.

Jeremiah is distraught, he cannot pray for the people (by God's command), so he prays for himself.

Jer15:15-16,18 " You understand, O LORD;
remember me and care for me.
Avenge me on my persecutors.
You are long-suffering—do not take me away;
think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.

When your words came, I ate them;
they were my joy and my heart's delight,
for I bear your name,
O LORD God Almighty....

...Why is my pain unending
and my wound grievous and incurable?
Will you be to me like a deceptive brook,
like a spring that fails?"NIV
[Note: Deceptive brook in Hebrew denotes a brook caused by melting snow or a flash flood - that will soon dry up.]

Ezek 3:1 and Rev10:9 also speak of eating words from a scroll or book. Are we also to not feed on the Word of God???? should it not be sweet to the taste???? Yet perhaps in Jeremiah's case and ours, once digested it makes the stomach bitter as God's Word is not followed in Judah and our lives???????

It may be that Jeremiah is close to losing His faith here. God answers Him, that if he repents he will be restored so he can serve God. Jeremiah will be protected.

Jeremiah is buoyed. From this point on I do not believe you will see Jeremiah complain again.
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Jeremiah 16

Jeremiah is told not to:
-Marry
-attend funerals
-attend feasts

By not marrying, God is actually sparing Jeremiah the sorrow of seeing his loved ones slaughtered. As far as funerals and feasts - the time for social amenities is over, for the time of judgment is near.

Why the dire predictions? Because the previous generation had succombed to idolatry, and the present one ignores the calls of the prophet to "turn to God".

Yet there is a glimmer of hope:
Jer 16:15 "but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers." NIV

That happened in May, 1948 :)

1 Thessalonians 2

Apparently there were people (false teachers) that came in behind Paul - and endeavored to cast aspersions on his ministry. Paul spends the early verses here defending against those accusations.

1Thess2:4b "We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts." NIV

"test" - Gk. dokimazo - means:to approve after examination;deemed worthy

Paul then expresses the ministry's(Paul and his group)love for the Thessalonians:
-as a mother loves her child
- as a father deals with his children - encouraging, comforting, and urging them to live lives worthy of God.
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1Thess2:13 "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe." NIV

Is every professing Christian saved? Don't know

Is every professing Christian in the Word of God consistently? Sadly, no.

If in the Word of God, does one digest it and make it part of one's life? Sadly, probably not for some unknown percentage.

But if you are saved, and you are in God's Word, and it is digested (obediant to and acted on) - you will be changed; you will become different.
[note: Since this is addressed to believers it is the Word of God in conjunction with the indwelt Holy Spirit.]

That is what is going on in Thessalonia. It is not the words of men, but the accepted Word of God that is at work in these believers.

Heb4:12 "12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

2Tim3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." NIV
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2Thess15b-16a "...They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved..." NIV

Paul unloads on the Jews, but remember this is the same Paul (a Jew) who in Romans9:3-4a said, "For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel."

However 20 years after Christ's crucifixion, Paul is stating facts and they are all true in the physical sense. However in the spiritual sense - "mankind killed Christ" - He died for our sins. You and I killed Christ.

Their was persecution of followers of "The Way" - Paul was the leader for a time. The Jewish nation believed salvation was for the Jew, and Gentiles to be saved had to convert to Judaism. So they actively opposed Jews who spoke another message - much less the one of "Christ".

Moving on - What about today? There are large areas of the world where persecution of Christians exist, where Bibles are not allowed, where preaching the gospel in public is forbidden? Certainly there are areas that exclude ALL other religions - but when it is Christianity - what causes the Hostility? In America, where there is no real physical persecution - there is a faction of society that is openly hostile to Christianity? Why?

John15:19 "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."

Because Jesus said the world would hate His disciples. It is true that these words were spoken to the disciples of Jesus prior to His Crucifixion. However, it can be argued that as obediant followers of Christ we are also disciples. Or, that as sharers of the gospel which revolves around Christ, we are hated because of His name.

On a broader level Ray Stedman gives three other reasons for the hostility:

1)The gospel ignores all human achievement. God is not impressed. We must all come to Him by admitting we cannot help ourselves. Non-believers find this offensive.

"You may believe in God, but you will never know him as Father unless you come by Jesus." (This is offensive to many as being too restrictive and lacking in man's participation in the process.)

Why, I do not know, because much of life is like that:

The laws of electricity must be carefully observed before you dare tinker with electric current and it does not show respect of persons. You cannot make up your own laws.

The telephone company insists you get the correct numbers in sequence when you use the telephone. You do not have the liberty of arranging them to your own liking. You must get them just right." - Ray Stedman ()mine.

2)The gospel exposes human pride.

3) The gospel forgives blatant sinners; those who richly deserve death and hell in the eyes of the world. " But that is its glory: it can change anyone who will receive it in humility and contrition." - Ray Stedman

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1Thess 2:16b "In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last"

Back to the Jews. In 50 -51 A.D. They have hit the limit. By actively opposing the spread of the gospel - God has said "enough". "has come" is in the aorist active indicitive which is "completed action". So the wrath of God is on them. When?

- Could be the Romans in Israel??? In 41 A.D. the rebellion of the Jews was gaining momentum. Caligula's death halted it for a time, but there were sporadic outbreaks. Full rebellion started in 66 A.D. and in 70 A.D. The country was leveled by the Romans, and the population dispersed throughout the world. Just as Christ predicted in the gospels. The process of Roman military action would have already started by the time of this letter.

- Or it could be that God's anger is registered, but His wrath is yet to come in the Tribulation???
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Paul's Longing to See the Thessalonians

1) Paul states that they could not get to Thessalonia because of Satan.

Again a personified chief adversary of God, not a nebulous evil force. Paul had suffered opposition by the state (v.2), society (v.14), and satan (v.18).

"While this might look like three enemies, it is really only one. Other Scriptures indicate that the state and society are often the channels of the devil's attempts to hinder the spread of the good Word of God. This is what Paul was encountering here." - Ray Stedman

2)Why the longing? Because Thessaloniaian "assembly" is Paul's honour and joy. Their attiutude and persistent faith reflect God's glory and light, and reflect on Paul and his efforts to help develop Christian maturity.

And they all will be rejoicing when Christ returns. The second chapter in a row that ends with the mentioning of Christ's Coming.

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15


For many, this section of Jeremiah is particularly hard to grasp and take in. Within these chapters, for the third time (Jer 14:11—the two previous times: Jer 7:16; 11:14) he is told not to pray for the people, God’s people, and despite that command, Jeremiah still continues interceding and making excuses for Jerusalem and it’s people. A conversation ensues with God finally telling Jeremiah to repent, to return to Him.

I wonder if we ever think of God’s men, His prophets as committing sin? Disobeying the voice of the Lord, a clear-cut command despite what our feelings tell us, is a sin. To repent is to turn, as Michael Stone has so elegantly stated.

From the Amplified:

[Jeremiah said] O Lord, You know and understand; [earnestly] remember me and visit me and avenge me on my persecutors. Take me not away [from joy or from life itself] in Your long-suffering [to my enemies]; know that for Your sake I suffer and bear reproach. Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of those who make merry, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone because Your [powerful] hand was upon me, for You had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?

Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you--not you to [the people]. And I will make you to this people a fortified, bronze wall; they will fight against you, but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you to save and deliver you, says the Lord. And I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the palms of the terrible and ruthless tyrants.
(Jer 15:15-21 AMP)


A rhetorical question: Can we really change the mind of God? If God has decreed something to happen, can we really stall Him, convince Him to change His Mind?


I Thessalonians 2:9-3:13

I wonder if Paul’s message to the church at Thessalonica was delivered with anointed words that burned into the hearts of those listening. I have had people, strangers, that walked up to me or who I had, for a better word, a divine appointment with and the words they spoke to me burned in my heart as “Truth,” latter to be confirmed by the Word.

In the book of Job, Job makes a statement that I have pondered for years,

Is it not the task of the ear to discriminate between [wise and unwise] words, just as the mouth distinguishes [between desirable and undesirable] food? (Job 12:11 AMP)

Paul states in the first chapter of the Book of Romans (1:19-25) that the world, the unbelievers have exchanged the truth for a lie. In order to exchange one thing for another, one-must be in possession of, have within one’s hand the thing they are exchanging.

I believe everyone knows Truth when they here it. Our rebellious nature causes us to reject that which we know to be the truth. I pray that we be as honorable as this church was in receiving the Words of Life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May we also be as honorable and noble as the people of Berea (Acts 17:11-12) who searched the scriptures to see if what Paul preached was confirmed by the Word.

Psalm 80:1-19
4
O LORD God Almighty,
how long will you be angry and reject our prayers?

5
You have fed us with sorrow
and made us drink tears by the bucketful.

6
You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.
Our enemies treat us as a joke.

7
Turn us again to yourself, O God Almighty.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.

Today’s reading in Psalms fits in well with our Jeremiah passage. The image I see is of a child who has been placed in the corner for disciple crying out to his mother, How Long? How many more minutes until the punishment is over.

Proverbs 25:1-5


2 It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them.

The above Proverb reminds me of a tee shirt I had that I absolutely loved and subsequently wore out.

E=mc2 Created by God Discovered by Einstein. I miss that shirt. It was a real conversation piece.


Hmm, Mike, that dross taken from the silver always requires a heating up of the metal and it is a very slow process. At each rise in the temperature, the dross rises to the top and is then skimmed off. The process continues until there is no longer any dross rising to the top. Sometimes we find ourselves on the “hot” seat not because we have done anything wrong in particular, we are just having our dross removed.

Sometimes, no, most of the time, the sins we think we don’t have surfaces when the “heat is on.”

Jeremiah 15:16
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.”

Jeremiah 15:1, 2
"Then the LORD said to me, "Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me pleading for these people, I wouldn't help them. Away with them! Get them out of my sight! And if they say to you, `But where can we go?' tell them, `This is what the LORD says: Those who are destined for death, to death; those who are destined for war, to war; those who are destined for famine, to famine; those who are destined for captivity, to captivity.'"

We are all “…weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit].” (Romans 8:3, Amplified). No matter what name is it called, in any culture, all people know about this tendency and temptation to “go it alone and do what I want to do when I want—and no one can tell me otherwise.”

Romans 8 (Amplified)
7
That is because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God's Law; indeed it cannot.
8
So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.

God’s answer is the Word. This verse from James has become one of my favorite verses—and yet not so favorite because it slaps and challenges the flesh. Though it does not initially “feel good”, it brings life!

James 1 (Amplified)
21
So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.

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It is easy to forget the Word…if we let ourselves. It is easy to forget that God is holy. We desperately want to be pleasing to the Creator, and yet we do not want to change.

The human heart is easily deceived without regular, daily doses of the Word.

Change, in God’s way, is good! For without change, there is no growth.

The people in Judah became deceived by pleasure and apparently simply focusing on the fact that “God is good, His Mercy endures forever.” THANK GOD FOR THAT!

But, so-called “Mercy” that convinces people to not repent is not true mercy or true wisdom.

This reminds me of Martin Luther’s comment on Galatians 1:4. That he might deliver us from this present evil world.

“As long as a person is in the world he cannot by his own efforts rid himself of sin, because the world is bent upon evil. The people of the world are the slaves of the devil. If we are not in the Kingdom of Christ, it is certain we belong to the kingdom of Satan and we are pressed into his service with every talent we possess.

Take the talents of wisdom and integrity. Without Christ, wisdom is double foolishness and integrity double sin, because they not

a. only fail to perceive the wisdom and righteousness of Christ,

b. but hinder and blaspheme the salvation of Christ.

Paul justly calls it the evil or wicked world, for when the world is at its best the world is at its worst.

The grossest vices are small faults in comparison with the wisdom and righteousness of the world. These prevent men from accepting the Gospel of the righteousness of Christ.

The white devil of spiritual sin is far more dangerous than the black devil of carnal sin because the wiser, the better men are without Christ, the more they are likely to ignore and oppose the Gospel.”

Vance

I like this..,

It gives me hope:

"Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."

God, can and does turn us.

For me, judgement like in the passage with Jeremiah has had absolutely no effect really in my life.

I, like many others, know my personal sins too well and like Paul so long ago do in fact "want to do good". But in me there seems to dwell no good thing.

Except in the verse;

Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

How shall I be saved?

Turning? Like the hebrew says about repentance which is to turn...?

If I do it, it seems I am able to easily turn again away from God as easily as I turned to him...,

But. When my Father in Heaven opens the clouds of my heart and shines upon me.....

When my soul is opened to his touch after some horrific sin,

I..., am turned by his love.

In fact often I am dropped more by his forgiveness to my knees, than all the joys I have been so freely spoiled with in knowing Him.

And is my point to sin more that I may be tenderized to his sensitivity to my real need? (Love)

No.

In fact it is my point how personal this is...Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Only God can and does turn us and chooses the means...

For me it is Love, others it may be Fear. Some it may be judgement.

I thank God he can cause me to "turn away" from my sin and embrace Him as he already knows I hate the fact that though I am His, I am still a Sinner.

My great hope is that in death and union to him...one day... " we shall be saved."

Saved from ever having to turn again or be turned.

Till then...I still need to turn and to be turned and I really trust his turning me more than I do my own.

God Will Restore Israel

Jeremiah 16:14-15
14 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 15 but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.

1Thess3

Three things:

Paul may have not been a franchiser - but he has consistent ways of planting and growing a church. Here it is Timothy, but whether in person or through letters there is a common methodology in place.

Always the gospel is preached and a church planted.

Here Timothy comes back to:

1) to teach, resulting in a deepening of faith.

2) to encourage and exhort, resulting in steadfastness (patience) in times of turbulence. Both 1&2 leading to more Christian maturity.

3) to report back, providing feedback to Paul. (This is also done by letters to Paul)

Preach, teach, encourage, get feedback.

Seems like a good model to follow :) Please, no McChurch jokes :)
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Jesus taught us how to pray in the Lord's prayer. Paul exemplifies the attitude of prayer.

1) earnestly
2) frequently
3) specifically

Another good model to follow, and one I needed to see. Especially the "frequently" part. I pray to be more and more like Paul in my prayer efforts.
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1Thess3:13 "May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones." NIV

Some say this is the Second coming, when in Revelations Christ comes back with all the saints.

That may be so. However, this verse does not preclude the idea of the "Rapture".

In the next chapter Paul is talking to those in Thessalonica who are still alive on earth. Before they will be "snatched up", the (bodies of the) dead will go first. So that when the Thessalonians are in the presence of God, Jesus with all the pre-deceasing saints will be there. Whether in glorified bodies or not - still not sure - I think so - but not sure. :(

Paul is three for three in ending chapters with the Return of Christ - so as we will see, this is an important topic to the Thessalonians.


Weak Faith/Losing Faith

I had one of those "sit up in bed can't believe I overlooked this" moments regarding Jeremiah.

Jeremiah whose name means "appointed by the Lord" (a consensus translation as I ran across differing translations), has done all the Lord asked. He has prayed, preached, warned, and grieved over Judah. When God instructs him to do something, Jeremiah does it.

At the end of chapter 15, Jeremiah had been instructed not to pray for the people, but he does pray for himself. For healing and protection.

God's answer:

Jer15:19-21 "19 Therefore this is what the LORD says:
"If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless words,
you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.

I will make you a wall to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,"
declares the LORD.

"I will save you from the hands of the wicked
and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel."

If you repent? Wait a minute, Jeremiah is a man of God - a prophet! He has been telling Judah repeatedly to turn back to the Lord and repent. Now God is telling Jeremiah to repent?????

What did Jeremiah do? I alluded in last post that Jeremiah might be losing his faith. I think there are two indicators:

1) He had already asked God to avenge him of his persecutors, and God said - He would do it, but in His time.

2)I did all these things for you faithfully, yet I am still grieved, will you not heal me - or are you as a deceptive brook (here today, but not tomorrow).

These two things both indicate a "doubt regarding God". Doubt of what God said before (in #1), and doubt that God is capable or willing to take care of his pains and woes. Jeremiah doubted God's Word, and that is a sin.
http://www.worldchallenge.org/pulpit_series/archive/ps01_0402.html

God says as much in His response to Jeremiah.

If you repent, I will restore you: indicating Jeremiah had sinned.

If you utter worthy, not worthless words: Stop being so hasty in accusing Me, and don't insult Me with worthless statements.

Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them: don't you turn to them and become like them - doubting my word, having no faith.

If you do these things you will be able to serve me, and I will protect you.

In doubting God's Word Jeremiah was weakening or losing His faith in God. Everything had taken a toll on him. No one was listening, no one heeded Jeremiah, and there were plots to kill Jeremiah. On top of that other prophets had near term fulfillments of prophecies - Jeremiah had been warning many years - but nothing happened.

He doubted, God corrected Jeremiah, and as I said before, I have read that from this point on Jeremiah complains no more. He decides to rely completely on the Lord.
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What is the point?

If it can happen to Jeremiah, it can happen to us (believers).

When God is distant, does not seem to be working in your life, trial after trial is raining down on you, is not providing a smooth road for you to walk down - that is not the time to fold up your tent, doubt God, and distance yourself even more from Him - going your own way.

That is the time to redouble your prayer efforts, repent of any sins, and rely completely on God. He is a faithful God who will complete His works! Tell him that, tell Him you are not going away, tell Him He is your sole source of comfort and that you rely on Him.

Earnest prayer, praise of God, and unshakable faith - that pleases the Creator.

It all will pass, and later (in life or in heaven) you will see the purpose of it all.

We have an example here in Jeremiah - and I pray that we all learn something from it.

This sight is such a Blessing. I thank you all, thank you Mike!!

OYB is a wonderful way to apply the truth of Jeremiah 15:16 "when your words came I ate them...they became the joy and delight of my heart."

"...Don't dwell on this, but realize it is true. And that by growing your relationship with Jesus & God..." What?!? Jesus was fully human and WAS and IS fully, 100% divine. (the Bible teaches this clearly and we believe this fact)... "God & Jesus" is misleading- "God, the Father & God, the Son, Jesus" would be would provide clarity ... Jesus IS God. You seem to be subtly stating that Jesus is separate and not God. I know you don't believe this. However, young believers can easily be confused.
Thank you Mike for all the effort and wisdom put forth in the OYBB.

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