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Jeremiah 19:1-21:14

The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord. (Pro 19:3 AMP)

The above Proverb came to mind when I read in the 21st chapter that King Zedekiah sent the priest, Pashhur, to Jeremiah to inquire of God. Scripture tells us that Zedekiah cared nothing about the things of neither God nor God’s people. More than likely, based on the assignments and the messages God has given to Jeremiah, most of the priesthood, Levites and priests, had abandoned the commands of Moses and God, and the offices became strictly political.

Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he began his eleven-year reign in Jerusalem. His mother was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. He did evil in the sight of the Lord, in keeping with all Jehoiakim had done.
(2Ki 24:18-19 AMP)
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It is said that there are no atheist in “foxholes,” having never been in war I cannot attest to that truth, but having been in NYC on 9/11/01, I can tell you that people who were atheist were calling on “Something” in the aftermath of the planes being flown into the Twin Towers. Yet after they realized that they were not going to die that day, they went back to “raging” against the Lord. Faced with an advancing army, Zedekiah tried to reach out to Jeremiah’s God through a non-priestly priest. He had no interest in having a relationship with Jeremiah’s God so that God would become his God.

May we not be like those who seek God only during crises. May we not, after the crises has past and we find ourselves alive, rage against God and ask, “Where was God?”

I Thessalonians 5:4-28

14Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

We (the entire church body and society seem to have flipped the above admonishment. We try to encourage the lazy, instead of warning them about their laziness, and we oppress the timid instead of encouraging them. The bookshelves of bookstores are filled with books on motivating unmotivated people who are in truth, lazy. We oppress, intimidate and walk over the timid so that we can use them to get ahead. We put aside and step on those who are weak and we are impatient with everyone who is not like us because we are, after all, the epitome of righteousness, peach and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 82:1-8

The following verse has really caught my attention and I believe the writer used “irony” to make a point, a very big point,

3
"Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
4
Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.
5
But these oppressors know nothing;
they are so ignorant!
And because they are in darkness,
the whole world is shaken to the core.

Verse five is speaking to the same group that is being told to judge fairly so it must be addressing the judicial system. This seems to be a plea to those over the Israel’s legal system. This is saying that a corrupt judicial system shacks the very foundation of the world.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

1 Thessalonians 5:2

“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

I am always intrigued by people who try to go against this verse and know when the last days will be. Usually its older folks and I can understand a comfort we may have in knowing it will be soon, preferably before we die. I don’t study this subject too much because I prefer living in the here and now. I am ready for my last days and that is somewhat my character. I usually leave the house with the doors unlocked. Drives my kids crazy! (chuckle). Yeah, sure we have been robbed but it wasn’t because of locks on the door. The understanding here is that, are you prepared for the thief? Got all your ducks in order? Insurance, no real valuables in the house, a cheap TV, ready for a mess to clean up and ready to forgive.

This leads me into what Paul tells us at the end of this Letter about the 3 things needed for Eternal Life.

1. Verse 5:9 “..receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
2. Verse 5:13 “Live in peace with each other”.
3 Verse 5:16 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for God’s glory

My hero, Marie Ens in Cambodia rescuing kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hI0hwkHSQM

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