Sunday, March 5
Wow. There was some heavy material just in these two chapters. I think it’s pretty safe to say that God is not messing around with this stuff… “Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. I will bring on you everlasting disgrace- everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.” (Jeremiah 23:39-40 NIV) I mean, at one point He even came at your mother! (Jeremiah 22:26 NIV)
Obviously these commands that He mentions in 22:4 are incredibly important. This is that point where your brain should be flashing red lights to remind you to pay attention!
In chapter 23 there is a big emphasis on false prophets and the trouble they are getting themselves into. The thing that struck me here is that the prophets getting lectured aren’t only the ones that prophesied Baal, but also the ones who simply didn’t tell someone that they were doing wrong. It makes sense to me that someone who is worshiping idols would be in trouble, but someone who was saying “You will have peace.” was a little harder to swallow. These prophets were in the doghouse because they were accepting and condoning sin… probably with the intention of not hurting anyone’s feelings! How often do we let “little” things slide like following their own heart versus God’s plan without us saying anything because we don’t want to come across as rude? I know I’ve done it! We try and twist God’s words like fire (vs. 29) into something that makes us and others feel good and comfortable… but one day that’s going to come back to bite us.
With all of these warnings and pretty intense messages it is easy to skip over one of my favorite parts of these passages, starting in 23:3 with “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.” I love this because it shows that no matter who or what tries to get in the way, God has a plan and it’s going to happen my friends! It doesn’t matter if we’ve been scattered across the world, the flock will eventually come home! He has a part for everyone in His grand plan, but if you don’t step up He will get it done either way. It’s up to you, but who wouldn’t want to take part in this?!?
Sarah Blanchard is a senior in high school from Pine Grove Bible Church in Minnesota. She recently got back from the Philippines with Moriah Railton where they were able to teach the book of Genesis to kids across the world! FUEL is something Sarah looks forward to every year, and she is excited to come back again in 2017!
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