Friday, May 30, 2014

Trust In The LORD JESUS, Not In The Queen Of Heaven

Jeremiah 7:1-34 NIV

False Religion Worthless

1This Is The Word that came to Jeremiah from The Lord: 

2“Stand at the gate of The Lord’s House and there Proclaim this message:

“ ‘Hear The WORD of The Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship The Lord. 

3This Is What The Lord ALMIGHTY, The GOD of Israel, Says:

“Reform your ways and your actions, and I Will Let you live in this place. 4Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This Is The Temple of The Lord, The Temple of The Lord, The Temple of The Lord!” 5If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7then I Will Let you live in this place, in the land I Gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9“ ‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury,a burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10and then come and stand Before ME in this House, which bears My Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things?

11 Has this House, which bears My Name, become a den of robbers to you?  

But I Have Been Watching! Declares the Lord.

12“ ‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first Made a Dwelling for My Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.  

13While you were doing all these things, Declares The Lord, I Spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I Called you, but you did not answer. 14Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the House that bears My Name, the Temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15I will thrust you from My presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’

16“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with ME, For I Will Not Listen to you. 17Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. 

They pour out drink offerings to other gods to arouse My Anger. 

 19But AM I The ONE they are provoking? Declares The Lord. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?

20“ ‘Therefore This Is What The Sovereign Lord Says: My Anger and My Wrath Will Be Poured Out on this place—on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the crops of your land—and it will burn and not be quenched.

21“ ‘This Is What The Lord ALMIGHTY, The GOD of Israel, Says:

Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! 22For When I Brought your ancestors out of Egypt and Spoke to them, I Did Not JustGgive them Commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23But I Gave them this Command: Obey ME, and I Will Be your GOD and you will be My people. Walk in obedience to all I Command you, that it may go well with you. 24But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I Sent you My servants the prophets. 26But they did not listen to ME or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.’

27“When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. 28Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed The Lord its GOD or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.

29“ ‘Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, For The Lord Has Rejected and Abandoned this generation that is under His Wrath.

The Valley of Slaughter

30“ ‘The people of Judah have done evil in My Eyes, Declares the Lord. They have set up their detestable idols in the House that bears My Name and have defiled it. 31They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire—something I Did Not Command, nor did it enter My Mind. 32So beware, the days are coming, Declares The Lord, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 

                                                              (Valley of Slaughter)

 33Then the carcasses of this people will become food for the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 34I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate.

Here begins another section of prophecy, ending with the ninth chapter. It opens with exhorting to reformation of life, without which the confidence of the Jews in their Temple is declared vain, Jeremiah 7:1-11. GOD Bids them to take warning from the fate of their brethren the Israelites, who had been carried away captive on account of their sins without any regard to that sacred place, Shiloh, where the Ark of GOD once Resided, Jeremiah 7:12-15.

The iniquities of Judah are so great in the Sight of God that the prophet is commanded not to intercede for the people, Jeremiah 7:16; the more especially as they persisted in provoking God by their idolatrous practices, Jeremiah 7:17-20. The Jewish sacrifices, if not accompanied with obedience to the moral law, are of no avail, Jeremiah 7:21-24.

Notwithstanding the numerous messages of Mercy from the time of the exodus, the people revolted more and more; and have added to their other sins this horrible evil, the setting up of their abominations in the Temple of JEHOVAH; or, in other words, they have encumbered the Mosaic economy, which shadowed forth the glorious truths of Christianity, with a heterogeneous admixture of the idolatrous, impure, and cruel rites of heathenism; consequently, the whole land shall be utterly desolated, Jeremiah 7:25-34.

JESUS Is The Way And Walk In HIM

Jeremiah 6:1-30 NIV

Jerusalem Under Siege

1“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!
Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!
For disaster looms out of the north,
even terrible destruction.
2I Will Destroy Daughter Zion,
so beautiful and delicate.
3Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents around her,
each tending his own portion.”
4“Prepare for battle against her!
Arise, let us attack at noon!
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
and the shadows of evening grow long.
5So arise, let us attack at night
and destroy her fortresses!”

6This Is What The Lord ALMIGHTY Says:

“Cut down the trees
and build siege ramps against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
it is filled with oppression.
7As a well pours out its water,
so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence and destruction resound in her;
her sickness and wounds are ever before ME.
8Take warning, Jerusalem,
or I Will Turn Away from you
and Make your land desolate
so no one can live in it.”

9This Is What The Lord ALMIGHTY Says:

“Let them glean the remnant of Israel
as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
like one gathering grapes.”
10To whom can I speak and give warning?
Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closeda
so they cannot hear.
The WORD of The Lord is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in it.
11But I am full of The Wrath of The Lord,
and I cannot hold it in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street
and on the young men gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
and the old, those weighed down with years.
12Their houses will be turned over to others,
together with their fields and their wives,
When I Stretch Out My Hand
against those who live in the land,”

Declares The Lord.

13“From the least to the greatest,
all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.
14They dress the wound of My people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.

15Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when I punish them,”

Says The Lord.

16This Is What The Lord Says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18Therefore hear, you nations;
you who are witnesses,
observe what will happen to them.
19Hear, you earth:
I AM Bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to My WORDS
and have rejected My Law.
20What Do I Care About incense from Sheba
or sweet calamus from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please ME.”

21Therefore This Is What The Lord Says:

“I will put obstacles before this people.
Parents and children alike will stumble over them;
neighbors and friends will perish.”

22This Is What The Lord Says:

“Look, an army is coming
from the land of the north;
a great nation is being stirred up
from the ends of the earth.
23They are armed with bow and spear;
they are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
to attack you, Daughter Zion.”
24We have heard reports about them,
and our hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped us,
pain like that of a woman in labor.
25Do not go out to the fields
or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
and there is terror on every side.
26Put on sackcloth, My people,
and roll in ashes;
mourn with bitter wailing
as for an only son,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us.
27“I Have Made you a tester of metals
and My people the ore,
that you may observe
and test their ways.
28They are all hardened rebels,
going about to slander.
They are bronze and iron;
they all act corruptly.
29The bellows blow fiercely
to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining goes on in vain;
the wicked are not purged out.
30They are called rejected silver,
because The Lord Has Rejected them.”

Jeremiah proceeds to unveil the judgment impending upon Jerusalem, and his description of it is divided into five parts, each beginning with the words “Thus Says JEHOVAH.”