Today you should read: Jeremiah 17:1-18
When describing the extent of Judah’s sin, we see how both Judah chose their sin while they also inherited it which is what we know as original sin. The concept of original sin is even further explained in verse 9 in what is one of the most popular passages Christians use to show how we are born with sin and shouldn’t trust our own hearts. Sorry Disney but that whole “Follow Your Heart” philosophy you try to sell is a bunch of heresy. Our depravity is on full display as we see how their children followed in the footsteps of their idolatry and how God’s wrath would come upon them for their evil.
We also hear how the Lord specifically tells them why they are cursed (their pride and trust in men before the Lord) and consequences from it (lack of fruit/growth) while the man who trusts in the Lord alone is blessed and bears much fruit. After some further consequences for such sins, we see Jeremiah cry out to the Lord for deliverance and redemption. He asks the Lord to be there for him just as he stayed with the sheep of Judah as their shepherd in the midst of their sin and persecution. He knew that their judgment would still be coming but he still faithful in teaching them the word of the Lord.
May we remember some of these important themes in Scripture for today. That we do live in a fallen world where everyone is driven by sinful, depraved hearts without Jesus. But we are to faithful to where God sends us and teaching people God’s word and sharing the Gospel. God is our deliverer and that truth helps us endure in persecution.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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