July 18, 2013

Today you should read: Jeremiah 11

In today’s passage we see more bad news for the people of Judah. God’s anger is focused on them because they have decided to worship other gods. The main god that is mentioned is Baal. So who is Baal?

Baal was the Canaanite fertility god. It was believed that Baal would help people to produce more children and produce more crops to grow. The worship rituals included sexual acts committed with sacred prostitutes. Basically, Baal offered wealth (crops), stability (children), legacy (children) and sexual lust. These are all the ways that the Bible warns us in 1 John 2:15 that the world has to offer:

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

The people of Judah had turned their backs on the true God of Israel who had rescued them from Egypt and placed them in the Promised Land in the first place (v. 1-5). Instead, they chose to worship Baal because he offered Judah the opportunity to satisfy their sinful hearts by building themselves up. The only reason wealth, status, sex, etc. are appealing is because the prideful sin of our hearts desires to be our own god. Yet what the world offers is hollow and the idols of our flesh are an exercise in futility.

Christ on the other hand faced these three basic temptations of the world and demonstrates to us how to battle through them.

The Lust of the Flesh:

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1

Pride of Life:

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 

‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Matthew 4:5-6

Lust of the Eyes:

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”

Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Matthew 4:7-11

We must respond to our prideful hearts by remembering the truth of the Word of God like Jesus did. We only have two choices: God is Lord and we serve and glorify him or we follow the world and become enemies of God.

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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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.

One thought on “July 18, 2013”

  1. Great post Chad! The enemy has a way of deceiving us and before we know it, we are worshipping things other than our worthy God! I am reminded by this scripture that abundance of life in Him is only found through spending time in His word, being connected to him daily, obeying and being yielded to his will!

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