Some people do not even think of turning to the Lord

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.21.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 5.20–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 5–6 on October 21, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

In 2000, a movie came out called, “Cast Away,” in which the sole survivor of an airliner crash at sea, managed to continue his survival on a nearby island for four years. During that time, you would expect the character to seek God or to curse Him, but the character does neither one, as though God is just not an option. The Kingdom of Judah had the same failure.

The Jews had known the Lord and His word, but they went so far into sin, that turning back to Him did not enter their minds,

“Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
‘Hear this now, O foolish people,
Without understanding,
Who have eyes and see not,
And who have ears and hear not:
Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea,
By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
And though its waves toss to and fro,
Yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed.
They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the LORD our God,
Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season.
He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”
Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.’”
(Jeremiah 5.20–25) 

They had the ability to know, but they decided not to see and not to hear. Therefore, they did not tremble at His presence, although He placed the small amount of sand that exists on the seashore to keep back the gigantic ocean, although the ocean pounds that sand relentlessly. That did not affect the Lord’s people, driving them to fear Him, knowing also how He controlled the rainy seasons.

Therefore, good things like the rains, He withheld from them, because of the presence of their sins.

The modern Western World has this very problem. Let us learn from Judah, for eventually the Lord sent armies against His great nation, and it fell and went into captivity.


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