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O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us,
Do it for Your name’s sake;
For our backslidings are many,
We have sinned against You.

Jeremiah 14:7 (NKJV)

The Reason for the Desolation

God’s people had gone astray and refused to turn back to God in repentance. It sounds simple, but it gotten real sticky for a while. God explains it when he points how these people “have loved to wander” and “not restrained their feet” (v. 10, NKJV). In other words, God’s got good reasoning for not supporting or supplying this people. The desolation leads to a newfound devastation that creates desperation.

The Desperate Request for Help

The request in verse 7 is as close as the wayward nation gets to saying that they have stirred up the anger of God. It is the closest thing that we see to an outright admission of their own iniquities and how they trespassed and transgressed against God. Yet, they only seek a rescue. They offer no repentance for their sins, just acknowledgement.

The Response to Desperate Cries for Help

“. . . Do not pray for the welfare for this people.” [Jeremiah 14:11(ESV)]. God just comes out and says it without any hesitation. This seems to echo what God shared in chapter 11 about not praying for these same people.

In fact, this is only the follow-up to God sharing that it is time to remember their sins and punish them accordingly for these sins.

When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. (Jeremiah 14:12, NKJV).

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What if you had to stand trial for your sins, your every trespass and transgression against God and His Law?

God Accuses the Nation of Falsehood and Adultery

Could you imagine that?

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I mean it’s a situation where everything is turned around and upside down, and God directs an accusing finger in your direction and simply says to you before all the world: “And your sins have withheld good from you”[Jeremiah 5:25 (NKJV)].

Use the Bible Study Outline to Help

That’s pretty much how chapter 5 of Jeremiah seems to move. God laying out His extensive issues with Israel and Judah, especially their refusal to repent and return to Him. As we continue our weekly study of Jeremiah chapter by chapter, be sure to review the Bible study outline for chapter 5. It contains some key verses and passages from within the chapter along with some insights into this “astonishing and horrible thing” that God claims that they did among the people and throughout the land.

As We Continue Our Study

What I am truly getting out of this study is that God’s heart is on display. His character of longsuffering and lovingkindness seem to stand out as he pleads for Israel and Judah to return to Him. Yet, as we enter into chapter 5, I see another side of God saying that the inevitable is bound to occur and overwhelm the rebellious nation for her sins. I can see where God’s wrath is kindling with His anger that is set to burn against the entire nation which has said “As the Lord lives” but only meant it half-heartedly and without any real or authentic faith in the Lord (Jeremiah 5:2). The Moment by Moment blog discusses the correlation between the accused nation and the United States of America in its post on chapters 4 and 5 of Jeremiah.

As I read on, I am intrigued to see more of where God thrusts the prophet in the midst of His kinsmen. I am holding on tight and awaiting to see it all unfold.

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Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. – 1 John 2:7

John was pretty clear.  He wasn’t writing about anything new.  It wasn’t anything that the believers had not already heard, either directly from Jesus or quoted by one of the followers who had walked with Him during His earthly ministry.

It was the same as it was in the beginning.

There was already an “old commandment” and that was “no new commandment.” It all was the same.

Nothing was new.

Jesus said what needed to be said.  He said it all from the onset of His ministry.  He continued with it throughout His ministry.  He wrapped up His ministry with the same thing.

His disciples and apostles were to continue in what He taught them from the beginning.  New followers were to do so also.  No one was to add anything to it.  No one was to compel others to get circumcised or recognize new moons or other feasts to become at one with Christ.  All that it took was a faithful belief in Him as the Son of God, the Savior, and the propitiation of our sins.

Nothing was added.

We have all that we need in Him.  We have all that we are to follow in His Word.  There is nothing new to it.  There is to be nothing added to it.  It is totally complete.

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