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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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Shameless

Shameless

 

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You expect me to be ashamed,

To deny what I have become

And to only accept what the world has to offer.

I forsake the world’s treasures.

I reject the evildoers.

I shall not be ashamed.

 

Shame?

No, I feel none.

I refuse to accept the notion

That my beliefs should conform and not conflict

And that I must be ashamed of myself,

Ashamed of the cross,

Ashamed of My Savior.

 

Shame?

The shame is on you.

Shame on you for your cruel opinions.

Shame on you for your doubt and unfaithfulness.

Shame on you for your unbelief.

 

Shame?

As for me,

I shall remain shameless.

I reject any notion of shame.

 

Lamentations in the Storm

Lamentations in the Storm

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 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.-Psalm 119:11 (KJV) 

  

 

 

 Denzel Washington has truly been redeemed.  “The Book of Eli” has served as a true artistic redemption for Denzel in the eyes of many who had felt he had lost some of his luster after “Training Day.”   

Denzel had captivated our attention with his stirring portrayal of Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s “X” and wowed us to tears as an endearing father in “John Q.”  He even won us over as the cocky attorney in “Philadelphia” and the unconventional reporter in “The Pelican Brief.”  Denzel had our hearts and keep us going back for more, movie and movie.  And then came “Training Day”. . . 

 Fast forward from “Training Day” to “The Book of Eli.” It’s like night and day.  If you thought Denzel took you to the limits in “Training Day” with his cinematic portrayal of a dirty L.A. cop, then you really can’t categorize the stunning and suspenseful Eli that Denzel depicts in “The Book of Eli.” In case you were done on Denzel after “Training Day,” he will leave you lost for words in ‘The Book of Eli.” 

Why did we not get a lot of reviews and trailers regarding “The Book of Eli?” Hollywood is the answer.  When you consider the way 2004’s ‘The Passion of Christ” and “The Chronicles of Narina” were treated by Hollywood reviewers and film critics.  Think for a moment and recognize that we cannot seek the world’s approval while advancing the Gospel of Christ.  We desire the world to accept Him and His Word, not for us to be accepted by the world.  I praise those who venture out the cinematic norm to share movies with messages that cause us to reflect and return to the Word of God once again.  if you haven’t seen “The Book of Eli,” rent it or borrow it on DVD from someone.  It’s a great flick.  

By the way, let Denzel go on making movies in peace.  Truly, he has been redeemed. 

  

  

 

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