When we believe we can continue in sin

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.22.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 7.20

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 7–8 on October 22, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Jews declared that they had the Temple of the Lord among them. Therefore, they believed that Jeremiah’s prophecies of impending doom for their sins, would not come to pass, because they believed that just having the Temple there would keep the Lord from destroying Jerusalem and punishing the nation.

That thinking led them to believe that they could continue in sin, but the Lord reminded them of Shiloh, where the Tabernacle had first been placed after Israel entered the Land of Canaan. He had punished Shiloh for its sin, although they had the Tabernacle. So the Lord told the Jews,

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched” (Jeremiah 7.20). 

Did it happen as the Lord promised? Yes, it did. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians is an established fact of history.

Likewise, He promises that Judgment for the whole world rapidly approaches. Will we believe Him or ignore Him?


  • Do you believe that God’s grace allows you to continue in sin?
  • What do you do about your sin?

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