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Jeremiah 26:1-27: 2

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? (Galatians 4:16 HCSB)

Jesus told them, "My time has not yet arrived, but your time is always at hand. The world cannot hate you, but it does hate Me because I testify about it--that its deeds are evil. (John 7:6-7 HCSB)

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:25 HCSB)

As I read through today’s text a multitude of scriptures from different books of the Bible crossed my mind, then I realized that God’s message has been the same through out time: God is the Truth, the only truth. Man has been given the freedom to choose Truth or a lie from the time in The Garden to our present day, Truth is crying out to us to not only to be heard but be listened too and applied to our lives. The choices given to us have always been, life or death, even when it seems like there are many choices and roads to go down only one leads to life. If you do not choose life, all other roads lead, no matter the terrain, to death the exact opposite of the other view that all roads lead to God.

Funny how we are presented the argument that there are many roads leading to God, yet God says there is only Him or no one. He is the only God. In chapter twenty-six, we see Jeremiah positioned at the front of the Temple to give the “worshipers” the Truth, which they quickly reject. What saved the prophet is the recognition that he is speaking, “Thus saith the Lord …” Interestingly, the message is not given its rightful place because He has stated that the Lord gave him the Words, it is only tolerated because Jeremiah has evoked the Lords name. They are hearing and not listening—and because they haven’t listened, it is not applied to their lives.

Mike asks the question regarding obedience, what part of our lives do we need to submit to God’s obedience. I don’t think that you can be partially out of or in obedience nor more than you can be a little bit pregnant; you either are or are not. You are either submitted to God’s yoke that is easy and light or you are submitted to the hard yoke of sin no matter how it is disguised.

In the 27th chapter, Jeremiah is told to become a performance artist by wearing a wooden yoke to symbolize the yoke that Babylon will first place on the nations, then place on Judah because the nations and Judah failed to submit themselves under the yoke of God. God states His authority to do this by declaring, By My great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please. (Jeremiah 27:5 HCSB). He is the Creator and He can do as He pleases. Paul declares this very same principle in the book of Acts when He is hanging around Athens observing all the gods they had built statues too,

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; (Acts 17:26 KJV)

God stands in control of the nations and their boundaries even when to us it appears that chaos is the rule of the day.

Since Truth is not welcomed, the world loves the prophets of lies. I notice that in the text, the false prophets are called, “your false prophets”(27:9). If these false prophets belong to the people they are prophesying too, then they will speak to them what the people want to hear. A lie does not become truth when the lie is repeated over and over again so that people deceive themselves into believing what is false.

When there are brave souls who are honest enough to speak out against the lie, they are considered treasonous. The game is to go along to get along, loyalty to the person, ideal, or concept instead of to the Truth. Funny thing about lies, liars and loyalty, loyalty can only be anchored to the Truth, which is a Rock. Loyalty to a person not grounded on the Truth will have you being tossed to and fro because you and it are not grounded.

A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.
Heywood Broun, ''Jam-Tomorrow' Progressives,' New Republic, December 15, 1937
US journalist (1888 - 1939)

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Samuel Johnson, quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson
English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 - 1784)

Jeremiah was accused of being what both of the above quotes state. Have I done the above when I am confronted with Truth? And truth is confrontational, especially the truth about oneself. Have I used technicalities to try to wiggle out of dealing in Truth? Have I accused the person bringing me Truth of being against God, country, mom and apple pie?

For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. (2 Timothy 4:3 HCSB)

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. (1 Corinthians 14:10 KJV)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Believers who do not show their faith through their obedience of God's commands are not to be looked upon as an example. As believers, we should help them and warn them rather than reject them.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 warns us to stay away from lazy, unruly people who don't follow God's teachings. We should work for our food, earning it instead of just taking it from other people. Like verse 10 says, "“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” It's like reaping and sowing. If you do not sow the seeds, you will not reap any harvest. (Lots of verses in the Bible on that.)

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 tells us to be wary of those who do not listen to this chapter. However, we should not turn them into the enemy, but try to help them instead.

Again Paul emphasized on prayer for the apostles to protect them from the evil ones. I must confess that my weak point is not enough prayer to praise God, confess sins, thanksgiving and lift matters up to Him.
This one is suited for prayer for the one we care too: "And pray that you may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one."

In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul encourages us to pray so that the message of the Lord can be spread to all who have yet to receive faith. We should not treat those who haven't received Christ as our enemies, but rather continue to set a good example and guide them to the right path.

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3

Observations: When we pray, we should pray to not give in to the evil and temptations of this world, and God is faithful and will protect and strengthen us. God will lead us through hardships when we pray to him.
We should not idle anything, but live according to God's teaching to us.

Application: We can pray to God about our troubles, and He will help us through our troubles and deliver us from evil. Also, we shouldn't love anything over God.

Paul's command to the idler to get back to work an earn their own living.

Couple observations today in Jeremiah...why did God allow Jeremiah to live while the other prophet Uriah did not escape death? Perhaps he fled his duty? Moreover, the fact that God gave specific instruction for the Israelites to serve the King of Babylon even though they are their captors and probably evil. In light of my homeland being ravaged by communist regime right now, it is hard to imagine that perhaps it is His will for that part of the world to still serve under them - the bigger picture is that God's people will prosper. We are here clearly not fighting for a earthly democratic kingdom; but one that lasts for eternity.

Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

"when we were with you, we gave you this rule: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.' "
-2 Thessalonians 3:10

Paul encourages us not to slack off, but rather, to work hard for the Lord. I think this is a good idea to keep in mind throughout every day.

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