#1. Faith in God is More Than Church Attendance (Jeremiah 7:1-11)
Statue of Jeremiah the Prophet
“Will you steal…and go after other gods…and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’, only to go on
Much of The Church today has become deceived in believing the lie that one’s godliness is shown simply by their participation in a local congregation or Christian cause. Although these activities are important as a major part of being a disciple of Christ, they are simply one facet of the life of being sold out as a servant of Jesus. Many who love the Lord will blindly fall into the pleasures of fornication, adultery, gossip, lies, thievery, deceptions, and hypocrisies of all kinds while showing up to church every Sunday and faithfully pay their tithes. This is no different than those who would annually enter the temple of Jerusalem during the time of Jeremiah the prophet to which he declared, “…doing all these abominations.”
The gathering of the saints is meant for the hearing of the Word of God and the mutual edification of fellow believers for: Growth in faith, character, and understanding, among many other attributes of fellowship. It is what happens outside of the normal congregational meetings which show the true quality of a Christian. If the only time a believer in Christ lives in a godly manner, is on a Sunday morning or at a church gathering, we (The Church) have a problem. We are the body of Christ which represents its many members (one another).
Do others know you are a Christian by deed or simply the title you proclaim? Would those who know you outside the Church know you are a believer by the fruit of your life?
Today’s Prayer: Lord show me the areas of hypocrisy and inconsistency in my life that I may make the changes necessary to live my life to glorify you for the rest of my days in Jesus name, Amen.
Lord show me the areas of hypocrisy and inconsistency in my life that I may make the changes necessary to live my life to glorify you for the rest of my days in Jesus name, Amen.
Chapter 7 of the book of Jeremiah covers what is considered to be by many, the beginning of Jeremiah’s third sermon to the people of Judah. Some have called this the Temple message. Here Jeremiah gives a firm rebuke proclaiming the empty religious conditions of Judah to not be of God or the practices that he required through the teachings of Moses. As the message continues in verse 12, Jeremiah begins to speak of the destruction of the city of Shiloh. Shiloh was established as Israel’s first religious center under the leadership of Joshua the son of Nun (Joshua 18:1). It was during the time of Samuel the prophet and Eli the priest that Shiloh was destroyed by Israel’s enemy the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:1-11). The message here from the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah, is stating the fate of Shiloh is what will soon be the fate of Jerusalem if people don’t genuinely turn to the Lord. The very event Jeremiah was giving warning of is what eventually happened when Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian Emperor destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BC.
"Go Now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel"— Jeremiah
Modern-day Christianity has been plagued with the same vanity of human nature that the people of Judah, in the time of Jeremiah dealt with. Having a form of religion, giving credit to God, and living a life not bearing any Christian fruit is a common daily occurrence for many of these places. There’s something very seductive about living a life ruled by lawless tendencies, yet having a form of religious practice to appear sincere and justified. Whether it’s in the United States of America, or other countries around the world that claim to be founded on Judeo-Christian values, the seed of sin is within every human.
Outline of the Book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah's Call to Ministry
Warnings and Exhortations to Judah
Promises of Restoration
Jerusalem Falls and Results
Judgement of Other Nations
In the first year of his (Cyrus the Great) reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
- Prophet Daniel
Jeremiah was brought up in Judah not long after the northern kingdom of Israel was removed by the Assyrian Empire. The people of Judah being descendants of the nation of Israel, would have been stricken by fear of this being there same fate. As time went on in Judah maintain its independence, the people of Judah forgot what God protected them from and the fate of their brothers and sisters to the north. Just as Jeremiah warned the people of Judah of the impending danger, the people of America and other nations founded upon Judeo-Christian values must not follow the fate of Judah and Israel before it.
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