Saturday, June 13, 2020

I Will Bring Them Again

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

God’s covenant with Abram was dedicated to a time far off into the future. His off-spring would be a blessing to all mankind, but at the time of the covenant-promise, Abram had not one single child! The prophecy was for his heritage and legacy! (Genesis 12:1-3 / 15:1-5 & Hebrews 11:4-14)

God does not want us to be ignorant, so He informs us of what He has in mind for the future… OUR future. He tells us in His Word; He tells us by the Holy Spirit; He reveals things to us through the lips of others. God does not want us to be uninformed, for even today’s Media gives us an idea of what the future is likely to be! (Scary stuff!)
BUT! God does not want us so focused on today that we lose sight of His promises! God knows that His children will suffer in this world!

Jeremiah was waiting for his country to be taken over by Chaldeans, people with a different ideology. Are we not watching something similar in our own country today? And if, as the Jews endured Babylon, it happens to us, will we keep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? 

God cares not what kind of a human government we live under. He cares that we remain faithful to Him, and loving towards our fellow man. Can we keep faith in spite of recent events in Wuhan, China? Do the events in Minneapolis and other cities around the world make you want to scream and pull out your hair? 

GOOD! For now you have real reason to put your faith in Jesus Christ! Mankind will always let us down. We will always fall short of God’s righteousness. (Psalm 118:8,9)

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” - Psalm 27:13,14

Today's Audio Message: "I Will Bring Them Again"

The state of where we are now in our nation, and around the world, are the very things that Jeremiah has been dealing with and what we will address in this chapter.

As we read about the world situations; domestic chaos in our own country; the unrest, division, and general spirit of divisiveness. We are witnessing every man doing what is pleasing and right IN HIS OWN EYES (Judges 17:6). The height of self-centeredness is the height of entitlement, the 'me first' mindset.

The Jews did what was 'right' in their own eyes. They turned their backs on their God, and refused His ways. They fell into gross idolatry and committed gross abominations in the sight of the Lord. Not heading His call to repentance and return to Him, God sends His Judgement to correct them.

The Chaldeans are about to take over the city of Jerusalem, Judah, and the Tribe of Benjamin. Jeremiah is told to purchase the land sold by his cousin right in the heart of the siege, and is asking God what good the land is to him when the enemy is going to overtake it. God's answer discovers the purposes of his wrath against that generation of the Jews, and the purposes of his grace concerning future generations. It is sin, and nothing else, that ruins them. The restoration of Judah and Jerusalem is promised and though they are now brought to despair, God gives hope of mercy which he had in store for them for future generations.

Trials are certainly here, and more are heading our way, but let us remind ourselves this, "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:26)  Place your confidence in the Lord and His promises. Our inheritance will come as we place our trust in Him.

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