Bible In One Year-Day 152 (Sunday, June 1, 2014)
Commentary: Jer43-45. Each time you see Jeremiah do some prophetic action, it means that the matter was concluded in the spirit realm and the words that follows such actions were the judgment established in heaven, Jer43:9-13. The Bible tagged the leadership of the people as proud and wherever you see pride, disobedience is there;
Jeremiah 43:2 “Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:”
Pride is a sign that Satan has taken over just as humility is a token of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The nature of the Holy Spirit is gentleness and humility but that of Satan is pride. Pride made him to disobey the God in heaven, Isaiah14:12-15.
Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Pride is a thing of the heart with selfish notations as “I”. Pride makes one to pervert God’s word. Satan carried the word of God to Adam and Eve with the intention to deceive them, he did it to Jesus also. Satan is still doing it. In Jer42, they sent Jeremiah to God and with a promise that they would do whatever God said. Again they wanted God to say what they had in mind. They despised God’s counsel which Jeremiah was not comfortable with;
Jeremiah 42:20 “For ye dissembled in your hearts, when ye sent me unto the LORD your God, saying, Pray for us unto the LORD our God; and according unto all that the LORD our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.”
They rejected God’s counsel and carried every one of them along to Egypt, including Jeremiah. For this reason, God instructed Jeremiah to carry out the prophetic action as a sign of God’s judgment. Nebuchadnezzar was an instrument of divine judgment in the hand of God. Egypt as a nation was not an issue to God as at this very time but the disobedience of the remnant of Judah to God’s counsel caused the unfavorable judgment. They trusted in Egypt instead of God. Though they changed their position (i.e. from Jerusalem to Egypt), their orientation was not changed (burning incense to the queen of heaven). What they did in Jerusalem was what they embarked on in Egypt;
Jeremiah 44:16-17 “As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.”
God’s judgment after this statement was very serious, and Pharaoh was seriously affected. Chapter44 was God’s judgment for their involvement in idolatry. The gift of a man is not what makes God to take delight in the man but his obedience to God’s will and instructions.
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Jer46-48. Keep the fire burning and alive.
1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”