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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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1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting

Psalm 136:1-3 (NASB)

Daily Theme

Thank God for His everlasting and enduring love.

Give Thanks

Read Psalm 136 & meditate on God’s love, mercy, and lovingkindness. Spend some time reflecting on how God spoke with you through His Spirit to keep you grounded when you wanted to lose it or to help you remain steadfast when you felt like it was just all too much to handle. Think on it and thank God for where His love, mercy, and lovingkindness helped you endure and embrace your own challenges in your life.

For His lovingkindness is everlasting repeats over and over again in Psalm 136. It is equivalent to the modern popular music’s hook. But it creates a sense of assurance for the Bible reader. It makes its case crystal clear to the newly enlightened person of the faith. Read the blog of the Psalmist and see it in the shared poems and other expressions. It simply helps us to know that God’s love is here to stay and that this very same love is available to us all as we accept Him as Lord and Savior in our lives.

Give Back

Praise the Lord & invite others to join you in worship. Go beyond just a shared worship experience with others from within your congregation. Go to someone and ask them will they join you for worship today.

What that looks like might be different where you are. You might be able to attend worship in the sanctuary or outdoors. You might be in an area that restricts worship due to curfews and health regulations during this period of increased COVID-19 cases. Whether it be in-person or online, invite someone to join you and share in the worship experience together.

Go Beyond the Norm

Take things up a notch and invite someone to church, but also go beyond that. Pick up them for church services or invite an elderly person to brunch. You might be offering them the only interaction that they will get with another person all week. Do not neglect the fact that a small task or gesture on your end can carry so much meaning to someone else. As Judy Dykstra-Brown lays it out in her blog post, our actions prove our beliefs. Let your actions speak volumes about your faith.

This has been an adventurous journey this week. Look back at all that has transpired and what you have been able to do. Thank God for the opportunity to provide a blessing to someone else. Thank Him for equipping and endowing you with what you needed in order to bless someone else. Continue to look for those opportunities to show compassion and the love of Christ through your service and good works just like it is said in Drawing Closer to Christ and Lisconnect. Even if the other person does not take you up on your offer, you have been obedient to the leading of the Spirit and what God has called you to do.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

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I can do it.  I can pay my debt, find work, and even live at peace with my neighbor.  No, I do not a stimulus plan from the White House.  I do not need President Obama to give me a loan or design a program like “Cash for Clunkers.” No, I simply need to refer to God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and lovingkindness, and then I can keep going a little further.  It’s all the stimulation that I need.

I think of His mercy and grace when my brother turns his back on me or my sister has an ill word to say about me.  I am prepared by His forgiveness when those who have wronged and betrayed me do not ask for forgiveness or to be reconciled with me.  I hold close to His lovingkindness in order to share love and kindness with my brothers and sisters who have not been loved and who find it hard to love.  The Lord has stimulated me without any need for a stimulus plan.

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