Tuesday, February 28
In chapters 5-6 we see God punishing His people for their sins. He continues to have their blessings taken from them. They never thought God would punish them instead they believed he would do nothing (5:12).
All thru 5-6 they receive punishment but not destruction (5:18). God has promised He will not leave them but He is a good Father who disciples His children. Are you in the midst of discipline? Do you need to recognize the wakeup call God is sending?
Homes lost and fields destroyed in Jeremiah might look like relationships damaged and hurt feelings in your life today. Take inventory of what God is doing in your life. You might be neglecting Him and He wants to get your attention.
Jeremiah chapters 7 & 8 begins Jeremiah’s first temple sermon (vs.2) (another is found in chapter 26 that I am sure you will hear about later). God was fed up and starts to name the sins against him (vs. 6,19), especially at His temple becoming a den of thieves (vs.11). The whole point of this message is that even if they would repent now God would keep the conquerors from coming (3,7). They must reject the lies such as the false hope that peace is certain, based on the reasoning that the LORD would never bring destruction on His own temple (vs.4). They must turn from their sins (3,5,9) and end their hypocrisy.
Is their something you are involved in that if you stopped now you could still be okay? Do you recognize the dangers in continuing in your sins? The longer you wait the worse it becomes. Repent today.
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