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Jeremiah 10:1-11:23

But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor (deference, reverence) except in his [own] country and among [his] relatives and in his [own] house. (Mark 6:4 AMP)

It is Jeremiah’s own people, his family who want him dead for just speaking the Truth; the Words God gave him to speak (11:18-23). How many of us are not speaking out the Words of God because we do not want to disturb the family and our family’s idols? This entire section of Jeremiah is speaking of God’s people, not the other folks, the non-believers, but God’s folks choosing other things besides God. This is the same sin that happened out in the desert when Israel became tired of waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain and crafted an idol, a calf, to be their god.

God long ago gave Israel a choice, two choices, one choice for good and the other for evil. That was the same choice God gave to Adam back in the garden—Innocence or life and death. Of all the trees that Adam had access to, only one was forbidden the Tree of good and evil, he chose death. We have this same choice, good or evil. When we choose evil, and we then try to pretend it is good by erecting our own gods to validate our faulty choice, we gather together as conspirators to kill the one telling us 1) that we have made a bad choice, and 2) telling us to repent, to return to the boundaries (chapter 11) God has set.
We are no different from the people Jeremiah was commissioned to warn before he was formed in his mother’s womb. Despite the prophet’s best efforts to turn God’s focus away from His people and toward the nations (10:23-25), God’s will is God’s will even when our will doesn’t agree with His.

Consider the work of God; for who can straighten out what He has made crooked?
(Ecclesiastes 7:13 HCSB)

Grace and peace,

Jeremiah 10
God is about to take action against His people and Jeremiah heart breaks as he sees the people who are always doing wrong. But, running parallel to this is, his awareness of the power of Holy God. And what He is capable of doing. I love his prayer: verses 23-25
"I know, O Lord , that a man's life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
Correct me, Lord , but only with justice-
not in your anger,
lest you reduce me to nothing."

Colossians 4
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Shalom 🙏🏼

Colossians 4:6 seasoned with salt —In the ancient world, salt was used to preserve food and enhance flavor. Conversation that is figuratively seasoned with salt is uplifting.

Is our conversations seasoned with salt? Full of grace & uplifting? Helping to preserve them not tear them apart? Does it enhance them? God was working on me about grace the other day & it was hard bc I kept getting caught on “matter of principle”, however grace isn’t something we earn it’s given & it’s given through love. If we aren’t thinking about how we love that person despite what they’ve done then we will also probably struggle in extending grace bc it can only be executed through love

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