The Lord tells us plainly how we violate His will

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.06.2015 Old Testament: Jer 44.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 43–45 on November 6, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The Lord loves His people. Therefore, He instructs them plainly on what they need to do and what they should not do. When they follow evil, He tells them plainly, as He did through Jeremiah,

Then Jeremiah spoke to all the people—the men, the women, and all the people who had given him that answer—saying: “The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and did it not come into His mind? So the Lord could no longer bear it, because of the evil of your doings and because of the abominations which you committed. Therefore your land is a desolation, an astonishment, a curse, and without an inhabitant, as it is this day. Because you have burned incense and because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord or walked in His law, in His statutes or in His testimonies, therefore this calamity has happened to you, as at this day” (Jeremiah 44.20–23). 

They did not have to guess as to why the Lord sent the Babylonians against them. Likewise, the teachings of Jesus and the apostles show us plainly what the Lord wants and what He does not want. Shall we follow His teachings or not?

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