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This is what the LORD says to Judah, His people.
Today's Passage: Jeremiah 14:1-10
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New Living Testament (NLT).
1. This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD, explaining why he was holding back the rain:
2. Judah wilts; commerce at the city gates grinds to a halt.
All the people sit on the ground in mourning, and a great cry rises from Jerusalem.
3. The nobles send servants to get water, but all the wells are dry.
The servants return with empty pitchers, confused and desperate, covering their heads in grief.
4. The ground is parched and cracked for lack of rain. The farmers are deeply troubled; they too, cover their heads.
5. Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn because there is no grass in the field.
6. The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills panting like thirsty jackals. They strain their eyes looking for grass, but there is none to be found."
7. The people say, "Our wickedness has caught up with us, LORD, but help us for the sake of your own reputation. We have turned away from you and sinned against you again and again.
8. O Hope of Israel, our Savior in times of trouble, why are you like a stranger to us?
Why are you like a traveler passing through the land, stopping only for the night?
9. Are you also confused?
Is our champion helpless to save us?
You are right here among us, LORD.
We are known as your people.
Please don't abandon us now!"
10. So this is what the LORD says to his people:
"You love to wander far from me and do not restrain yourselves. Therefore, I will no longer accept you as my people.
Now I will remember all your wickedness and will punish you and for your sins."
Jeremiah 15:1-10 NLT
Can you relate in any way to Judah?
Have you ever come to this place with God?
Did God punish you for your sin?
Did He lavish grace?
Did He forgive?
Why would the relationship with God be so difficult in the Old Testament?
Please give us wisdom in our melding your Old and New Testaments.
Give us wisdom on how we wander from You.
I am reminded, Abba of that wonderful hymn.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
"O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above."
Please LORD protect me from myself and SEAL me for your courts above.
4. Please leave a your name and your last initial below. Karen, I have not forgotten our discussion over the hardships that were experienced by people in the Old Testament. I'm preparing a blog post in Learning How To Fear Well with some ideas about that.
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