I am moved by God’s emotion in Jeremiah 17—His words to describe His love for His people and the land He gave to them. How grieved He is over their sin and the judgment that He must pass upon them (of course, this is seen through all of scripture)!
“O, My mountain in the field” (Jeremiah 17:3).
There is so much depth of heart in that statement. There is a cry of great feeling in that statement. His people are His possession, His desire, His treasure, His children. They are HIS alone, created that He might nourish and provide for them. God’s emotion is powerful!
“O, My mountain!”
And yet God’s determination is powerful as well!
“I will,” He says.
He holds great emotion of love and compassion for His people and yet is not swayed toward unjust behavior by that emotion (as we are prone to be as humans). In fact, it is His emotion of compassion that will utterly destroy them—He knows where that compassion is best place, their soul. It is His great love that will bring the hammer down on their heads. He only does that which is right and good. “I will give thy substance and all thy treasure to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. And I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever” (Jeremiah 17:3-4).
God loves His Bride but He hates our sin. He knows what the consequence for our sin demands—destruction, death, His resisting us, words or rebuke, blessings removed. He loves the praises of His people—He desires our feasts and our holy days—He loves our gathering together, our order, and our solemn assemblies. Except for our sin. Our sin makes Him despise IT ALL. Our sin makes him nauseous! With great vehemence He describes our praises as a burden to Himself—they trouble Him and He cannot stand to hear them! “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear:” (Isaiah 1).
What is the sin that brings such a bad stench to the nostrils of our God?
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Isaiah [1:16]-17).
What iniquity would make Him stop His ears from hearing our many prayers?
“Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah [1:15]).
Dear American church, God desires our devotion but He desires our obedience more. Our love is determined by our obedience to His commands not our desire to praise Him in an orderly fashion. Not even our desire to obey him brings Him pleasure, it is the actual obedience that proves our love.
And, our hands ARE full of blood.
According to scripture, the people of God should be KNOWN for throwing off every sin that so easily besets us, for our love for the brethren, seeking justice for those oppressed, for visiting the widow and orphan, for judging the fatherless, for relieving those who are in distress, for rescuing those who are being taken to the slaughter.
Jesus put it this way, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. this is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew [22:36]-40).
For the last 43+ years, as the Church, we have not loved our preborn neighbor as we ought. We may have great empathy for them and even cry over the sin of abortion when we are stirred to do so, we may vote for those who promise to protect them, we may give money to organizations that provide help for those who “choose life” but we have not sought to care for them as God has commanded us to care for them.
He gave a pretty good description of “care for those in need” when He told the story of the good Samaritan. And remember He contrasted the Samaritan’s actions with those of the religious leaders who walked by the dying man on their way to do good, Biblical things.
We have neglected the preborn’s greatest need. They are murdered in mass through horrific means, 2 every minute every day tallying a 1,000,000 a year. And their murder is protected by our laws. There is no defense for them. And that makes these little orphans the most oppressed in our nation.
Would you seek to repent of your own apathy regarding legalized child sacrifice? Would you repent with us? Would you stand and call for the abolition of this great evil?
Written by Deana Myers