Read Jeremiah 11:1
Jeremiah's proclamation of God's Covenant; plot against Jeremiah; Jeremiah's complaint; ruined girdle (belt); filled bottles; famine
All Israelites were called to be holy and to serve the Lord, as He said to Moses: I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves (set yourselves apart to serve the Lord) and you shall be holy (Leviticus 11:44). And, in return, God promised to provide for all their needs Instead, once again the majority of the people had forsaken the Lord to worship idols. To illustrate their sin, the Lord directed Jeremiah to get . . . a linen girdle (sash-like belt), and put it upon your loins, and put it not in water (to wash it) (Jeremiah 13:1). Hebrew men wore tunics — long, loose, gown-like garments. To hold the tunic close to the body while working, they wore a sash-like belt around the waist called a "girdle." The girdle also represented the close relationship of the Israelites to Jehovah.
Jeremiah reports that, eventually, the Word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, Take the girdle . . . and . . . go to
Like the Israelites of old, some today are intent on satisfying self-interests with their talents, time, and tithes, rejecting their opportunities to use them in serving the Lord. Unfortunately, many will discover too late that they have forfeited their God-given opportunities.
The writer of Hebrews admonishes: Make straight paths for your feet . . Looking diligently lest . . . many be defiled. Lest there be any fornicator, or profane (godless) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat (food) sold his birthright. . . . See that you refuse not Him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven (Hebrews 12:13,15-16,25). I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20:12).
As the Hope of
11:15 wrought lewdness = done evil things; 11:23 visitation = judgment; 12:2 reins = heart; 13:22 skirts discovered . . . heels made bare = fine clothes torn off as you are driven into exile, barefoot (comp. Nahum 3:5).
Pray for Staff: Diana Hash · Government Officials: Sen. Norm Coleman (MN) and Rep. David Price (NC) · Country: Laos (5 million) in Southeast Asia · Major languages: Lao and French · Great suppression of all Christian activities · 58% Buddhist; 33% belief in spirits and ancestor worship; 2% Christian; 1% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray with unwavering faith so that your prayers may be answered (James 1:5-7).
Memory Verse for the Week: II Thessalonians 1:9