Jeremiah, the prophet, preached to Judah to repent. They refused and Jeremiah 6:15-19 tells how they rejected God’s patient call to repent. Subsequently they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple burnt, and the people exiled. Yet Jeremiah continued to preach.
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, we will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.”
This is one of the saddest and scariest passages in all of Scripture. When Israel chose to willfully rebel against God, they brought judgment upon themselves. God sent many prophets to warn them, but they said “NO”. What is even worse, today we have God’s revealed word given to us in the Bible. God is calling this generation to repent, but we, as Israel did, reject God’s word. We are setting ourselves up for judgment.
Please repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior. I would be very willing to help in that effort.
Remember our lessons on God’s goodness. Choose to follow Christ.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001