"Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?"
Continued 2nd section of 3 sections in this chapter, verses 12 - 18;
Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? - Great questions of the Bible; word study - will (2); word study - all the words that begin with "P" (2) people & pestilence; word/phrase study - And God said/spoke; God has given, and continued to give Judah and the king, multiple opportunities to repent of their wickedness and return unto Him. God 'rising up early and sending His prophets,' but they would not hearken nor obey. And Jeremiah pleads with them one more time, here to declare what shall be if they refuse the Lord's gracious invitation. For the prophet's role is to tell what was, what is and what shall be. And the three judgements announced over and over is here, once again, pronounced upon them for their evil: sword, famine and pestilence. And if they rebel and refuse, then death is certain for them, in one of these and all of these judgements. The great questions of the Bible, puts before them a choice and an answer. The Lord has spoken these things and warning them over and over again. The king of Babylon is to be served and submitted to. God has risen him up for such a time as this to do His bidding. And they are to obey and not rebel against the will and the word of the Lord. God had told the nations to submit to him, for he was ordained of God for His purposes. They were to drink of the cup that Jeremiah sent to all the nations, for the cup of wrath would be poured out on all the earth through king of Babylon. And if they refused the will of the Lord through Nebuchadrezzar, then death was certain for them through God's 3 judgments: war, disease and hunger. their choices was death; 'for the wages of sin is death'.
God is the same, He changes not. And the same word and will of God, to obey, is still presented and put before the nations, men and especially His children. For it is expected that men of this world, will not obey the word of the Lord. But among God's church, obedience is a must, and it declares we are His'. 'If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.' And for the nation, people and His church that refuses to obey there is death that awaits and judgement. Even now, it is upon the nations, upon the world, and upon the church. and only by doing what the Lord has said, can we find grace and mercy. God still sends such judgements upon us and we are to obey in order to hinder these things from happening. Deep and specific confession, godly sorrow unto repentance and surrendered lives is a must for these days. For who knows if He will turn and repent and leave a blessing behind Him. For even now, these things are upon us and only when God sees and hears His people humbling themselves before Him in deep brokenness and contrition will we find Him sufficient in His repentance of His wrath. And if not, then prepare to meet thy God. Will we learn the lesson of history? or be doomed to repeat as Judah?
Started: February 4, 2023
Finished: February 4, 2023