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Will a man make gods for himself,

Which are not gods?

Jeremiah 16:20 (NKJV)

We could pretty much say that they had it coming. It shouldn’t have been a surprise and they should have known that all of that idolatry and rebellion was going to catch up with them some day and in some kind of way. It just seems natural that they had it coming.

Sadly, Israel’s pride had blinded them before and God pointed out how it would blind them again when disaster was to come upon them. God simply pointed to the actions of their fathers before them, and then shared: ” And you have done worse than your fathers” (Jeremiah 16:12, NKJV).

That’s why Israel was going to suffer either death and destruction in their own land or in captivity in the north.

Read how others have engaged this chapter’s contents as well.

False Gods Led to a Failure of Faithfulness

By engaging in idolatry, Israel was literally playing with fire. Because of it, they would be consumed and taken down more than just a notch. Because they had followed other gods and forsaken God, they were doomed to undergo disaster and destruction. In fact, God says it like this: “. . .and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.”

No favor shown by God? His mercies disappeared? His lovingkindness vanished?

Imagine how much suffering could have been avoided if they had simply stuck with God. Picture how much easier life could have been if they had just admitted to God that they had lost their way and went astray, seeking to repent and return to Him once again. Just think about it. All of that disgrace could have been vanquished and not even an issue for them.

But they refused to repent.

But they refused to listen to God or His prophet.

And so their suffering was a disgraceful death before the eyes of the world.

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For the shepherds have become dull-hearted,

And have not sought the Lord

Jeremiah 10:21 (NKJV)

I want to circle back to Jeremiah 3:15 and help someone understand the complexity of what God says there in comparison to what we see here. Look at this week’s Bible study outline and see how it fits in, too. When we were in chapter 3 of Jeremiah, much of our attention was placed on the whoredom of Israel and Judah. However, it is in that same chapter where God promises to provided shepherds “according to My own heart.” But what is this that we’re seeing here where God is calling His own shepherds “senseless?”

God points out the lack of responsibility among the shepherds of God’s people. He even says: “The shepherds are senseless.” God shows that the shepherds lack of leadership left Him with no choice but to remove these shepherds and recover His sheep as in Jeremiah 31:10.

But He said that He would provide us shepherds, right?

When comparing Jeremiah 10:21 and Jeremiah 3:15, the problem that emerges comes in the form of contextual confusion. Keep in mind that Jeremiah 3:15 is a providential promise of God to Israel based on the conditional repentance of the “faithless children” in verse 14. Think in terms of prophecy. He says it in chapter 3, but that does not mean that He will fulfill that prophetic promise immediately. Failing to connect the dots right here will have you left with your mental wheels spinning out of control trying to figure out why God failed His flock. Like I said, think in terms of prophecy rather than immediate actions by God. Jeremiah 3:15 is an eventuality, while Jeremiah 10:21 is the status of the conditions as they stand at that moment. That’s the difference. That’s where we see the prophecy in comparison to the revelation of the current circumstances.

We’ll cover more about this on Wednesday at 11 AM as we dig into chapter 10.

You will find plenty of debate on the topic of shepherding God’s flock. Some will deem that it is the whole counsel of God or nothing at all except a compromised message. Countless interpretations use the contents in various contexts and plenty of communication has left numerous congregations in confusion. In essence, consider the role of the shepherd. Modern day Christians tend to mix and match many of the roles in the Old and New Testaments. We need to end the confusion and work with some sense of clarity on these concepts in order to clearly hear and accept God’s message through His Word with confidence.

I pray that you grasp the fact that we can mistakenly mislead others with our own misinterpretations.

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