As I have been reading in Jeremiah, I just want to point out a few things. Jeremiah is very unpopular and consistently had to go to a stiff-necked people and proclaim the word of the LORD.
What is strange is that no one wants to understand God’s mercy. Several times it is mentioned how He sent His servants, the prophets, rising early and time after time to warn them to repent and turn from their wicked ways.
People will say if God is this compassionate then why would he have so great a punishment as eternal damnation? The lake of fire that burns with brimstone. Where the worm dieth not. All the while ignoring His mercy.
The prophet had been pleading with the people on God’s behalf for, at least, 23 years. He was consistently beaten and thrown into prison. Being fed bread and water. Threatened with death as men plotted against him to take his life.
He is the Same Yesterday and Today
God has not changed which is why He has been mocked throughout the ages. “Where is His coming as promised”?
I will stand by my word that before anyone leaves this earth, God gives you a warning. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done. You don’t die in ignorance.
There is a portion of scripture in chapter 36 where Jeremiah dictated to Baruch all the words of the LORD and put it into a book to be presented to the king. Jeremiah had to tediously recall all of the warnings from the LORD while Baruch dictated them. Do you understand what a monumental task this must have been?
Yet, instead of repenting, the king burnt the pages of the book as they were being read to him. So then God made Jeremiah and Baruch go through the entire process a second time, which included adding the judgment against the king for burning the first book.
God is Merciful, But He Will Not Be Mocked
The blatant disregard for the LORD and His authority is dumbfounding. There was no regard for the patience and mercy of the LORD. Nor the meticulous care that was taken by Jeremiah in his obedience to God.
He lived a lonely life of solitude, imprisonment, and physical, verbal, mental, and emotional abuse. Bound to live his life serving and warning evil people of God’s wrath. All of this so that the LORD would have mercy on them.
I will say this again. God doesn’t need us. The Creator of the heavens, the earth, and everything contained within them, has always shown tender leniency and mercy towards His creation.
And this is why no one will be inexcusable for the punishment that they receive. Even today God is still holding out His outstretched hand in love. And because of this, no one can ask that foolishly stupid question again.
Who Are You Listening To?
This is also why I question many false prophets that only have words of peace. In this time with so much evil, and though God has a reward for his faithful remnant, be aware that sin abounds. Jesus is warning of the coming destruction. Don’t be like the foolish virgins who were not prepared when the bridegroom returned.
God is coming back. As it is written, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22: 12-13, KJV).
Let me add a couple of other things. Because God knows the nature of every individual man and this is why it is written, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still (Revelation 22: 11, KJV).
This final scripture touched me in a new way. Bringing tears to my eyes. “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Revelation 22: 16, KJV). I want you to read that again.
As He mentions David, in the present tense, He is showing the care and the love of those who truly love Him. That we are never forgotten.
Always coming from a place of love!!!
Originally written on March 02, 2023.