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Jeremiah 28-29:32

While reading these two chapters two very powerful images came into my mind’s eye, the gardening process of pruning and cutting, and the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30 KJV)

Pruning and Cutting:

Throughout our reading of both Isaiah and Jeremiah, we see and read glimpses of “The Remnant.” Those people who will remain once the “unproductive” parts are removed and the “good” parts are cutback to produce more growth.

In the King James translation the English word, remnant is used a total of thirty-four times in both Isaiah and Jeremiah. A remnant based on the Hebrew words used (based on Strong’s numbering system) is: a survivor; residue; a portion that had escaped; posterity, etc. It is thus understandable why the scribes, Pharisees (far-to-sees) and Sadducees (sad-to-sees) were enraged when Jesus gave them the Parable of the Unproductive Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9) new that the Fig Tree and the Vineyard mentioned in that Parable was talking about them. (Interesting to take note that the Vineyard in this Parable has a Fit Tree planted in the midst, both represent Israel. What does it mean to have a Fig Tree (Israel) in the middle of a Vineyard?) The discourse Jesus gave in John chapter 15 to His disciples also gives us great insight in the life of the Believer. By way of the Pruning Shears to either cut off those things that are dead and to cutback those things that will hinder the productive things in our lives that may be good but not good for us.

Then Jesus told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, 'For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to deplete the soil?' But the worker answered him, 'Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down.' "
(Luk 13:6-9 NET.)

"I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. "I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.
(Joh 15:1-5 NET.)


Jeremiah has been walking around with a “yoke” on his shoulders, which represented the burden they, Judah, would receive because she refused to accept the “Yoke” of God, enslavement to the King of Babylon, death, disease or famine. The implication is that no matter how much we think that God is a tough “slave” Master, men, and sin will always extract a higher price and the cost will be unplayable by us.

For those who think that rejecting God gives them freedom to do as they please, they will be sadly mistaken. The Word says that anything other than Yoking yourself to God is burdensome and weary. You must either take this by faith or suffer consequences and an interest rate you will never ever be able to pay. The Word says it is true and my personal experience confirms for me that the Word of God is Truth.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isa 55:1-2 KJVR)

I Timothy 1:1-20

Now would be a good time to state why I just love this site. Here we can come and write to our hearts content on how the Word of God speaks to us. There is no one ganging up on us to have an “Us Four and no More” groupthink posse. Here Mike has given us, the readers and writers on this site, the opportunity to eat the hay and leave the sticks. Here the Word speaks for itself and it is assumed that we: a) have the intelligence to read for ourselves, b) use our understanding to perceive “Truth,” and c) allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into the knowledge of Jesus Christ. . Thank you.

Paul’s writing to Timothy sums it up so very nicely.

4Don't let people waste time in endless speculation over myths and spiritual pedigrees. For these things only cause arguments; they don't help people live a life of faith in God. 5The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith.

Psalm 86:1-17

>> Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.” How do you think this verse works as a prayer? Can you imagine praying it to God? Do you want God to teach you his way?>>

I believe as long as we stay committed to reading God’s Word we will learn God’s way.” God and His Word are one. (John 1:1)

Proverbs 25:17

Do you think this verse also applies to relatives also?

Grace and peace to all those who have partaken of the Waters of Life and to those who haven’t, come taste and see that the Lord is Good.


Jeremiah 28&29
So interesting that God uses a “Yoke” as a strong visual aid. A yoke is a device that embraces two parts to hold or unite them in position. I automatically think of Matthew 11:30. Jesus says “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. God wants us to be connected to Him. Because, when we are going through good or rough times...He is always there to share the load. We are never alone.

Israel was in Babylon in captivity as punishment. But, God was giving them a hope and encouragement. To seek Him during this time.
10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by
you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Thank you Father..your mercies are new every morning and great is your faithfulness!
Psalm 86
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

This scripture made me laugh! We have a family friend who always joked at his house...when you are saying goodbye...don’t change the subject!
Proverbs 25:17
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you.

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