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We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD!
A remnant of Jewish people from the southern kingdom had willingly and against the will of God moved into Egypt to worship Egypt’s false gods. God did everything He could to bring them back to Him by finally sending His prophet, Jeremiah. But after Jeremiah’s harsh warning, the men of Judah, who knew their wives were worshipping the same gods as their Egyptian girlfriends, looked at Jeremiah and said, “We Will Not Follow The Message God Sent You Here To Give Us!”
When I read this passage, I am appalled. This is BLATANT REBELLION! This kind of pushback on the Almighty is abhorrent! When I was a kid, there were some things that my father commanded me to do that really made me mad. In my heart, I said, “Who does my father think he is, making me clean the garage again?” BUT I would have never said that out loud! However, here in this passage, this group of Jewish refugees living by choice in Egypt in order to worship the gods of the Egyptians looked at the man of God, Jeremiah, and said, “We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord!” Can you imagine looking in the face of The Pope, or Bishop TD Jakes, or The Archbishop of Canterbury and saying, “I will not listen to one word out of your mouth that God has sent you to give me?” But that’s exactly what these “Blatant Rebel” Jewish men did. In fact, “They Did More Than Think It, They Said It!”
This AM, I am appalled when I read what these men said to Your servant Jeremiah. I’m sorry to say that I’m running into more and more people who have become so rebellious that, like these men, “They Do More Than Think It, They Say It!” I know Your grace is sufficient, but sometimes I wonder how much more can You take? Amen