Hear God ’s Message, House of Jacob! Yes, you—House of Israel! God ’s Message: “What did your ancestors find fault with in me that they drifted so far from me, Took up with Sir Windbag and turned into windbags themselves?
It never occurred to them to say, ‘Where’s God , the God who got us out of Egypt, Who took care of us through thick and thin, those rough-and-tumble wilderness years of parched deserts and death valleys, A land that no one who enters comes out of, a cruel, inhospitable land?’
“I brought you to a garden land where you could eat lush fruit. But you barged in and polluted my land, trashed and defiled my dear land.
The priests never thought to ask, ‘Where’s God ?’ The religion experts knew nothing of me.
The rulers defied me. The prophets preached god Baal And chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
“Because of all this, I’m bringing charges against you” — God ’s Decree— “charging you and your children and your grandchildren. Look around. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? Sail to the western islands and look. Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look. Look closely. Has this ever happened before, That a nation has traded in its gods for gods that aren’t even close to gods? But my people have traded my Glory for empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
“Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see! Throw up your hands in disbelief—this can’t be!” God ’s Decree.
“My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns— cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.
“Isn’t Israel a valued servant, born into a family with place and position?
So how did she end up a piece of meat fought over by snarling and roaring lions?
There’s nothing left of her but a few old bones, her towns trashed and deserted.
Egyptians from the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken your skulls.
And why do you think all this has happened? Isn’t it because you walked out on your God just as he was beginning to lead you in the right way?
“And now, what do you think you’ll get by going off to Egypt? Maybe a cool drink of Nile River water? Or what do you think you’ll get by going off to Assyria? Maybe a long drink of Euphrates River water?
Your evil ways will get you a sound thrashing, that’s what you’ll get.
You’ll pay dearly for your disloyal ways. Take a long, hard look at what you’ve done and its bitter results.
Was it worth it to have walked out on your God?” God ’s Decree, Master God -of-the-Angel-Armies.
Jeremiah 2:4-19 MSG
This Scripture troubles me because I see too many people who claim faith in God but don’t live with the presence of His Spirit inside of them, with full reign.
The above Scripture is addressed to the same people that are addressed in ISAIAH 41:10, which people are quick to claim and quote,
The question is, “is HE truly our God”, with a capital “G” ?
I think many Americans want God to bless America but they pledge no real alliance to Him. Rather America, bless God. If we stand with and for Him, get on His side, then HE is on our side. For us not against us, just as He was for His people who would hold on and acknowledge Him.
“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:8-10 MSG
Jeremiah address God’s people.
May we decide if we are to be His also.
In Christ, Beetle