Friday, August 08, 2008

Rejected Silver

August 8: Jeremiah 4-6

22 “For my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not.”
Jeremiah 4:22

1 Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
look and take note!
Search her squares to see
if you can find a man,
one who does justice
and seeks truth,
that I may pardon her.
2 Though they say, “As the Lord lives,”
yet they swear falsely.
3 O Lord, do not your eyes look for truth?
You have struck them down,
but they felt no anguish;
you have consumed them,
but they refused to take correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
they have refused to repent.

4 Then I said, “These are only the poor;
they have no sense;
for they do not know the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God.
5 I will go to the great
and will speak to them,
for they know the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God.”
But they all alike had broken the yoke;
they had burst the bonds.
Jeremiah 5:1-5

16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

30 Rejected silver they are called,
for the Lord has rejected them.”
Jeremiah 6:16 & 30

Rejected Silver

The words of Jeremiah 6:30 are chilling words, Rejected silver they are called, for the Lord has rejected them. These words were not directed to the nations surrounding Israel; these words were directed to the Jewish nation.

Though they say, “As the Lord lives,” yet they swear falsely.

Oh how we love the grace and long suffering nature of God, but how quickly we are prone to criticize when judgment comes, especially if that judgment is directed toward those we deem to be servants of God. We love the carrot, but not the stick, but how effective is the carrot without the stick?

Is God unjust? No, God is pure and holy; He cannot tolerate sin. God showed grace to this nation for hundreds of years, continually bringing judgment upon them and calling them back to Him. And, for hundreds of years they would fall away and then return to God. But, finally the time came when they refused to return to Him.

They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.

Look at poor Jeremiah in chapter 5; he tried so hard to find some righteous people.

4 Then I said, “These are only the poor;
they have no sense;
for they do not know the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God.
5 I will go to the great
and will speak to them,
for they know the way of the Lord,
the justice of their God.”
But they all alike had broken the yoke;
they had burst the bonds
.


It is not a money issue! It is not true that the rich are righteous and the poor are ungodly. Yet, how often do we deem the rich and successful, especially in our churches, to be wise and Godly. There are many rich who are Godly, but there are also many poor who are Godly.

For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b

Pray that God will keep you faithful--that He will keep you from running after the things of the world instead of faithfully following and keeping His Word, so that God will not include you in these words:

Rejected silver they are called,
for the Lord has rejected them
.


God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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