The Lord makes Himself plain on what to do

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.26.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 17.24–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 17–19 on October 26, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Mysteries abound in the Bible, so do difficult-to-understand and difficult-to-interpret passages, but when it comes to what the Lord wants us to do, He makes Himself plain, such as He did with ancient Israel, speaking through Jeremiah,

“And it shall be, if you heed Me carefully,” says the LORD, “to bring no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work in it, then shall enter the gates of this city kings and princes sitting on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, accompanied by the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall remain forever. And they shall come from the cities of Judah and from the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin and from the lowland, from the mountains and from the South, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and incense, bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of the LORD. But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched” (Jeremiah 17.24–27). 

If you had been a child of Israel and heard Jeremiah speak, would you know what to do? Would you know the blessing for doing what the Lord said to do? I am sure that you answered yes to both questions.

Do you know what He wants you to do to become a Christian?


  • Do you seek daily to repent of your sins?
  • Have you been baptized for the remission of your sins?

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