Do not learn the ways of the world

Jeremiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Jer 10.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 9–10 on October 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Does anything hurt the church more than church members imitating the ways of the world? The Lord warned Israel:

Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the LORD:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them.”

– Jeremiah 10.1–2

Throughout the ages God’s people have watched what the world was doing and His people wanted to do the same thing. How has that turned out for us? It hurt Israel repeatedly and church history shows that it has hurt the church repeatedly.

Do not let the attractions of the world pull you away from the Lord, but meditate in His word night and day that you might learn to stay loyal to Him.


  • What have you done that proves helpful in keeping you from imitating the Gentiles?
  • What have you done that keeps you loyal to the Lord?

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