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Consequences of Stubborn Rebellion

Text: Jeremiah 6:1-15

Key Concepts:

  • The Lord abhors the wicked and those who love violence
  • Unless the Lord guards the city…
  • Jerusalem under God’s ordained siege

 

Believers, as children of God, love the idea of being untouchable because we have an invincible Father. Indeed “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31, ESV). But what does this statement truly mean? While God is for us, does that mean we will have no enemies? The Bible however teaches that we inherit the foes of God when we become His sheep. Indeed we can count the Devil, the world and its systems, and our own carnal natures as enemies. In fact, our enemies are formidable, desperate, committed, vicious and numerous. Jesus Himself warned us about upcoming trials and tribulations in this world which we all experience. Clearly, having God on our side does not mean we get to forestall all suffering. We may suffer temptation, persecution, reproach, material loss and failing health. Rather it means that no enemy will stand against us unless God allows it. It means our enemies cannot prevail against us. For in the end, everything will work together for our good (Rom. 8:28).  If we have God’s favor, who can curse us? Additionally, no matter how much the adversary struggles, we can no longer be condemned nor can we be separated from God (Rom. 8:1, 37-39). Indeed we shall overcome, for, “He who is in [us] is greater than he who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4, NKJV). We have been called out of darkness, justified, sanctified, and made secure in the palm of our Almighty Father where no one can move us. However brethren, if God were to be against us, who would then be for us? Who is mighty enough to be our strength, shield, provider, and savior apart from God?

The Lord abhors the wicked and those who love violence

The shortcomings in our relationship with God is the root source of the issues/crises we face in life. When crisis knocks on our doors, we are powerless (Ps. 11).  All the more so if we are under judgment. If the foundations on which we build our lives are destroyed, the righteous can repent and take shelter in Almighty God (Ps. 91:1). But it is not so for the wicked.  “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:18-20, NKJV). God is against those who do evil (Ps. 11:5). Therefore, to ignore God’s call to repentance is to run the risk of His judgment falling upon us. Mercifully, God will grant the opportunity for repentance before His judgment falls upon sinners. For God usually sends His warnings of judgment ahead of the judgment. Jeremiah delivered his warnings before the invaders arrived. The imperiled people of Judah had the opportunity to avoid judgment. Unless one lacks self-preservation, upon hearing an alarm, one should make sure to avoid the danger. For, ignoring an alarm leaves one exposed. What then shall we do? We need to heed the warnings. We need to examine ourselves and seek God’s righteousness (Ps. 139: 23-24).

Unless the Lord guards the city…

God in His mercy warned His people of impending incursion. He offered them a way out of destruction. “’Flee for safety, people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!”’ (Jer. 6:1, NKJV). The people could not claim ignorance since they had been warned. Brethren, this is good news for us. Now is the time for repentance lest we wait until it is too late. God is giving us the opportunity to mend our relationship with Him. If we instead carry on like Judah, then woe are we. Jerusalem, the beautiful city, was to be punished (Jer. 6: 1-3). When God ordains judgment on those who defy Him, who shall stay His hand? Truly, if God is against you, who will stand for you? Judah presumed on God’s mercy, even though they were warned of judgment. It is as if they had forgotten God’s holy character and His hatred of sin. Babylon, the enemy was coming from the north, ready for battle, ready to bring down fortresses (Jer. 6:4-5). God’s hand was against Jerusalem. He would no longer defending the city (Ps. 127:1-2). Clearly, there is no refuge for the Child of God outside of God. There is no true safety, no joy nor peace apart from God. Since God is life and light, those who live outside of Him, live in darkness and death. “Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Ps. 127: 1, NKJV).

Jerusalem under God’s ordained siege

The predicament of Judah was not an accidental one. “’This city must be punished…’” (Jer. 6:6-7, NKJV). The city’s judgment was decreed then directed by God. The violence and destruction that resounded in the city is akin to the conditions of our streets today. Likewise our leaders and systems are no less corrupt. This stench of corruption wafts straight to the holy God, while the wicked is oblivious and unfeeling about their own ailment. God’s sentiment about their situation is clearly expressed. “’Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it’” (Jer. 6:8, NKJV). This is the ultimate plea of a loving father who knows that danger approaches. A father who would love to spare His children but is rather obligated to chastise them. Judah, however, was deaf to the plea of her God (Jer. 6:10). In the end, the heart of the people grew more and more callous. Isaiah had a similar complaint to Jeremiah’s when the people ignored his warnings (Is. 53:1). Jeremiah when faced with the incredulity of the people shared God’s ire (Jer. 6:11). Indeed, sin and wickedness effectively incite the ire of God and lead to harsh punishment. Judah’s destruction would leave her children without a home, families, goods or rescuers (Jer. 6:12). For there was nowhere to hide from the consequences of their sins. The deceit and corruption perpetrated by the religious leaders (who were in it for profit) further instigated God’s wrath (Jer. 6:13-14). These leaders who blatantly lied, only added to the people’s complacency. “’Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all”’ (Jer. 6:15, NKJV). They were beyond feeling remorse. Consequently, the leaders would share the pain of their people.

In conclusion…  

Those who are the children of God know that being in the presence of God means there is true peace, joy, life, and blessings. When God speaks there is comfort, guidance and wisdom. Leaders who understand this truth will devote themselves to bringing people to God. And since God is holy, any nation is fated for destruction when its people can no longer feel shame over their sins. Indeed those who choose to rebel against God’s precepts, only have God’s wrath to look forward to. Flee then children of God from danger. Return wayward children to your God as you are and let Him shape and make you. For He is a merciful Father and His grace is sweet. Brethren, we have not strayed so far that we cannot repent. God Himself commands us to repent because He knows we are able to. Because He knows He has given us time to repent. If we refuse to repent, and consequently destruction falls upon us, can we blame merciful God or our own foolish stubbornness?

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