July 4, 2013

Today you should read: Jeremiah 3

Today you should read: Jeremiah 3

Have you ever walked right into the middle of a conversation and had no idea what the people were talking about but it sounded bad? The book of Jeremiah can feel that way at times  if you are unsure of the context.

Jeremiah was written during the age of King Josiah in Judah through the fall of Jerusalem (2 Kings 22-25). During this time both Judah and Israel had turned their backs on God to the worship of Idols. There are a few things that we can learn about God’s heart from this passage:

1. God hates the worship of other God’s (v.1-9). He compares it to adultery between a husband and a wife. God desires an intimate relationship with his people. When we create idols in the place of God it is as bad as a husband committing adultery against his wife. It breaks the heart of God and kindles his wrath.

2. God finds halfhearted worship worse than complete rebellion (10). Judah made some attempt at repenting under the rule of King Josiah. His heart for the Lord  is even described in 2 Kings 23;  yet, Josiah seemed to be alone. After he was killed, Judah returned to her idol worshipping ways. Also, by verse 10 we can see that Judah’s heart was not fully for the Lord. God is not interested in our religion or our appearance of righteousness, he judges  our hearts.

3. God offers salvation through repentance (12-25). God calls Israel back and foreshadows of her restoration to come. God promises to raise up good shepherds to watch over his people and to lead them in righteousness. The only price tag was to repent. God is a loving and merciful God and he always offers salvation through the judgment of our sin.

Today we have the New Covenant, beyond what those who lived in Israel had in the day of Jeremiah. However, salvation is the Lord’s in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. In the Old Testament they would need to offer the sacrifice according to the law. Our sacrifice has already been made through Jesus. All we have to do today is to believe the Good News of the Gospel: Jesus came and lived as a perfect man and  willingly laid down his life to take the wrath of God on our behalf and then defeat death by rising three days later. Freedom comes when you and I confess our sin, admit it for what it is, and put on the righteousness of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:1-5

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

3 thoughts on “July 4, 2013”

  1. Keep a jealous watch over your repentance. Keep it up, and let not the fire burn low. Whenever you find a slackness coming over your soul—whenever you feel slow, dull, heavy, cold, and careless about little sins—look to your own heart then, and take heed lest you fall. – J. C. Ryle

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