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God’s Word as a hammer!

Scripture reading for August 9th: Jeremiah 21-25

“Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.  for what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.  “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”  Jeremiah 23:28-29

When we were much younger and had small children we were in a church that sang Scripture songs.  A lady named Laura would use her King James Bible and lead us in singing.  One of the songs we sang was from these verses in Jeremiah.   My youngest son, Marshal, loved this song and is now preaching God’s Word!

Jeremiah had to deliver some hard messages to his own peers in the ministry of that day.  He spoke a word to the shepherds of that day and accused them of scattering the sheep and destroying them.  (Jeremiah 23:1-3)  They were not caring for God’s people and were bringing about their death and captivity.  The shepherds he was talking to were the kings of Judah.  He warned them repeatedly but few appreciated his warnings! (Jeremiah 22:11-12) (Jeremiah 22:28-30)

God, Himself, promised to raise up a ‘righteous Branch’ from the line of David who would restore justice and save the nation.  (Jeremiah 23:5-6)  This righteous king would bring God’s people out of captivity in the lands where they would be scattered and bring them into their own land.  (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

The godless priests and prophets were the cause of the people going astray.  They committed adultery and lived a lie.   They prophesied by Baal, the false idol of the Canaanites.(Jeremiah 23:13-14)  They told people who were living in sin that they would have peace when God’s word said they would have trouble.  (Jeremiah 23:16-17)  God was sending a storm that would destroy the wicked and these prophets should have been giving them God’s word to turn around.

Jeremiah saw the word of God as a fire that would burn out the dross of sin and bring judgment on the wicked.  Jeremiah saw God’s word as being a strong hammer that could shatter the hardened hearts.  Jeremiah’s heart was broken and his bones trembled at the thought of God’s holy words and their supernatural power.  (Jeremiah 23:9)

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Hammer and fire!

Scripture reading for August 8th: Jeremiah 21-25

“Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.  for what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.  “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:28-29

When we were much younger and had small children we were in a church that sang Scripture songs.   One of the songs we sang was from these verses in Jeremiah.  It was a catchy tune and my younger son Marshal picked it up and was always singing it.  It is interesting to note that Marshal is preaching God’s word today!

Jeremiah had to deliver some hard messages to his own peers in the ministry.  He spoke a word to the shepherds of that day and accused them of scattering the sheep and destroying them.  (Jeremiah 23:1-3)  They were not caring for God’s people and were bringing about their death and captivity.  The shepherds he was talking about were the kings of Judah.  He warned them repeatedly but few appreciated his warnings! (Jeremiah 22:11-12) (Jeremiah 22:28-30)  Some accused Jeremiah of being a traitor because of his strong words.

God, Himself, promised to raise up a ‘righteous Branch’ from the line of David who would restore justice and save the nation.  (Jeremiah 23:5-6)  This righteous king would bring God’s people out of captivity in the lands where they would be scattered and bring them into their own land.  (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

The godless priests and prophets were the cause of the people going astray.  They committed adultery and lived a lie.   They prophesied by Baal, the false idol of the Canaanites. (Jeremiah 23:13-14)  They told people who were living in sin that they would have peace when God’s word said they would have trouble.  (Jeremiah 23:16-17)  God was about to send a storm that would destroy the wicked and the prophets were not warning them to repent!

Jeremiah saw the word of God as a fire.  The fire would burn out the dross and burn up the chaff as it swept the wicked away.  Jeremiah saw God’s word as being a strong hammer that could shatter the Isrealites hardened hearts.  Jeremiah’s heart was broken and his bones trembled at the thought of God’s holy words.  (Jeremiah 23:9)   Let the Spirit and life of God’s word keep you from the fire and hammer!

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Knowing God!

Scripture reading for August 10th: Jeremiah 21-25

Many people claim to know God and speak for Him.  Jeremiah’s day was no different from ours.  There were many self-appointed prophets giving a message of peace and safety to people who were living in sin and idolatry.  (Jeremiah 14:13-15)  These were not pagans, but people whose ancestors made a covenant with the Lord to walk in faith and obedience.  What does it mean to really know God?

Jeremiah used the example of  King Shallum (Jehoahaz) , son of Josiah, who had gone into captivity.  He focused on building a bigger palace and exploited the people of God for his own gain.  “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father (Josiah) have food and drink?  He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.  He defended the cause of the poor and needy so all went well.  Is that not what it means to know Me?” declares the Lord?  “But your eyes and your heart are set on dishonest gain, on shedding of innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.”” (Jeremiah 22:15-17)  This wicked king was sent ahead into captivity as an example to the people;  Jeremiah used his failure to follow his godly father as an example to the people.

Knowing God is very practical.  It is humbly following the ways of truth and justice laid out by God in His law and word.  It is being merciful to the poor and needy.  It is confronting injustice and defending those whose innocent blood is being shed.  It is refusing to be under the oppression of sin and unbelief, but truly knowing the heart of God by faith in His holy word!

We must be vigilant today concerning our own knowledge of God.  He has given us His word and His Holy Spirit to take that word and reveal a true knowledge of God to each person.  No longer do we need to be deceived by self-appointed prophets or political leaders.  We are each called to live by God’s word and speak truth to our neighbors.  We are to live a practical life that demonstrates we know God by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Some leaders of our nation and even some leaders of God’s church are speaking lies that take innocent life and oppress and extort from God’s people.  Check out their lives and fruit!

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Hammer and fire!

Scripture reading for August 10th: Jeremiah 21-25

“Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.  for what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.  “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:28-29

When we were much younger and had small children we were in a church that sang Scripture songs from all over the Bible.  A lady named Laura who played an auto harp would use her King James Bible and lead us in singing.  One of the songs we sang was from these verses in Jeremiah.  It was a catchy tune and my younger son Marshal picked it up and was always singing it.  It is interesting to note that Marshal is preaching God’s word today and these truths are still working!

Jeremiah had to deliver some hard messages to his own peers in the ministry of that day.  He spoke a word to the shepherds of that day and accused them of scattering the sheep and destroying them.  (Jeremiah 23:1-3)  They were not caring for God’s people and were bringing about their death and captivity.  The shepherds he was talking to were the kings of Judah.  He warned them repeatedly but few appreciated his warnings! (Jeremiah 22:11-12) (Jeremiah 22:28-30)  He spoke of woe, death, captivity and loss of the land; some accused Jeremiah of being a traitor because of his strong words.

God, Himself, promised to raise up a ‘righteous Branch’ from the line of David who would restore justice and save the nation.  (Jeremiah 23:5-6)  This righteous king would bring God’s people out of captivity in the lands where they would be scattered and bring them into their own land.  (Jeremiah 23:7-8)

The godless priests and prophets were the cause of the people going astray.  They committed adultery and lived a lie.   They prophesied by Baal, the false idol of the Canaanites and led the people astray.(Jeremiah 23:13-14)  They told people who were living in sin and stubbornness that they would have peace when God’s word said they would have trouble.  (Jeremiah 23:16-17)  God was about to send a storm that would destroy the wicked and the prophets should have been giving them God’s word to encourage them to turn around.

God’s word never fails to produce the results that it speaks of.  Jeremiah saw the word of God as a fire.  The fire would burn out the dross to refine the metal and burn up the chaff as it swept the wicked away.  Jeremiah saw God’s word as being a strong hammer that could shatter solid rock.  The hardened hearts would be broken by this hammer.  Jeremiah’s heart was broken and his bones trembled at the thought of God’s holy words and their supernatural power.  (Jeremiah 23:9)  There are many gracious promises in God’s word, but also some very disturbing promises of judgment.  Let the Spirit, light, and life of God’s word keep you from the fire and hammer!

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