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“We will not listen to you!” #1074

“As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble.” (Jeremiah 44:16–17, NKJV)

Can you image God’s people telling God’s prophet that they would not listen to him? That is exactly what this remnant of Judah said to Jeremiah. They did not love the word of God, but themselves. They interpreted their days of plenty to mean God was pleased with them; they were wrong. They said this even though their beloved city of Jerusalem had been ransacked by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar! Yet, still they clung to their idols in their self-willed defiance, even though God would bring further judgment upon them for their rebellion (Jer. 44:12). This sounds very familiar. There are still many who claim to have faith in God that behave this way. Refusing to listen to the word of Christ from His apostles does not bring divine blessings, but certain judgment (John 12:48). To have God’s approval and blessings, the sin of defiant self-will must be abandoned, and replaced with humble submission to the word of Christ (Matt. 7:21-23).

“See the word of the Lord” #891

31  O generation, see the word of the Lord! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, ‘We are lords; We will come no more to You’? 32  Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number. (Jeremiah 2:31–32, NKJV)

God repeatedly disciplined the nation of Israel for her transgressions against Him. Yet, with the immorality of idolatry, Israel continued to rebel against Jehovah. The people elevated themselves about the Lord in their own eyes. Israel acted as if she did not need God. It was utterly astounding to the Lord how Israel forgot Him time, after time, after time. A bride does not forget her wedding dress, yet God’s bride “played the harlot with many lovers” (Jer. 3:1). Still, God pleaded with Israel to repent and return to Him (Jer. 3:1). But, Israel would not. She said, “I am innocent,” and, “I have not sinned” (Jer. 2:35). Consequently, God punished Israel for her sins (Jer. 4:27). Here is our lesson as Christians: God will not overlook our sins, either. God said of Israel, “Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord. And shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?” (Jer. 5:9) We must get serious about sin and repent, for “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation” (Heb. 2:3)? Will you “see the word of the Lord?”