Jeremiah Chapter 44

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Jeremiah 44

1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,

Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.

Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.

Therefore now thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;

In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:

14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.

15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lordremember them, and came it not into his mind?

22 So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.

23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.

24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of theLord, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:

25 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

26 Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God liveth.

27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their’s.

29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

30 Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

34 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 44

  1. Blessed is the prophet(man) that comes in the name of the Lord…….MATTHEW
    In this chapter God talks about what people are doing. Not obeying God. Theres a scripture that we have to listen to, me especially, obey the law, statues and testamonies that the Lord tells us thats everything from the smallest to the greatest why because Hes God and thats good for me. Further the kingdom of heaven to bridle our tongue. I love the Word of God. Without it I would be a “real mess”.
    Thank u Jesus for the man pf God to speak to me to correct me. I wish I knew of a man of God a long time ago. But Halleluia! I have a sword and a word to keep me in line with God.
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  2. 10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

    11 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

    Lord, iPray that I never ignore Your out-stretched hand of mercy. I never want to reach the place that You set Your face against me instead of helping me. I want to heed the words of Your men that You send to me to keep me from Egypt. Thank You for Your mercy and grace; may I never push them past their limits, but always grow closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen!

  3. It is so disheartening to see the continued disobedience and rebellion of the people. Verse 7 CEV says “Why do you now insist on heading for another disaster?” Verse 10 CEV “Even now, your pride keeps you from respecting me and obeying the laws and teachings I gave you and your ancestors.” Proverbs 16:5 AMP tells us how the Lord feels about pride, “Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 17:19 CEV says “The wicked and the proud love trouble and keep begging to be hurt.” Sometimes we think that maybe we are not being so blatantly rebellious or disobedient; but, when we can’t accept correction or direction from the leader that God has placed in our lives, guess what???….you just did. Proverbs 17:10 CEV”A sensible person accepts correction, but you can’t beat sense into a fool.”

  4. 10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
    Lord, thank you for your mercy and grace I pray that we grow closer to you and not far back from you lord I thank you for all the good you’ve done in our lifes and the good to come !!!TYJ!!
    LORD YOU ARE THE GREAT IAM

  5. LISTEN

    Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee. (Jeremiah 44:15, 16 KJV)

    They decide quickly that they didn’t want to listen. That brings them DEATH! The same thing happens today. Pastor tells us something and if its, “oh I’m just going to do this and it doesn’t matter because I have been fine every other time I did it.” It brings you DEATH!

    Jesus came tgat we might have LIFE! We should LIVE and not DIE! Listen to Pastors and the elders. Pray to seek God’s will. Your answers should be the SAME!

    John 10:10 (KJV)
    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

  6. When we are deliberately being disobedient and involved in any type of idolatry.. Giving more of our time, love, and money to things that are not God. We get separated from full hearted praise and worship. Disobedience could be the end of us, the death of us. Lord have mercy, thank you God for your forgiveness, grace and mercy. We don’t deserve it Lord but you love us the same, thank you Jesus

  7. Vs.22-23, “So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
    Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.”

    Because the people did not obey the Lord or the man of God, nor keep the Lord’s laws, statutes or testimonies, their land was desolate, an astonishement, and a curse.

    2 scripture passages came to my mind as I read the above scriptures in Jeremiah.
    Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    Heb 2:1-3, “THEREFORE we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
    For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
    How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”

    If we want to be disobedient to the Lord and to the words the man of God speaks into our lives, if we neglect this salvation Jesus has given to us, then there is no escape, we shall surely die.

    Heed to the word of the Lord, Listen, Hold on to the things the man of God is speaking to you, they are from the Lord. Keep and Obey God’s commandments, and you shall live.

  8. The arrogance of Disobedience

    16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.
    17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

    As a mother, if my child were to answer like this I will leave her with no teeth. This is the result of people that are always yearning for years past and not for what they have in the present. People who are always saying I remember when we used to… The thing is that when you are remembering the past for some reason your mind tends or prefer to remember the good and leaves out the bad. There are people that don’t serve the Lord and they think well look at all I got I made it myself, never needed God; but they have no true JOY, they live empty lives full of material things but no one true love and joy. That is why there is so much suicides, drugs, and alcohol abuse within those wealthy non believers.
    Judah means Praise, so next time you are singing a worldly song is like burning incense to a worldly god. Our Praises should only belong to HIM.

  9. 30 Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

    As I was reading this another story came to mind. The story of Jonah.
    When we don’t do right ,and we run to the world. What happens? Everyone around you will pay for your sin including you. When the your Judah is taken ,the world becomes captive to itself. This is just another reason why praise is so important to the world.

  10. I find it interesting in this chapter that Jeremiah calls out the women in several verses.

    15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

    16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

    The role of a Godly women in the home is so important. She is to be the Godly mother that sets the tone, keep balance and order. If she is serving other gods, so will her children. People expect the Church to discipline their children, and make everything right. The Church is the people, and what the people do at home, is what the people will do at church. It starts at home. Teach your children how to live for God at home. Be the proper example by leading them in the ways of Christ. Don’t wait until they get to church to hear it, live it in front of them. Show them they way. As parents we can’t live haphazardly and expect our children to live wholeheartedly for the kingdom. There are choices we have to make in our homes because we see the adverse effect on our children. If it is a distraction to their spiritual well being, then we need to take responsibility to remove it from their lives. We are ultimately responsible for what we allow in our homes. Training is never easy, but if we want them to remain strong in the spiritual battle, we must be willing to make the sacrifices necessary spiritually for them to be prepared.

    The result of the disobedience in this chapter brought death. We can’t afford for our disobedience to bring spiritual death to our families.

  11. The Harbinger

    Jeremiah 44:16-18 AMP
    As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to or obey you.
    But we will certainly perform every word of the vows we have made:to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to 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 and were well off and prosperous and saw no evil.
    But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.

    “The Harbinger is a 2012 best‑selling Christian novel by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew. It suggests that the 9/11 terrorism attack was a divine warning to the United States” WND

    A harbinger is a thing or person that foretells another is coming. It’s like a warning to be prepared. Though the details of this book should be carefully compared with scripture is reveals that God always extends mercy before judgment.

    Judah refused to repent and blatantly disobeyed the word, and the prophet of God even after he was proven right by their present situation. Yet they would not turn back to God.

    In the most blasphemous act they returned to their former place of bondage, and chose to worship who they called the “queen of heaven.” Yet this was none other than the devil.

    Now the principal demands that judgement come to Judah for their actions.

    Jeremiah stayed true, and acted as their harbinger. As our nation reeled in light of the previous weeks the church remained steady and sure. The Lord provided every day, and remained true to his word.

    We are the voice God is using in this last day to proclaim loudly his will. He is coming, and they don’t have to be lost for eternity. I pray the church universal begin to rise as prophesied, and Holy Ghost fire consume the other!

  12. The Deception of Disobedience

    16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

    17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

    The carnal mind as we learned last night can only see the natural side of life and the effects that it has on our present. Many people live their lives like the negative, disobedient, faithless people of Israel, looking only to the natural side of life to make decisions. We well know that GOD is much bigger than our natural life expectancy.

    I witness decisions made on a weekly basis based on the carnal or natural side of life. People that constantly reject the WORD of the LORD and the HAND of the LORD, only to maintain hold on the worldly, earthly possessions that are deceptively presented. “Only what we do for Christ will last” is a song that was very popular when I was first “Born Again” and this song assisted me numerous times in making life decisions.

    Disobedience appears to the carnal mind to be an exit from the control of something else, which is true to a sense. We need to be disobedient to the lies of the devil and the ploys of satan and his deceitful ways.

    In this chapter we witness the vile rebellion of the children of Israel, the same ones that GOD has done so many miracles for in the wilderness. The same ones that had heard the testimonies and judgements alike. There blatant, arrogant rebellion is horrific and saddening as an onlooker. However as I further prayed and meditated on this passage the LORD revealed to me that it happens frequently in our generation. Every time HIS WORD is taught or preached and we reject what HE says in the eternal scriptures.

    The end result remains death and destruction for disobedience.

    Disobedience identifies the lack of FAITH in GOD. We either TRUST in GOD or circumstance.

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  13. 16 “We will not listen to your messages from the Lord! 17 We will do whatever we want.

    The typical answer an unbeliever gives. They dont want a preacher, telling them what is wrong or what to do. If they only knew and understood a pastor is a Man of God, annointed with Gods Word. But their pride keeps them from following God, and listening to the Man of God. Thank you God, for putting Pastor Watts in all of our lives!

  14. And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the Lord,

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    that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

    The price of rebellion…
    These people brought judgment upon themselves because they would not obey the simple command of the Lord not to worship idols. Now as a result they brought judgment upon themselves. We should listen and obey the word of God and the man of God to protect ourselves from judgment in our lives

  15. 3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.

    4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

    5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

    PROVOKING GOD

    Why would anyone want to provoke God to anger?
    You can have no gods before me!! God is a jealous God and expects us to worship him and him only.Then he sent his prophets to remind them of this and they would not hear.

    We should obey his word without being warned, but when we totally ignore God’s man, that is like asking for trouble.

    It is really like saying God I dare you to do something and believe me he will.

    Let’s not PROVOKE GOD TO ANGER. Let’s provoke him to love!!!!

  16. V 13

    God will punish those who choose to live in the world. The world passes away as so does the lust thereof. But God remains forever. What is the world? The world is a collective society of carnality. It is the flesh. It is the body of sin and Satan is its head. We speak of the body of Christ but rarely speak about the body of Satan. Hue body of this world.

    It is a very disturbing fact that we would associate and cling to that. Then end is destruction. Egypt is a type of the world and those who choose to dwell in its wickedness will face Gods punishment.

  17. Sin will bring you down. It will consume you and kill you spiritually. Don’t let sin get in the way of you and your relationship with God. That is one bond that should never be broken.

  18. God must be first in our lives. He is a jealous God and doesn’t like when we put the things of this world before Him. Obey God and keep Him first in your life.

  19. 15 Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present—a large assembly—and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah, NIV

    Husbands do you know what your wife is doing? Do you know what your wife if bringing into the home? I’m not saying that the husband has to be controlling but according to the bible we as women are to be submissive to our husbands. We as women determine what kind of day our family is going to have if we get up and start fighting and not have a kind word what kind of day do we think we are setting for our family? I try to practice daily get up with a good attitude and make sure my family has a good day and if they come home from work/school that the house is set in a warm inviting setting for them. God help us women to be the wife/mom/sister/aunt/saint/etc that God wants us to be.

  20. 26 Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God liveth.

    They sealed their fate by saying that they would do whatever they wanted and now God tells them you will never speak my name again. In the demise headed their way they will not call on the Lord their God. They’ve utterly rejected him & are also utterly rejected. What a horrible place to be in when you need God the most! Help me Lord to always hear & obey.

  21. This chapter illustrates stubbornness. They were determined not to heed what God (Jesus) had told Jeremiah. One would be wise to seek the truth, before letting stubbornness rule; “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  22. Sin has no mercy. When somebody messes with sin there is no going back. It will take you farther than you want to go and make it very hard to get out of. But thank The Lord He is there to pull us out! Hallelujah He is always there with open arms!!

  23. Michael-

    Listen to Jesus. Don’t act like the people of Juda or God just might punish you too. That’s why God gave you a choice.., if you want to be bad it’s your choice but you can’t be in his hands but if you be good he will keep you in his hands. This story really teaches you a lesson.

    Jessie-

    Thick headed, strong willed, arrogant people are the exact opposite of the example of Jesus Christ.

  24. It’s tough to see the Lord this angry, but he presented something here. It’s an affirmation or challenge sort a speak in regards to proove his word. If it stands…and we all know his word will always stand and it will accomplish for what he sent it. Sharper than any two edged sword…….in Jesus name, Amen. Who is the Word made flesh.,……

    “Be blessed”………

  25. 28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their’s.

    The Lord always has a remnant. There will be those that refuse to heed the word of God. But rest assured will always have a people that will serve him.

    Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. -1 Kings 19:18

  26. iLove to eat the Word

    7 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

    This is still the thought of some today, “When I was living for the devil I didn’t have that many problems.”

    Thats where they’re wrong, Hell is real and that is a problem!

  27. “This is what the Lord says—the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord : (Jeremiah 33:2 NLT)

  28. 16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

    17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

    18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

    The wicked rebellious cycle of death…
    It’s almost as if the went back again to the wilderness when the were coming out of Egypt. It appears that they complained with the same things because they continue to disobey and not trust the Lord. Didn’t they say let us go back to Egypt at least we had food there.. Wow.. Now however they are arrogantly and bodly proclaiming their rebellion provoquing God to anger. Makes you wonder, since there no respect or reverence fear, where is their fear period? It is the same God that opened to earth to have the wicked people swallowed by it. Here is a verse that really caught my attention:
    26 Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God liveth.

    Totally rejected by God that he says don’t even mention my name.

    Some how this scripture comes to mind:

    Romans 1:28-32 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

  29. The Problem With Experience

    15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

    16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.

    17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

    We can imagine our lives like a blank canvas, and every experience like a new brushstroke upon it. Of the years it becomes quite a display. Good times, bad times, and all the others in between cover the landscape of our lives. The problem is when we try to interpret what is written by experience as more truth than the Word of God. Some people are addicted to consulting experiences like horoscopes, abiding in fearful superstition because of what they think is being described to them.

    Proverbs 3:3-8
    3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

    2 Corinthians 10:4-5
    4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

    Experiences must bow to the truth of God as we lean not to our own understanding and take on the mind of Christ. Casting down the carnal mind, we can look past the natural to see situations as God sees them. We can’t expect to walk in the Spirit if we’re bound by circumstances in the natural. Getting loose from experiences frees us to operate as God calls us to.

    Romans 8:3-8
    3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

  30. 9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

    Progressiveness

    Here we can see the order of progressiveness, and it doen’t start with the kings, but with men. Men influence leaders, who influence their families, which influence you (younger men), who into influence thier families.

    Many decisions wheather good or bad are not only thought of, but also expressed by a few, to gain the attention of authority , and cause those being led to follow suit….

    Where are you leading? Who are you influencing???

  31. 27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

    I will indeed see to it that disaster, not prosperity, happens to them. All the people of Judah who are in the land of Egypt will die in war or from starvation until not one of them is left. -Jeremiah 44:27

    Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; -Deuteronomy 11:16

    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. -Galatians 6:7

  32. Pagan Prosperity

    The complaints of the remnant sound just like the complaints of the their ancestors who fled Egypt under Moses’ leadership in Ex 14: 11-12; 16:3. “In the old days, we had prosperity and plenty of food. What are you doing, God? Leave us alone!” The people again blame God for the death and famine they experience. They reason that worshiping their own gods will secure their well-being. To them, the spiritual reforms of their last righteous king Josiah led to their ruin- for radicating Judah of pagan worship in high places, poles etc. The people blow pagan incense in God’s face and refuse to repent. Their fate was already sealed the moment they walked on Egyptian soil. I believe they forced Jeremiah and Baruch into Egypt, because they wanted insurance. Surely, God wouldn’t strike down the man of God for disobeying God unwillingly, maybe God will spare us if we take them along. Moses interceeded for Israel when God was ready to unleash a death wrath of punishment, for similar sins. Jeremiah has already interceeded, and sook God for them, like their ancestors, this remnant is too stiff-necked to listen. It’s a mistake to associate prosperity and comfort with righteousness. Judah thinks following God’s ways should garauntee material security. But God sees through their feeble attempts to honor Him. While God often prospers the righteous, walking with God does not safegaurd us from troubling times. When hard times knock, “The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect [us]” 2 Th 3:3.

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