Jeremiah 2

Vs. 1, “The word of the LORD came to me…”  Jeremiah’s first message would be a message of tender exhortation to turn back to God.  It reminded me of our Youth message this past Sunday about drifiting along. Jeremiah would use many picture illustrations of how God’s people had turned from Him.  From an unfaithtful wife, broken cisterns, a plundered slave, a stubborn animal, a degenerate vine, a defiled body, an animal in the desert, a disgraced thief, a prisoner of war…Jeremiah would try his best to help them see their folly.   Why was judgment coming to the nation of Judah?  Because the people were unfaithful to God and had mixed the worship of God with the worship of idols.

Regarding application…Denial of Sin.  Vs. 35, “you say, ‘I am innocent; he is not angry with me.’But I will pass judgment on you because you say, ‘I have not sinned.”  What keeps a person seeking holiness?  I believe they never forget what they are…a sinner.  The apostle Paul was able to do so much because he called himself the chief of sinners.  When we approach God, we should be like the tax collector who bowed his head and confessed he was a sinner.  Yet, I think so many of us are like the Pharisee who stands before God proud of what we have accomplished so far!  I believe that is why Jesus would exhort us to take up his cross daily.  We need to die each day to ourselves so that sin cannot penetrate our being and rule our lives.  Denying sin and turning from sin are two different things.  Take a moment today and consider your own life & the sins you may have still lingering around.  Let’s confess them to the Lord & let his grace heal the scars of sin.  Let’s be careful to stop drifting along…