The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 17

Trust, False and True

     The prophecy of the destruction of Judah continues, as it has for many chapters. Is it important that Father has focused on His chosen” people? Not really, because they are but “types” of people, with billions and billions of others to follow, all with the same inclination for sinning against the Commandments of God.

     These chapters are full of instructions for how we are NOT to do the same as they did. Not only does Father tell them/us what the punishment will be for these unrepentant sins, but He gives us an inside look into His heart, as to how it hurts Him for us to disobey and follow after whatever “gods” we put before us in this present day and age.

     Jeremiah 17:1 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

     The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, omit these first four verses although other Greek translations have them in it. The Interlinear Bible does contain these versus.

     This pen of iron is a chisel and it has diamonds along its cutting edge which means that the hearts of Judah are so hardened that this is what it takes to write some truth in them.

     And upon the horns of your altars. You’ll notice that it said your altars. Not HIS altars, not MY altars, but YOUR altars, which means that they make up their own religion, with their own laws, and they take our Father completely out of the picture.

     What about the word “horns”? On Fathers’ altar, there were four horns, one on each corner, and this represented His power. Judah places horns on THEIR altar, probably to mimic Father’s altar, so there is a glimmer of truth recognized even in their religious construction.

     Jeremiah 17:2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills.

     The children remember their parents, and possibly their grandparents, GROVE WORSHIPPING up there on that hill among the trees. Pagan shrines and practices.

     “Well, brother, it’s a good thing that we don’t do that kind of thing today.”

     Really? Rolling Easter eggs on the front lawn of the church is not considered a pagan practice to you? Hanging colored eggs on a bush in your front yard is not a pagan practice to you? Having some bunny-rabbit deliver colored eggs to you on the most sacred day of Christianity is not a pagan practice to you?

     What is this verse shouting at us today? That our children learn from watching what their parents do. If the parents believe in the rapture theory or the any-moment doctrines, they don’t have to teach their children specifically, they’ll learn and accept this lie by the example set before them. By the parents.

     And, of course, grove worshipping is worshipping the Asherah…a hewn tree made to look like and represent the male penis. At one point in time, back in the books of Kings, they even placed an Asherah INSIDE the Temple of God Himself.

     (Ever accidentally come upon that little battery-operated device some women keep in their purse?)

     2nd Kings 21:7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: KJV

     The “house” being the Temple. And the women wove kerchiefs and embroidered cloths to cover it.

     This is one of the sins that is graven in the hearts of the people and it will be extremely hard to erase it because it’s been going on for generations.

     Jeremiah 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders.

     Mountain representing the city of Jerusalem, Zion, the Temple and the people thereof.

     Father is going to take everything that they own and give it to the enemy for a spoil, for the fortunes of war. This is a repeat from chapter 15….

     Jeremiah 15:13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders. KJV

     The Babylonians are going to take all of it. And it's all going to be free.

     Jeremiah 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee;

     This heritage was a part of the covenant that Father made with their forefathers.

     and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not:

     They’re going into the land of Babylon for the next seventy years. So far, Father has not SPECIFICALLY told them exactly WHERE they would be going but they’ll know for sure when King Nebuchadnezzar’s army shows up.

     for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.

     Does this part of the verse remind you of anything? It should. It’s a part of the song that the Election, the overcomers, will be singing when our Lord returns at the second advent. It’s found in the song of Moses in Deuteronomy, chapter 32…

      Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. KJV

     Every evil thing on earth will be destroyed. Flesh and blood bodies, physical bodies will be gone, and the spiritual will have taken over. There will never be flesh and blood ever again on this earth. That time is gone for good.

     You had a chance to make a decision during that time, the time that we were in these earthly bodies, and you made that decision, whether you knew it or not. You chose to follow Satan and live according to his laws that ruled the world OR you chose to read our Father’s Word, to live according to HIS laws and commandments.

     The finality of it all is that the time for making a good confession of your sins is over. Did you take the time to do that? If not…..sorry Charlie.

     Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

     Cursed be the man that trusteth in man. This isn’t just referring to some little antichrist, some false preacher, this word “man” doesn’t refer to a human being, it means “geber”, remember them from Genesis chapter 6?

     Man_ OT:1397 geber (gheh'-ber); from OT:1396; properly, a valiant man or warrior; generally, a person simply:

     Root Word_ OT:1396 gabar (gaw-bar'); a primitive root; to be strong; by implication, to prevail, act insolently:

     They were the offspring, the children, of the fallen angels mating with the daughters of Adam, and they produced Geber. Half-spiritual, half-flesh and blood beings and they were insolent alright. They were giants as well.

     And maketh flesh his arm.  Don’t tie-up with them, don’t make them your brother or teacher. Don’t make them your leader and ignore the Father.

     Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

     The meaning of “heath” is to be naked….

     Heath_ OT:6176 `arow`er (ar-o-ayr'); or `ar`ar (ar-awr'); from OT:6209 reduplicated; a juniper (from its nudity of situation):

     The heath is generally considered to be a Juniper tree. Now, what happens with this tree/bush is that the goats come by and pick every leaf off of it so it’s always in a state of “nakedness” from being barren of leaves.

     So, this “man” from verse 5 is going to be “naked”, not see any good coming his way and is kind of going to live a barren life.

     A state of living WITHOUT the Father in it. Verse 7 will show us just the opposite.

     Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

     A lot of times Christians are ridiculed for believing in God and the Bible, some saying that believing in that stuff is a crutch that helps them get through life. I guess they’re insinuating that without God and the Scriptures to fall back on, we’re not strong enough to face the world and all it throws at us each and every day.

     Well……duh…..we don’t see it as a crutch but knowing that evil will ultimately be punished by Him makes going through this life a little easier when you try to live a good life according to His laws and see the evil ones prosper.

     And the knowledge of a righteous Judgment at the end of this dispensation, one that separates the good from the evil, is also nice to know, it also gives comfort.

     Jeremiah 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     The contrast here is that the “man” that trusts in other men, other human beings, and not our Father, is going to live a life as though he were in a desert without water or shelter.

     But the “man” that loves and trusts in the Lord will be as a tree that is planted by the water, the water making it grow tall and green and when the drought comes it won’t bother it and it will continue to yield its fruit.

     One has the blessings of God and the other does not.

     Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

     Want to know how wicked the human heart and mind can be? All you have to do is look around at the world today. It’s so plain that a blind person could see it and it gets worse with each passing year.

     Who can know it? Who can understand it? No one but our Father. In retrospect, take Adolph Hitler, for example. As heinous a human being as he was, don’t you know that on Christmas morning he probably sat there with his grandchildren, smiling, drinking a cup of coffee, showing love to all those present in the room.

     How can you look at that scene and say…

     “There sits a murderous, monstrosity of a human being. He’s presided over the killing, mutilation, and torture of millions of other human beings.”

     Proof positive that you cannot tell the condition of a human heart or mind by the outward appearance that they want to project to the world. (Remember the sunglasses?)

     Only our Father can see what’s inside.

     Jeremiah 17:10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

     You may do what appears to be a good deed to someone but only the Father can see the reasoning and thought behind it. After all, it may not be what it appears to be….to us. Other human beings.

     And thank the heavens above that Father has this ability, else Judgment would be a throw of the dice, a complete and utter joke.

     Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

     The translators have used the word “eggs” instead of “broods”, as it is in the Interlinear Bible, so it should properly read “as the partridge broods and does not hatch; so he….

     Not a big deal, really, I mean, the thought transfers over, but why not use broods instead of eggs to start with?

     What’s being said here? If you get rich by defrauding people and cheating, it will be as a bird siting on her eggs and none of them hatch. It’s fruitless and the money that you deceived people out of will evaporate and you’re going to end up looking like a fool.

     In an earlier chapter, I used the example of someone faking an injury after an accident, suing the insurance company for thousands of dollars, and after some time passes, all that money gets spent and they have nothing to show for it.

     The foolish part comes in, if and when, they realize that that money is going to have to be paid back in order for our Father to fully forgive them. It’s called biblical restitution.

     On the other side of that coin, if you work hard and EARN the same amount of money that someone cheated the insurance company out of, Father has blessed the work of your hands, the money will profit you.

     Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. KJV

     Besides, accumulating money and “stuff” during this life is usually futile because you can’t take it with you into the eternity. As the old saying goes…

     “You’ll never see a U-Haul truck behind a hearse.”

     Jeremiah 17:12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

     This is the Throne that Father Himself sits on and our ultimate sanctuary is to be there with Him during the eternity. And if you live your life free of deception and ill-gotten gains, that’s probably where you’ll end up.

     But if you’re a crook and a scoundrel and a liar, during this life, the place for Satan is where you will probably end up.

     Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.

      O Lord, the hope of Israel. It’s not just Israel that should have hope in the Lord, it should be the entire world population. Sadly, it’s not. There are too many religions around this world, with billions of people faithfully adhering to their teachings, and it’s all for naught if it isn’t based on our Lord Jesus Christ.

     We are so fortunate to be living in this country, this Christian country, where we can practice ANY religion we so choose without fear of being put in jail or killed.

     Because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters. People have turned away from that Living Water, which opens the door for Satan and his dominion to come in and have their way with you. If you feel that that is where you are today, just say a simple prayer to our Lord, tell Satan to get out of your life, through the power of our Lord, and he will go away.

     For a short time, usually. He’ll lurk around out there, keeping his eye on you and when you decide to do something that is not in your best interests, like going out for drinks on a Friday evening after work with co-workers, drinking a bit too much, and ending up having an accident or getting pulled over for a DUI citation.

     Satan LOVES to work in our lives like that.

     This Living Water is what sustains the spiritual body, not only during the Millennium but for the eternity as well. The next verse is during the time of the Millennium...

     Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. KJV

     And from the book of Revelation during the eternity…

     Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. KJV

     There are sooo many reasons for living this life in a manner that is pleasing to the Creator. He’s in control of this entire world, it’s HIS creation, and He created US to be with Him and for all of us to take pleasure in that.

     Get your brain out of the sandbox and look at the overall picture, once in a while. You’re here for less than 100 years, which is NOTHING, in the eons of time that have passed and that is yet to come.

     You can’t mind your spiritual P’s and Q’s for that short length of time when the reward in front of you is being able to see and go up to our Lord forever and ever?

     To live in a body that never feels pain, or experiences sorrow, or gets cancer or any of the physical maladies that wreak havoc on us daily? You’re going to throw away that opportunity for a few earthly pieces of gold, a few moments of earthly, physical pleasure?

      What a colossal waste of YOUR time. Not HIS.YOURS.

     Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

     What was the last verse saying? Don’t forsake the Lord. Don’t ignore Him and live in this world unprotected by His good graces. Surrender yourself mentally and spiritually to Him and Satan will run away from you and some of the temptations brought on by him will go away and your life will be a lot easier for you.

     This word “heal” can also mean “to stitch together”. If your life is as frayed as a rag doll He can put you back together again, He can make you whole again.

     The ultimate saving is done through the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The rapture theory is not your “escape route”, our Lord is. Why do you listen to MEN, why do you believe MEN when the Son of Almighty God tells you differently?

     Men WILL change their minds, our Father and our Lord NEVER do that.

     Jeremiah 17:15 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the Lord? let it come now.

     Lest we forget, it’s Jeremiah speaking here and the subject of verses 11 through 14 was trust, false and true. The Jews in Jerusalem, to whom he is prophesying, didn’t take kindly to what he was telling them.

     They had already forsaken our Father, as evidenced by their lifestyle, and they wanted to believe their false prophets that were telling them that NOTHING was going to happen to them, things would go on as they have been, and then this mouthpiece of Father Himself tells them that it’s all going to come to an end and the Babylonians are going to take many of them into prison, into captivity.

     Eventually, after 40 plus years of prophesying, the Jews would throw him into a well, remove him, and then stone him to death. History has it that he was buried in Egypt, next to where Pharaoh was buried. Then Alexander dug him up and reburied him in Alexandria.

     Where is the word of the Lord? This is being said in irony, in a taunting mockery, because nothing has happened to them, as of yet. They’re saying, in essence..

     “Where is the truth of the words that you speak to us, Jeremiah? If these are the words of the Lord, why hasn’t He done something to us by now?”

     Don’t worry, it acomin’.

     In a different sense, we could ask that same question right now. Where IS the word of the Lord today? With the exception of a few verses used to backup and make truth out of some sermon delivered by some windbags, the Word of God is not taught in most churches today.

     Being raised as a Catholic, I NEVER attended a Mass and heard the words of this Great Book spoken. In fact, and it’s much different today, I never understood ANYTHING the priest said during the Mass because it was all spoken in LATIN.

     I will say this in defense of the United Methodist Church….they are preparing to split the church into two segments. Those that want to allow same-sex marriage and those that do not. Those that want homosexualism among the priests and those that do not.

     Thank God SOMEBODY in the religious sector of this country is FINALLY standing up to the heathenistic trend of today’s society.

     Right on, Methodists.

     So you ask…where is the word of the Lord? It’s been overtaken by the words of men.

     Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

     I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee. Jeremiah has not refused the call from our Lord to be a prophet to His people. Father chose him at a very young age and he has taken a lot of flack from his own people because of it.

     But look where his soul and spirit are today. Of the twenty-four seats that were spaced around the Throne of our Father, I believe that twelve of them are occupied by the Patriarchs and ONE of the other twelve seats, certainly, has to be occupied by Jeremiah.

     Neither have I desired the woeful day. He doesn’t look forward to their day of captivity, just as Jonah didn’t when he ended up in Nineveh.

     Jeremiah 17:17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

     Stand by me, Father, and give me strength and hope.

     Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

     Confounded doesn’t mean to be confused, it means to be ashamed…

     Confounded_ OT:954 buwsh (boosh); a primitive root; properly, to pale, i.e. by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed:

     Dismayed means to be broken down by violence and fear.

     Jeremiah is saying to let THEM be confounded and dismayed, but not himself, otherwise, how could he continue to bring the words of our Father to them?

     Double destruction. This may mean the first destruction by the Chaldeans and the second by the Romans when they destroyed the Temple and the city in 71 A.D.

     Jeremiah 17:19 Thus said the Lord unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

     Go where the highest traffic of people will be, and that is, at the gates where the kings and priests and other people come in and out of the city.

     This always reminds me of when I lived in Atlanta and I would see these sidewalk-preachers, standing in City Park downtown, with Bible in hand, “prophesying” the end of the world. They were always subjects of ridicule but it should make one wonder if one or two of them might not have been sent there by the Father, doesn’t it? Who knows for sure?

     Jeremiah 17:20 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the Lord, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

     What do you think would happen if one of the “sheep” of the congregation were to stand up one sunny Sunday morning, during the sermon, and say….

     “We’re tired of listening to YOUR words, give us the Words of our Father.”

     I’m not talking about some little off-shoot church in an obscure part of town, no, I’m talking about the BIGGEST church in town, usually THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF_______. (Fill in the blank yourself.)

     He would no longer attend that same church the next sunny Sunday morning. And things would go on as before.

     Let’s take it one step further than that. Let’s say that John the Baptist (since I’ve already referenced the Baptist church), dressed as he was back then, nothing but a sheep skin to cover his privates, unbathed, unshaven, long hair an absolute mess with twigs and pieces of straw in it, uneaten pieces of locust entrapped in his beard, maybe some honey on one side or the other, strides through those massive doors at the front of the church and says the same thing.

     EMS doesn’t have enough vehicles to carry the unconscious to the ER. They would faint in horror.

     Jeremiah 17:21 Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

     Not heeding this law being one of the chief reasons for the captivity and here is something else very interesting: the 70 years of this coming captivity was prophesied way back in the book of 2nd Chronicles…

     2nd Chronicles 36:21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years. KJV

     Threescore and ten years being 70 years. (20 + 20 + 20 + 10 = 70) For those that might be mathematically challenged.

     No servile work was to be done on the Sabbath day nor were they allowed to walk more than about a mile from their homes.

     Leviticus 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

     Leviticus 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. KJV

     Take heed to yourselves. Take heed to your SOULS.

     Jeremiah 17:22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

     See the above verses of Leviticus.

     Jeremiah 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

     Being stiff-necked is not a medical condition, it’s an emotional condition. It’s where you bow up inside, tuck your chin close to your chest and enduring a severe beating will not make you change your stance.

     Jeremiah 17:24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;

     If they start listening to and obeying His laws once more, here’s what’s going to happen. THEN

     Jeremiah 17:25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.

     Just simply obey the commandments and laws that our Father put forth and enjoy His blessings. He didn’t give us these laws to make our lives uncomfortable or unbearable, He did it so that when we DID obey, He would bless us for it.

     It’s human nature to revolt against someone telling us to do something that we do not want to do. Father told them to stop cutting trees from the grove and shaping them into the image of a man’s penis…,

     “But we like to do that. We drink a lot of wine and get drunk, have sex with everybody, play music, sing and dance, build a big fire and melt some gold to build the idol….. it’s fun.”

     Jeremiah 17:26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the Lord.

     Doing all the right things according to the law.

     Jeremiah 17:27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. KJV

    Do we have to observe the Sabbath as Israel did? No, we don’t. We don’t have to offer burnt sacrifices and all that because when our Lord died on the cross he did away with all the blood sacrifices.

     But when Father rested on the seventh day of Creation, that we should do also.

     Some of the hardest things for a human being to do is to take criticism, instruction, or being told that we must obey certain rules to get along in life. Many of these civil rules are reinforced with penalties that include fines and jail time.

     Usually, when caught breaking one of these civil rules, retribution is forthcoming.

     However, such is not the case with Father’s spiritual rules. You can break one or all of them many times over and it MAY produce no APPARENT retribution from our Father at the time. And, a lot of times, we can break civil rules and get away with it because we couldn’t be found out.

     This is not the case with Father’s spiritual rules. He sees and records EVERY violation whether we think He does or not. You don’t “get away” with breaking His rules and it go unnoticed.

     And it’s an accumulation of offenses against the Father that also goes unnoticed by us in a lot of cases.

     But the ONE thing that REALLY hurts our Father is when we worship something other than Him. When we ignore Him and spend all of our time making sure that we’re happy in this world, regardless of whether it offends Him or not.

     And, as with Judah and Jerusalem, it accumulates to the point to where He will have had enough of our stupid behavior, He will tire of us killing His prophets that speak His word to the masses, He will get fed up with the lot of us and that’s when He brings the hammer down and gets some serious attention from us.

     And then there’s a lot of wailing and crying and “oh, Lord, we’re soooo sorry for what we’ve done” and on repentance, maybe, the punishment is allayed, His grace comes to the forefront, we are brought back into His fold once more and, TRAJECTLY, the entire process repeats itself, over and over again.

     But do you know what really gives Him comfort and hope for humanity? It’s those people that steadfastly, day by day, live according to His laws and commandments, those that actually try to please Him, that keep Him and our Lord in their minds all the livelong day.

     That repent immediately when they screw up, that pray often to Him, that thank Him for all that He does for us, that read and understand this Letter that He had written for us.

     These are the people that make Him happy, that put a smile on His face, that He can USE during this era of time to help fulfill His overall Plan, up to and until our Lord returns.

     Do you happen to be one of them? I sure hope so.

 

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