Jeremiah 23-25, Psalm 19
My son and I share dinner once a week. My son now loves Christ and is walking strongly in Him. But this was not the case after college, when he was living a life apart from God and he had never before given his heart to God. About 5 -6 years ago, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to be direct with my son over dinner. I remember quoting to him the verse in Revelation 21:4, where God would wipe every tear from the eyes of those in the new heaven and new earth. I then told him I didn’t know exactly how this happens because if he (my son) were to die tomorrow, I would never see him again, since he had never given his heart to Christ. Not only this, I explained to him that it would obviously not trouble me in heaven since there would be no more tears. I explained maybe my heart would change and that’s why I wouldn’t grieve or maybe like Jesus said in Matthew 7:23, I would have no memory of him. The message jarred him and he agreed to Bible study with me (over the phone for he lives in Manhatten). We continue to do so now 4-5 mornings a week. It took about 1 year of this before my son gave his heart to Christ. Through the Word, item by item he dropped the items from his former life and replaced them with those of a God centered life.
We have to ask ourselves, do we approach the Word of God with fear and trembling, or do we put in our time. Do we trust that the Word of God will come true exactly as He says it will, or do we continue in life like nothing will ever change. Throughout the book of Jeremiah, he prophesies the truth of the devastation that was to come and he was ignored. He couldn’t be any more direct when he says in Jer.24:10, “And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.” Though judgment was coming, the Lord through Jeremiah offered an alternative, though an unpopular choice, of giving themselves up with the promise by God that the people would return to the land (Jer.24:4-7). We read an amazing prophesy in Jer.25:11, “And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” This is what sets our Book apart from every other book from every other religion. Our Bible is full of specific prophecy which has been fulfilled. In Daniel 9:2, Daniel doesn’t wonder but approaches the prophecy with expectation, “in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” (We read of the fulfillment of this prophesy in 2 Chronicles 36:20-23).
We read an amazing prophecy in Jeremiah 23:5-6, stating that the coming Branch, or Messiah, would indeed be God or Jehovah Tsidkenu, which means “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”. We understand that our Messiah, Jesus Christ, was indeed God in the flesh, but the Jewish people reject this and falsely claim that we worship more than one God. Along with this passage, Isaiah 9:6 also describes that the Child who was born, the future Messiah would have the name of “Mighty God”. Interestingly, their own commentaries in the Targum, Talmud and Midrash all claimed that these verses referred to the future Messiah. This view, that these verses were indeed Messianic in nature, was not reversed by the Jewish religious leaders until approximately 1000 years after Jesus walked the earth, primarily by a Rabbi named Rashi.
We live at a time when things are culminating towards the end. This is an inescapable truth. The question is are we going to continue like business as usual or like Daniel, are we going to look at the events that surround us and trust a God who has faithfully fulfilled the prophecy 100% of the time in His written Word. Our families, friends and neighbors need the truth from His Word before it’s too late.
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