What did the Lord want from Israel when He delivered them from Egypt?

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.22.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 7.21–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 7–8 on October 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord reminded Israel what He asked of them when He delivered them from Egypt and that if they had done what He said, things would have gone well for them,

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you’” (Jeremiah 7.21–23). 

From the time of Adam and Eve to our day today, the Lord wants the same thing of all people; He wants us to listen to Him and to do what He says. Is that too much for Him to ask?


  • If it is not too much to ask, why do people fail to listen to the Lord and to do what He says?
  • Do you listen to the Lord in the Scriptures?

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