• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 13, 2021

Daily Reading: Jeremiah 4-6

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

History relates the answer to the question in this verse. In the end they were carried away as captives to Babylon, all because, while they had a form of ritualism (offerings, sacrifices, burning of incense, etc.) their heart was far from Him. No matter how He invited them to return they would not. In chapter 4:1 the Lord gave this invitation: If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. Yet, they did not. So, they were removed. For seventy years they languished in captivity because of their rebellion.

The prophets were no help, they prophesied falsely, the priests were no help, they turned to their own means of leadership rather than God’s means, and in all this - the people loved to have it so. It is like they heaped to themselves teachers having itching ears, as we are told by Paul’s second letter to Timothy that this will come to pass at the end of times.

Many falsely believe that it is the leaders of lands that cause the issues the lands face. But in God’s economy, it is the citizenry every bit as much as the rulers. In fact, the Lord challenged Israel to “find a man” that executes judgment and seeks truth. If such a man could be found, the Lord would pardon (5:1). Evidently no man could be found.

From the greatest to the least the nation turned against God’s ways. Jeremiah 5:25 testifies of this truth. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have witholden good things from you. Notice the words your, your, and you. Not the king, or the priests, or the prophets only, but the people. They turned away from the Law of God, and the God of the Law. Therefore, He could not continue to bless them as in time past. It was a new day, a day of reckoning. Oh, if they only would have listened.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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