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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
O LORD God Almighty,
how long will you be angry and reject our prayers?

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

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

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.”

Grace and peace,

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