Be careful what you ask of the Lord

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.25.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 15.2–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 14–16 on October 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The kingdom of Judah made itself so repulsive to the Lord, that He wanted them cast out of His sight, and let them go forth. They asked where they should go,

“And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them,  ‘Thus says the LORD:

“Such as are for death, to death;
And such as are for the sword, to the sword;
And such as are for the famine, to the famine;
And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.”’

“And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,” says the LORD: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. I will hand them over to trouble, to all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem (Jeremiah 15.2–4). 

They asked; He told them. If they did not want the Lord and refused to live as He commanded and directed, they would find out how life goes separate from the Lord. Initially, a person may not suffer, leading them to believe no ill shall come into their lives. However, the Lord gives them time to repent because of His goodness toward them, but their utter refusal eventually brings on serious consequences.

Questions:

  • Are you faithful to the Lord?
  • Do you believe that if you remain faithful, He will remain with you through all the struggles of life?

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