Weekly Worship Meditation

July 2017

The Crucibles of Life

Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, “Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” —Jeremiah 33:1-3  Where was Jeremiah when the Lord spoke these words to him.  In prison (v.1).  For what?  Not for...

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God Accomplishes His Purposes

“Then you shall say, ‘Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.’” Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.  —Jeremiah 51:64 Chapter fifty-one of Jeremiah is a long one.  It is the second to the last chapter of the book , and the last chapter of the prophecies (chapter fifty-two is historical narrative.)  And what is the topic of this long prophetic utterance?  The destruction...

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Resist Self-Righteousness

Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'"  And the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.  —Jeremiah 14:13-14  While being careful not to develop...

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Spiritual Pollution

“They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man’s, May he return to her again?’ Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me,” says the LORD. —Jeremiah 3:1 …“Return, backsliding Israel,” says the LORD; “I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry...

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Consequences of Sin

Now before him [Josiah] there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.   Nevertheless the LORD did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him. —2 Kings 23:25-26  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And...

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