By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? (Jeremiah 7: 1-10)
My Dear, Friends, as noted in our text for this message, God has commissioned one of His prophets, Jeremiah, to stand at the entrance of His temple to warn His people of their impending destruction if they continued to disobey His Holy Word. He is warning His present generation of His displeasures of our blatant evil behaviors, also.
Personally, this writer attributes the main root causes of our present day gross misbehaviors among our populace is due to our placidly sitting by as the observations of prayers were foolishly removed from all public and educational institutions. As a result, some of us have bred generations of peculiar behaving and thinking strange children who are not aware of the difference between right and wrong and refuse to be taught to think and behave correctly.
This writer can attest to the stress of people who are dedicated to trying to educate this present generation of children but lose precious teaching time having to deal not only with the gross misbehavior by the children, but the wayward beliefs of some of their parents, also. These same types of misbehaviors are being exhibited in churches, also, with their proud on-looking parents thinking it’s cute.
In Psalm 144 verses 7-11, David beseeches God to deliver him from the hands of strange children whose mouths speak vanity and their right hand is one of falsehood. This adequately describes the performances of many of our leaders of today who are serving in many capacities. They honestly do not know the differences between right and wrong. Disheartening! PRAY! PRAY!! PRAY!!!
Love you much,
P.S. God also warns us against our fascinations with false gods…cell phones??? Beware, because our enemies are approaching swiftly. We are blinded and unaware of their approach because…