Jeremiah 12:1-17

29 12 2010

Jeremiah 12:1) Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?

Jeremiah 12:2) You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; They grow, yes, they bear fruit. You are near in their mouth But far from their mind.

Jeremiah 12:3) But You, O LORD, know me; You have seen me, And You have tested my heart toward You. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, And prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Jeremiah 12:4) How long will the land mourn, And the herbs of every field wither? The beasts and birds are consumed, For the wickedness of those who dwell there, Because they said, “He will not see our final end.”

Jeremiah 12:5) “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?

Jeremiah 12:6) For even your brothers, the house of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you; Yes, they have called a multitude after you. Do not believe them, Even though they speak smooth words to you.

Jeremiah 12:7) “I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.

Jeremiah 12:8) My heritage is to Me like a lion in the forest; It cries out against Me; Therefore I have hated it.

Jeremiah 12:9) My heritage is to Me like a speckled vulture; The vultures all around are against her. Come, assemble all the beasts of the field, Bring them to devour!

Jeremiah 12:10) “Many rulers have destroyed My vineyard, They have trodden My portion underfoot; They have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Jeremiah 12:11) They have made it desolate; Desolate, it mourns to Me; The whole land is made desolate, Because no one takes it to heart.

Jeremiah 12:12) The plunderers have come On all the desolate heights in the wilderness, For the sword of the LORD shall devour From one end of the land to the other end of the land; No flesh shall have peace.

Jeremiah 12:13) They have sown wheat but reaped thorns; They have put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

Jeremiah 12:14) Thus says the LORD: “Against all My evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit—behold, I will pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.

Jeremiah 12:15) “Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.

Jeremiah 12:16) “And it shall be, if they will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people.

Jeremiah 12:17) “But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.

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Wow… Now that’s what I call anger.  I mean I know God forgives me but he always let’s me fall a certain distance so I can see I messed up.  But what about those who refuse to see that they’re making God mad.  I know you’re saying ‘but I don’t serve false gods.  So I’m really not that bad.’ What about the false god of television… most people think that false gods are a thing of the old testament…

WRONG!!!

False gods are anything that take your mind away from the true God.  ‘But God is always supposed to forgive me right?’ Yes and No.  He forgives us when we sin and actively repent for it and turn away from it… you may fall again but he will forgive you again… but if you do something and refuse to repent and give it up he will give us over to our sins.  He did it all through the Old Testament.

Something else this scripture talked about was dealing falsely with people. This means people who hug you with one arm and stab you in the back with the other of course but it talks about family… so do you bad mouth your family?  And who to?  Because doing this isn’t helping God or your walk with Him.  So while there is nothing with airing your opinions make sure it does not cross the line into gossip because that helps no one and harms everyone.  It hurts the reputation of the victim and yourself… but it also turns you into a liar.

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