Friday, December 04 2009
Verse of the Day: V16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
V1 “Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.”
God assured His prophet Jeremiah that it was not because of Jeremiah’s failure as a prophet or his lack of faith, that the people continued in sins and wickedness, but it is because the people themselves had chosen to sin against God. Even if Moses (who received and taught the people of Israel God’s Ten Commandments written with the finger of God) was to stand before God and plead with God not to judge and punish Israel, God would still judge and punish Israel. Israel had willfully stretched the love and longsuffering of God and it was time for God to execute His judgment upon them.
Exodus 31:18 “And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony (God’s Ten Commandments), tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”
God also encouraged Jeremiah that even Samuel (the first prophet of Israel who showed or taught God’s word to Saul, the first king of Israel) was to stand before God and plead with God not to judge and punish Israel, God would still judge and punish Israel.
1 Samuel 9:27 “And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.”
V16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
The only remedy for Israel to be spared from God’s judgment was to truly love God’s word by eating His word like what Jeremiah did. To eat God’s word is to hide God’s word in our hearts that we may not sin against Him. Indeed, only God’s word can keep us away from sins, otherwise sins will keep us away from God’s Word.
Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to truly love Your Word and to enjoy reading, meditating, memorizing and hiding it in my heart that I might not sin against You.