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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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14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”- Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

Jesus started His earthly ministry after He had endured the temptation of Satan in the wilderness and after John the baptist had been imprisoned.   No, Jesus didn’t recruit folks and round up the angelic forces to rescue His older cousin John. No, Jesus did not use all of His Almighty power to thwart Satan’s schemes in the desert, just the Word of God(Luke 4:4, 8, 12).  What did Jesus do? Jesus started out with a ministry based on change and belief.  Change? Belief? Yes! John offered baptism of repentance, but Jesus called for repentance, seeking men and women to change both their hearts and lives. Jesus called for more than simply baptism as a sign of change.  He called for an outward change as a result of an inward change.  Also, He called for people to believe the Good News.  He wanted people to accept what had previously been an expectation.  Look at what Jesus did.  He started a message-based ministry in Galilee that called people to act and caused a stir like never before in history.

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