Oh, today’s chapter of GOING DEEPER INTO GOD'S WORD in Jeremiah 11 is a hard and dire warning to those out there who are not connected to the Source of Truth and Salvation. I know this is Old Testament, and the warning was to God’s people living in Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. Sadly there are people I love who might miss the point when they hear this chapter or read the words and have the thought, “What’s in Jeremiah 11 does not apply to my life because...” And they list, it’s in the Old Testament, and Jesus resurrection did away with the Law. Sadly there are friendly, well-meaning, popular teachers and leaders who ignore everything in God’s Word before the book of Matthew. What we explored in this chapter matters TODAY ... as each day goes by, we are one day closer to Jesus’ return. The thought of Jesus’ return fills me with extreme joy, even in the hard moments where bad stuff happens to good people, as many have discovered during the current pandemic. When Jesus hung on that cursed cross, shedding His blood as a sacrifice once for all, all who professed Jesus is Lord became in that moment part of the collective God’s people. Therefore the entirety of what we read in the Bible becomes very relevant to us. PERIOD. Any person who preaches or teaches that the OT is dead and does not matter to us today IS a liar and leading people to eternal doom. And yes, this is a warning given to men in Jeremiah’s day because the men were SUPPOSED to go home and make sure every person in their household also was thinking the right thing and acting accordingly. It was the men’s’ responsibility to lead their entire house (family and servants) in righteousness. A day is coming when we all will stand before the Lord and be judged. My heart does quake with anxious questions about those who believed the lie of “pray this prayer” and you will get into Heaven. Salvation is a daily experience. This means daily being broken before the Lord when we fall flat on our faces. It is accepting the grace and forgives that Father God extends to us because we are under the blood of Jesus. It is a daily examination of our lives and making changes … those small course corrections where we see ourselves continually tripping, realizing our inability to fix ourselves, and turning to the LORD to ask for Him to show us how to walk differently. It is being connected to and listening to the Holy Spirit moment by moment.
Verse 11 is a startling revelation:
"Therefore, thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them. " Jeremiah 11:11
I cannot even imagine a time when I would cry out to the Lord for help, and there would be a busy signal or worse: “This number is no longer in service.” Should we be concerned that this might be our fate?? Probably not for those who are living each day striving to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling by living in obedience to the Lord and His Living Word (Philippians 2:12)
So the question for today each of us can consider is this:
“If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Perhaps this is not something you have ever considered. If you are not sure and would like to do a self check-up, this article “Could a Jury Convict You of Being a Christian?” may help you work it out.