Following the dictates of your heart

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.22.2018 – Old Testament: Jer 7.24–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 7–8 on October 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord wanted to be Israel’s God and He wanted them to be His people, but for that to happen they had to do what He commanded. However, that did not occur:

“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers (Jeremiah 7.24–26).

The world tells us constantly to follow our hearts, or to trust ourselves, but the Lord says that if we do that, we shall go backward and not forward. He showed that He wanted the best for His people, sending prophets to them early, but they would not listen.


  • Do you trust in your heart?
  • Where does the Bible ever say to trust yourself?

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