A Watchman’s Cry
Some years ago while reading Jeremiah, my heart was deeply stirred by his words. I realized those words were to me; to examine my life by.
For those who believe these old prophets are speaking to the physical seed of Israel, I challenge you in that belief because it greatly affects our understanding of what is occurring these days. If I’m wrong, then we would only benefit from examining our lives by their words. If I’m right, and we dismiss them, it will be a grave mistake. The Bible is written to God’s people, those who are called by His name, so it’s written for us.
Romans 9:8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
I’m reading Jeremiah once again. As I feel his heart pour off the pages delivering a hard message to his brethren, again my heart is deeply stirred. I want to share with you some of what the Spirit shared with me; messages that continue to get stronger and clearer each time I read them.
The message is about judgment on God’s people who’ve gone their own way, who’ve followed false teachers and leaders, who’ve lacked a LOVE for the Truth. People profess love for the man Christ. He was a manifestation of truth. If you truly love Him, you will love the Truth. You will hunger for it, meditate on it, desire to walk in it and all the things you do when you deeply love someone or something.
Here is a taste of what Jeremiah says. The detail of truth in his words and what is happening today is astounding.
People don’t seek God and honor His words. Jeremiah 4:22, Jeremiah 6:10
People are assembling together, but in “harlots’ houses”. Jeremiah 5:7
People have been willfully led by false religious leaders. Jeremiah 5:12-13
God has stricken them because of their backsliding (Jeremiah 5:3), but they don’t repent. They continue to praise God with their mouths, yet follow their own hearts.
The religious leaders are of their own making. Jeremiah 5:31
People don’t fear God. Jeremiah 5:22
Judgment is upon us. Jeremiah 9:25-26 Each one is accountable to God. If you’ve been diligently seeking God in truth and spirit then you’ve heard the cry to examine your life, repent from self and walk in the truth. It’s a jolting message that wakes you from a sleepy existence. It stirs you to fervently seek God to know truth.
In the messages of this passionate prophet, God is giving those who stray from Him (the Truth, the Word) into the hands of the enemy. Jeremiah 12:7 In other words, many have professed Christ, but it’s a vain belief. 1 Corinthians 15:2 The Spirit searched my heart with this message in these ways — Jesus, the Word, is the Way; have you walked in that way? He is the bread; have you eaten the pure bread of heaven or the doctrines of others? He is the light, have you loved the darkness (own life) more than Him?
God is allowing those professing to be His to walk the path they have truly chosen. Jeremiah 2:17 I’ll ask you what He asked me, what have you truly chosen, not just professed? What does your life show?
People debate which leaders and churches are corrupt. Jeremiah spoke to the whole nation. God is speaking to each one of us. The warning is for us all. It’s not about examining our lives by each other or by our own rational, but by the Word.
I’m passing along the cry of Jeremiah, the warning of the deprived and deceived spiritual state of many and the ramifications to follow. As the end draws near and the new temple is dawning when God will set all things straight, more than ever we need to put God’s Word first. We need to examine our lives by it and know it’s God and His truths we are following and not false doctrines, which abound these days. Jeremiah 5:16-17
A response to his warnings…
Read the prophets. The words were written for your admonishment. Seek God in the Bible trusting the Holy Spirit to teach you, not a person. Seek understanding from Him with all your heart, soul and mind.
What does it mean to seek? To set a time aside each day (what is more important than God?) Read and meditate in the Bible. I’ve found reading a chapter in the Old Testament, one in the New Testament, then a Psalm or Proverb a good balance. Start with Jeremiah and John. Read with the motive to know God as He is; to know His truth. Rely on the Holy Spirit to teach you. 1 John 2:27. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. Ask God to reveal the errors you’ve learned about Him and His truth. Seek to follow His voice above all others.
Each one accountable to God. No one can cultivate a relationship with God for you. No one can pour God’s truth into you, but Him. He is the one to write in on your heart and mind. Your part is to abide in it with a desire to know it so it can be written on your heart. You can’t live by the strength of someone else’s relationship. You don’t want to be the one who has no oil when the bridegroom comes. Matthew 25:1-13
Some of the greatest enemies to your soul are distractions and busyness. Be wise. Spend time in God’s Word seeking the instruction of the Holy Spirit, there is nothing more important. Honor the prophets by hearing their words. They were written for us.
God’s love is great. His mercy has been overwhelming me along with the impeding messages of judgment. But if we don’t heed His Word, we’ll fall prey to what is upon us. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Each one of us has to spend time with God seeking Him in truth and cultivating our own relationship. This union is what will allow us to stand firm.
April 19, 2011 at 2:13 am
Thanks for this. Jeremiah’s timeless truths are certainly for our time. But just as they rejected them back then and went their own way, most people are doing the same today because they won’t put themselves on the line as he did. They want to stand with the crowd, not against them. But that doesn’t apply to all and that’s the good news.
April 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Hi Roger … It is amazing how similar the language is to Revelation. It’s a powerful book. Your comment reminds me of the verse … Jeremiah 6:17 Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ Thanks for stopping by.
April 19, 2011 at 2:37 am
Thanks for this post, Rachel. It does give me a new way to look at the OT, although I’m not sure why I didn’t see this myself. Of course the OT is written to the people to whom it is addressed, but you’re right; it is also written to us. I can’t tell you how distressed I’ve been, reading the prophets, and thinking; “These people are just like us, today!,” and of course, in a sense, they ARE “us today.”
So we do need to hear what is said and also to know that we are in Christ and of His kingdom. It becomes tempting otherwise to try to right things via secular means (politics) instead of looking to our true King and our true home (Him). This is our balance. We are His — let’s make sure we remember it and follow Him and not the ways of this world. (Not sure I said that very well, but I’m confident you’ll know what I mean.)
Love you, dear Sister
April 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Hi Cindy — Yes, I believe the Bible is written layer upon layer. It’s alive and dynamic and speaks on many levels. I believe the prophets are speaking to us as they spoke to their generation as well. And I think I get what you mean 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂
April 19, 2011 at 7:08 am
Thank you so much for this warning and beseeching, for us to seek Him and His truth out for ourselves, to commit to a relationship with Him in earnest. You have blessed and helped me today, as I wonder if I’m doing the right thing, in spending so much time reading and studying His word, writing little posts. I need a lot of time with Him. I just don’t get a lot of other things done that most people do. ha!
God bless you, Rachel, as you continue to bring us messages from His heart to ours.
April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm
Hi Debbie – what spending much time reading?! 🙂 That is wonderful! It is a gift and a blessing to have that desire. I think it is critical in these days to be diligently abiding in the Bible seeking the Holy Spirit’s instruction. Follow that desire. Feed that desire. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
April 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm
When I was working on my ‘Writings of Luke’, I might have spent a year on his 2 books. Needless to say, I would often spend days and occasionally weeks on one chapter. You can see a lot when you dig that deep; but after a year of it, I get to where I just want to read. So for the past few months that is what I’ve done. I’ve covered a lot of ground, but it is not speaking near as much. Just this morning I prayed about that and wondered where I should settle in and start digging again. Maybe even a couple of years ago by now, I did the same with the first half of Jeremiah. I stopped and moved on to something else. This morning I wondered if it would be good to go back and finish. Your post at least suggest that maybe I should.
April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Hi Mike – wow! That must have been quite the journey. 🙂 I’m finding God is really opening up His Word .. and of course I highly suggest Jeremiah. His words are so fitting for today. It’s truly astounding.
April 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Thank you Rachel. I too love Jeremiah. I was amazed and yes my heart was changed as I went through this book the last time looking for affirmations of who God called us to be. I found many treasures there and I am excited to go there again because of your urging. Thank you for your pleas to seek and spend time with God and His word. I have no greater love!
April 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Hi Tom – it’s filled with so much depth … and with the depth comes the questions 🙂 Do read it. God seems to be speaking so much through it for these days.
April 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm
I love when Christians refuse to be Jesus for someone. When we put our faith in relationships, we are going to be let down 100% of the time. We can see the truth and the life in someone, but Jesus is the only truth and life. I love when Christians like yourself show love to God’s children by urging them to seek God by his word, trusting in the Holy Spirit.
April 22, 2011 at 12:46 am
Hi Andy — good point. The experience of drawing near to God and getting to know Him personally is far different and beyond anything I expected. It truly is life. No one should settle for less. Certainly not living vicariously through someone else’s relationship 🙂
April 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm
The blog is very good!
April 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm
Hi Nel, Thanks for stopping by.