Jeremiah 8 – 9

Jeremiah 8

When God’s correction comes, there will be sincere repentance;  all our idols of men will be cast down and desecrated and humanity will repudiate our idols of men who have turned us away from our God.

Jeremiah 8:1 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests [of false gods, who taught falsely], and the bones of the [false prophets] prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:

8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.

The correction shall be so severe that many will desire to die

8:3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

Christ asks; why do God’s people not repent and return to him, so that they may be spared his correction? 

8:4 Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

The Called Out brethren have turned away from living by every Word of God; they have been deceived into trusting and blindly obeying men who are false teachers.

8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle [migratory turtle  dove]  and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming [migrations]; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

 

We are become wise in our own conceits as Christ said:

Revelation 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while living according to their own imaginations instead of living by every Word of God. 

We pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God.  Our zeal is for our own ways and what we think, it is for our own past false traditions and our idols of men and not for what God says. We stand on false past traditions and proudly think that we know it all; refusing any spiritual growth we have become stagnant even falling backward in our spiritual condition. 

We are hot for our own false traditions, and for the teachings of our idols of men about the Word of God, and we are cold for zealously keeping the whole Word as God, as God has commanded us.  This mixture of hot for our idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Word of God; makes us lukewarm and revolting to Christ. 

We have become idolaters of men and the false traditions of men;  proud, thinking that we know it all spiritually and therefore we refuse knowledge from God or man; we reject the Word of God for our own ways and we reject any growth in truth and we refuse to turn from error, falling deeper and deeper into error and sin. 

Because these folks have rejected Christ to follow him above our idols of men, they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction].

Proud and self willed, we think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth, and reject the promised increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days (Dan 12). 

We reject any part of scripture that we do not want to follow, saying it is for others; or that it is not reliable and we are so proud that we have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor we really are. 

We are willfully blind to our own condition and to the things of God that disprove our own false ways;  We lack the garments of righteousness and are naked of righteousness before God,  our many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride, stubborn self will,  self justification and self approval.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:

Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; that they may become spiritually rich. 

They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins so that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the  white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God. 

We are commanded to anoint tour eyes and open them to see ourselves as God sees us, and to sincerely repent from our pride and false ways and to turn away from our idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are so that we can repent and be saved].

Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish.  They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to live by every Word of God, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal. 

Jesus Christ tells those of the Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude in the Ekklesia today;  to REPENT of our pride and self righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in our idols of men and false traditions. 

Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God! 

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Jesus Christ is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants us to open up to him, to reject idols and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize  the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ. 

We have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept us, if we would only open up our eyes and turn to Him! 

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.

Only those who overcome this Laodicean attitude of pride and self-centeredness will be resurrected to spirit.  Those who sincerely repent of the sins of Laodicea will be in the resurrection to eternal life and will have a place in the eternal government of God.

3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

We claim to be faithful to the Word of God, even as we reject it for our false traditions of men.

Jeremiah 8:8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain [because the Word is not kept]  .

There is no wisdom in those who turn from the Word of God to do what is right in their own eyes, as physical and spiritual Judah and Israel have done.  We have turned from truth to embrace shameful errors.

8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?

Just look at the men who lead the various groups, exalting themselves, or some dead man; instead of the Mighty One of Jacob; we have become an execration and a shameful disgrace before the Eternal God after who’s name we call ourselves.

8:10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

They teach that no harm shall come upon those who follow them, as they exalt themselves as equal to, or above, the whole Word of God.  “Just do what we say without question and your salvation is assured” these deceivers lie.

Brethren, we are commanded to prove all things by the whole Word of God and to reject anything contrary to the whole Word of God; holding fast ONLY to what is consistent with every Word of God. 

Deuteronomy 5:32 Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

We are to follow our HEAD, God the Father and Jesus Christ, and we are to follow men ONLY as they follow the Word of God. 

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

That is the paramount lesson that we are learning; that is the lesson that is essential to learn to be a part of the collective bride:  We must learn to follow our Head above ANY other! 

Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter [latter day descendants] of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia think themselves righteous and they claim to be godly, while at the same time they reject learning, and  living by every Word of God; they are self righteous and living by their false traditions and are not following the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

We shall surely be corrected if we do not sincerely repent

8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

In the great correction, many will indeed repent and mourn over their sins.

8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. 8:15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!

The warnings have gone out and the signs of approaching trouble are everywhere; repent quickly and turn to zeal to live by every Word of God.

8:16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.

Serpents are beasts who lie in wait to strike, and many men are like serpents who lie in wait to deceive.

Today there are many deceiving serpents of men, deceiving the brethren; in fact most of the COG leaders fall into this category of deceivers; seeking personal advantage and followings, instead of being men zealous to live by every Word of God.

8:17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah mourns for the wickedness and the correction which will befall physical and spiritual Jerusalem and Judah.

8:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

Why do the COG groups provoke our God to jealousy with our idols of men and false traditions?

8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter [latter day descendants of] of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Here “black” is a reference to darkness or depression of mind and spirit, to mourning and deep sorrow.

8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

Why do the latter day people of physical and spiritual Judah and Israel not repent?  Why does spiritual Israel of tday’as church of God groups not repent of their spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal espousal?

8:22 Is there no balm [spiritual healing, sincere repentance] in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the [spiritual] health of the daughter [latter day descendants of] of my people recovered?

 

Jeremiah 9

Jeremiah weeps for the suffering of spiritual and physical Judah and Israel.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter [descendants of] of my people!

Oh, that the treacherous against the Husband of their baptismal espousal who love their idols of men and organizations more than they love God: would sincerely repent and be saved. 

Jeremiah seeks a place of escape from the wicked.

9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

Jesus Christ says of the majority of his espoused bride in this latter day;  We are NOT valiant for the truth of the whole Word of God; instead we are hot and zealous for our own ways, and false traditions; and for the teachings and traditions of men and corporate idols. 

We love and obey the teachings of men, contrary to the teachings of the Word of God; we are spiritual adulterers, calling ourselves by the name of God, yet not knowing God because we are not zealous to learn and live by every Word of God.

9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for [launching] lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Trust NO ONE with your salvation, but trust in the Mighty Rock of our Salvation. 

Prove all things by the whole Word of God and hold fast to what is true and consistent with the whole Word of God; reject error and embrace the truth of God.

9:4 Take ye heed [be careful of our teachers and check their words by God’s Word, lest we be deceived away from our zeal for God] every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

The only way to expose the spiritual deceiver is to love and learn the sound doctrine of the Word of God.  

Sound doctrine IS divisive: It divides truth from error and the holy from the profane, dividing the wicked from the righteous; by revealing the truth of the whole Word of God and exposing the errors, lies and falsehoods of the wicked.

9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

Jesus Christ will correct the unrepentant wicked, who say that sound doctrine is of no importance, so that they can deceive people away from the Word of God.

9:7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them [correct them]; for how shall I do for the daughter [latter day descendants] of my people?

The wicked pay lip-service to the Word of God, telling the people that they are ministers of God in order to deceive the brethren to follow after themselves, and then they substitute their own false traditions and the imaginations of men in place of the true Word of God.

9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.

Severe correction is the lot of the unrepentant wicked who exalt themselves and the traditions of men above the Word of God.

9:9 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 9:10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.

Jerusalem the capital, the head of Judah, was brought to ruin by Nebuchadnezzar and later by Prince Titus; and shall be occupied again in this latter day; and spiritual Jerusalem, the people in whom the Spirit of God dwells;  who are lacking in zeal for their God, while turning to their own false ways, will also be cast into severe correction.  

9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons [jackals]; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

The wise [zealous for the every Word of God] will understand what is happening and why, because they seek to learn and live by every Word of God.

They have their eyes wide open and they see the difference between God’s Word and what is being taught by the deceivers. 

By being faithful to every Word of God, they have learned to discern between the spiritually clean and the unclean, between  good and evil, and between the Holy Word of God and the profane words of deceitful men.

9:12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare [teach why the people perish]  it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?

This is why Jesus Christ will reject the latter day called out and cast them into the furnace of affliction, because they have forsaken any zeal to live by every Word of God. They pollute the Sabbath and idolize men and false traditions which are contrary to the Word of God.  They do whatever they think is right and they do not live by every Word of God.

9:13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

Therefore the brethren who do not repent will be corrected: While the sincerely repentant  and the sincerely zealous to live by every Word of God, will be called out of these groups before the Assemblies are cast out into great tribulation.

9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 9:16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.

In the tribulation there will be a great mourning of sincere repentance by physical and apostate spiritual Israel.

9:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning [wailing] women, that they may come: 9:18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

When we are cast out by Christ and fall into great tribulation (Rev 3:16), when our fears have come upon us and our trust is found to be in lies; then we will mourn and repent in bitter weeping for all our sins.

9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out. 9:20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation. 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

There shall be a great dying in physical and spiritual Israel.  Many will die before the remainder repent, and many of the repentant of spiritual Israel will need to prove their sincerity, by taking a stand for the Word of God and giving up their lives for the Eternal.

9:22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.

Those who glory in themselves will find their glorying to be vanity and misery; for their pride will not save them.

9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Let all mankind glory in knowing the Eternal, and glory in the righteousness of every Word of God.

9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

All wicked men will be corrected; how much more shall spiritual Israel, who is supposed to have the Holy Spirit of the New Covenant, who is supposed to be following the Spirit of God the Father and Messiah the Christ, who is supposed to know better: How much more will they be corrected for their falling away from living by every Word of God?

9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

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