Tag: confronting the people
Scripture reading for August 6th: Jeremiah 7-10
Jeremiah was sent to preach to his people and told up front that they would not listen! (Jeremiah 7:27) He was told on several occasions not to pray for his people because their sins had removed them from God’s grace! (Jeremiah 7:16) (Jeremiah 9:22-23) He was known as the “weeping prophet” because of his many tears over God’s people!
“Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. This 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. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, 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, then I will let you live in this place, and in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” Jeremiah 7:2-7
God’s people were going through the motions of religion and were deceived! Jeremiah’s words struck to the heart of the matter without beating around the bush. God was not interested in religious activities, but in each heart! Their trust was in their attendance at the temple. God was calling for a change in their daily walk with God. He cared about orphans, widows, the alien, and the poor. His heart was broken when innocent blood was shed and people deal unjustly with one another. He hated adultery and lying. He loved His people enough to confront them through Jeremiah!
Six hundred years later, Jesus Christ went to the temple and saw the same things with the money changers. He quoted from Jeremiah: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a ‘den of robbers’.” (Mark 11:17) (Jeremiah 7:11) He then cleansed the temple! He stands at the door of our heart, which is now His temple. What will He say to us?