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Topic: MISSION (01/30/20)
- TITLE: If you have ears, hear...
By Ramona Cook
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God told them that because of their choices to sin against Him by turning to other gods, and giving their activities to those things He had forbidden, that He was expelling them from their homeland, to become servants to foreign powers. He told them that they MUST obey by leaving, otherwise they would die in the city.
God told them also that the term of their expulsion would be 70 years and after that time He would bring them back to their land.
Some of the people were in agreement with God and some rebelliously refused. They decided that Jeremiah was a false prophet and so, they had good reason to ignore the negative reports from Jeremiah. IF Jeremiah was not speaking for God, then they had good reason to resist.
It seems strange, this account in Chapter 35 of Jeremiah, and it is not until the end of the account that we get the real message of what God was revealing to them, and to us.
Scripture bears credence to the fact that God always warns before He brings judgment upon people.
Jeremiah 35, begin verse 1, The descendants of Rechab were a bit different in their preferred style of living, because it was the way their fathers had taught them to live. Those were things they observed in daily living practices.
They had been taught to never drink wine, and to live in tents and to not build houses. They lived in obedience to those instructions.
God told Jeremiah to gather them, all of the Rechabites, take them to the House of the Lord, to set pots full of wine before them and tell them all to drink the wine.
That doesn’t seem a correct thing to do, but God had a point to make in the outcome of it. God was on a mission.
The Rechabites refused to drink the wine on the basis that they always obeyed their fathers instructions to never drink wine, and to not build houses, but to live in tents, to sow no seed, and to not plant vineyards.
Jeremiah 35:10 “We have obeyed according to all that Rechab, our grandfather, commanded to Jonadab our father, and he has commanded to us.
Then The Lord spoke through Jeremiah the Prophet with these words: v 13, Go speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instruction to listen to My Words?”
v14, “The words of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine are performed, for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: and, even though I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, you will not listen to Me.” (God is seriously trying to direct them to safety.)
v15, “I have sent you also all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them saying, “Return you NOW every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, THEN you shall dwell in the land that I have given to you and your fathers: but you have not inclined your ear, you have not listened to Me.” (IF we will just repent and obey The Lord, then we will be spared the coming wrath, and will instead be blessed by God.)
God continues to advise them that because they have refused to live by the rules He has set for them, His sons, that He is going to give them some harsh punishment. (But, they could have averted it.)
V19, God further says to the Rechabites, that because they obeyed their fathers, that their Tribe would forever have a representative to stand before Him.
God is not a God Who wants to bring judgments of wrath upon anyone. He IS, however, a JUST God and He hates SIN. He hates sin because it destroys everything it touches. God is clear that He will eventually find it necessary to purge sin from His people.
He keeps saying to us: “Stop your wicked ways, repent, return to Me, do right.
But, are YOU listening?
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