11.06.2014 Old Testament: Jer 44.15–19
To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 43–45 on November 6, In the year of our Lord 2014
By Don Ruhl
Certain men heard Jeremiah preach the word of God, but notice how they responded to him, and why they did so,
Then all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods, with all the women who stood by, a great multitude, and all the people who dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying: “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble. But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” The women also said, “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes for her, to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her without our husbands’ permission?” (Jeremiah 44.15–19).
Yes, they believed that forsaking offering to the queen of heaven did not help them, but the Holy Spirit revealed that the men would not stop their wives. Great is a woman’s influence. However, sometimes that influence is not for good, but for evil.
Let us base our lives on the teaching of Scripture, and then use our influence for good things, and may all women use their awesome influence to serve the God of heaven, not the false idol of the queen of heaven, or any other idol.