Bible Pathways - August 16, 2005
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Read Jeremiah 7:1
Plea for repentance; punishment for
All adult men who were physically able were required by the Law to attend three major feasts annually in
The people considered Jeremiah's preaching far too narrow-minded, so they would not tolerate this prophet of God. They had already declared: We are wise, and the Law of the LORD is with us (8:8). The physical presence of the Law (Scriptures) and the
Then, as now, people foolishly assume that each person should have the freedom to worship whomever or whatever he chooses according to his own conscience; but this delusion is the result of not knowing the Word of God (see Romans 3:23; 5:12). Jesus exposed it when He declared: I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me (John 14:6). Some today call themselves Christians but continue in secret sins and have unsubmitted hearts. Jesus cuts through the facade of those who say they are Christians while still living sinful lives: Why call you Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46). He also reminds us: If you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed; And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free (John 8:31). He further declared: Not every one that says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of My Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).
As the One who demanded a cleansed
7:15 whole seed of Ephraim = all the people of the northern kingdom; 7:33 fray them away = frighten them away; 9:7 melt them, and try them = refine them by testing with affliction; 10:22 noise of the bruit = sound of a rumor.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 1:9