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Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: As it was in the days of Jeremiah
By Steve Dines


As it was in the days of Jeremiah.

Someone once told me that in ministry circles Jeremiah is known as, ďthe weeping prophetĒ. For many years I didnít really understand why he would be referred to in that way, but I do now.

Jeremiah lived in a time when the vast majority of Godís chosen people were delusional, that is, suffering from the fixed false belief they had peace with God when the exact opposite was true.

With Jeremiahís life and ministry in mind, I am totally convinced that we must learn from what happened in the era leading up to the Babylonian invasion of Judah and what it means for us today.

After Solomon the northern kingdom of Israel had rebelled against God and made Jeroboam their King. Fearing that people would go to worship God in Jerusalem and not return, a counterfeit system of worship was established. It was a calculated abandonment of Godís revealed will concerning the way in which Godís people should relate to Him. The northern kingdom of Israel became apostate, they created a false priesthood that preached a false gospel and offered false sacrifices on false altars. As a result, they were invaded and overrun by the Assyrians.

During this time I can imagine the inhabitants of the southern kingdom of Judah thinking that their neighbours in the north were getting nothing less than they deserved. However, Jeremiah soon confronted Judah with the same kind of message that Hosea had preached to Israel. Just like Israel, Judah had willingly set aside Godís way to establish their own.

I believe that if Jeremiah were alive today, he would be weeping again. He would wear himself out trying to warn people about the devastating consequences of setting aside the righteousness of God; of setting aside the fullness of the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ to replace Him with human ways and traditions.

Today, Jeremiah would remind us that the Assyrian invasion was terrible, but the Babylonians were worse.

For me, the kingdom of Israel represents a group of people caught up in a religious system of their own making and the kingdom of Judah represents a group of people who should have known better than to go the same way; a case of history repeating itself because human nature does not change.

For me, the parallels between the era leading up to the Babylonian captivity of Judah and what is happening in Christianity today are staggering. In Jeremiahís day, the vast majority of Godís people in Jerusalem thought they were right with God, safe from any harm at the hands of their enemies. I am convinced that today the vast majority of church goers are deluded. They believe they are right with God, expecting to be raptured before the start of the great tribulation, when the exact opposite is true.

Judgment is coming.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/10/11
This is really educational. You gave mea lot to think about. It would make a good start for a Bible Bible Study Class.
diana kay02/12/11
this was sound and challenging and at the same time easy to read and engaging.
i say AMEN to this and we would do well to learn from the history of Gods people and the parallels are there for those that listen and look... like you have.
thank you for reminding and chalenging us through the life of Jeremiah. weeping we should be indeed!
Bonnie Bowden 02/12/11
Be careful what you wish for. The Israelites, like us, always think their past was better than the present.
We have very short memories.

I am thankful that God is in charge and He is patient.

Very informative and interesting piece.
Nancy Bucca02/15/11
Boy do I appreciate this! So much worship in the churches seems to be nothing more than a Jeroboam "get-em-in-and-counted-with-the-gold-too" cattle drive - as if tattoos and other worldly things are what is needed to reach the unchurched. But as prone as I myself am to desire success over God, I can see how easy it is for pastors to fall into that same temptation.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/11
Congratulations for ranking 11th in level one!
Jan Ackerson 12/31/11
Steve, I'm going to feature this essay on the Front Page Showcase for the week of January 9. Look for it on the FaithWriters home page--and congratulations!
Virgil Youngblood 01/13/12
Congratulations on being Showcased. Your article is deserving of recognition.