Good Sunday Morning! We woke up to some chilly temps today, and are about to head out to church shortly.
Today's passage in Jeremiah 7 picks up from The Lord telling Jeremiah that the children of God were not following his commands given to their forefathers when he brought them out of Egypt; that they'd become stiff-necked and extremely evil.
Today's passage is 7: 27-34, which wraps up this chapter.
"When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. Therefore say to them, ' This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips. Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under his wrath.
The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the Lord. They have set up their detestable idols in the house that bears my Name and have defiled it. They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire - something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind. So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. Then the carcasses of this people will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.
I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of the bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate".
Back in Jeremiah's day, a sign of mourning was to cut one's hair off, and also to put ashes on oneself. God was telling them they should be in mourning, for their sins had cut them off from His grace and mercy.
Judah was performing acts that even the heathens didn't do; sacrificing their children. He reminds them that sacrificing their children was not only something he didn't command them to do, but it wouldn't even enter His mind to do such a thing. Well folks, the Bible says in Hebrews 13:8 - "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever". Seeing that Jesus IS God, that He is the ONLY Son of God; giving him equality and the same power as the Father, there is no way that he would accept any argument offered to him today for the sacrificing of children to the hands of abortionists. The children who are aborted are being forced to suffer for the sins of the men and women who have made the choice to have sex either outside of marriage, or even within a marriage, and choose to end the unborn's life instead of giving it the life instilled by our Heavenly Father.
Just as the people of Judea and Jerusalem were to pay the consequences of this wretched sin, so will those in our present day have to one day face the Lord, and answer to their sin of the murder and sacrificing of these unborn babies, because they have been deemed an inconvenient interruption in the lifestyle of the parent(s). They sacrifice the life of a child, so they can go about in their sinful lifestyles, and sadly, many feel no guilt about it whatsoever.
If and when the Spirit of God is removed from a place, we see in the final verses of chapter 7, that the joy once heard in the land will be gone, and eventually the place will become desolate.
I pray for our country, as well as the other countries throughout this world, who have adapted this evil mind-set, that children are inconvenient interruptions in one's life, and can be easily disposed of. God will one day bring down his judgement on such behavior.
Have a blessed Sunday, and seek the Lord while He may be found.