- there's a remnant of Israel, saved by grace
- the rest were blinded
- to provoke them to jealousy
- be not highminded, but fear
- God is able to graff them in again
- glory to God forever
And I will give them an heart to know me, that I [am] the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Jeremiah 24 compares people to very good figs, and figs that are so bad they can't be eaten. We should return to the Lord with our whole heart. Then we can be "good figs" :-)
The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What [is] the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Speaking the Lord's Word faithfully can cause people to turn and be saved. When the Lord gives us His Word to speak, we should speak it faithfully.
Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
Don't be telling people that the Lord says something, unless He really did... or you'll be sorry!
Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; [that] useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
If someone provides a service for us, we shouldn't wrongly use their work without paying them. When we're working on a project, we should build it by righteousness, not by wrong.
O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver [him that is] spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings.
We should do what's right early in the day, and in the morning.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.
This chapter talks about serious judgment for serious sin. We shouldn't be stubborn and uncaring about what the Lord says. We should be diligent to keep examining ourselves, and repent from our sins.
Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
We should look at our lives, and consider what we need to change, in order to repent from our sin and walk closely with the Lord.
[As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
I've been doing much work and school lately. This verse warning about getting riches by doing what's not right, is a good reminder again to make sure I'm painfully honest with my work.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
We shouldn't be like that.
ApplicationWhen I pray, I'll try to not brag about my righteousness or say bad things about other people.
And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
Don't imagine evil things or act from evil imaginations. Listen to the Lord.
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.
In a situation where it's difficult to rejoice, we should listen to the Lord's Word. We should rejoice to read the Bible and think about it.
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
We should be glad about the gospel.
ApplicationI'll work on preaching the gospel cheerfully.
And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on me.
The people rebuked the blind man for calling on the Lord. Sometimes when we set out to do something for the Lord, don't we turn back at the first little sign of adversity? Don't we actually feel relieved, like "Now I don't have to do that any more" because our heart wasn't really in it in the first place? That's not how the blind man responded.
We should be persistent.
I'll pray persistently.
- people ought to pray all the time and not faint
- we shouldn't trust in ourselves that we're good, or despise other people
- let little children come to the Lord
- leave riches and everything for the kingdom
- Jesus told about his suffering, death, and resurrection
- 'your faith has saved you'
This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
This chapter teaches that we shouldn't forget the Lord or trust in falsehood. We should glorify Him and not be proud.
This verse teaches that we shouldn't refuse to hear His Words. Especially, today I'll work on my imagination. We do we think about? We shouldn't walk in the imagination of our hearts.
If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] thou trustedst, [they wearied thee], then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
When we have a hard time in our current situation, we should stand firm and not grow weary. The Lord may be preparing us for something in the future, maybe even harder. Maybe He's preparing us for the persecution at the end of the world.
If having a little trouble wears you out, in this nice gentle situation you have now, what are you going to do when there's real trouble?
For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day [that] I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, [even] unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
We should pay attention to what the Lord says to us in the morning, and remember it.
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
We shouldn't learn to practice idolatry like people do who don't know the Lord.
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
This chapter talks about knowing the Lord, and not knowing the Lord. Those who wouldn't know the Lord were speaking dishonestly, and not listening to what the Lord said or following it. The Lord is good, and we should know Him. That's worth being glad about, more than having wisdom, might, and riches is worth being glad about.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
We should learn from the 10 lepers, to remember to thank the Lord when He does something for us.
When I'm not feeling content, it will help to thank the Lord for good things He's done for me. I'll work on that.
- it's very bad to sin against a child
- rebuke, and many times forgive
- even if we only have a little bit of faith, we can do impossible things
- obeying the Lord isn't doing something special, it's just our duty
- only 1 out of 10 people came back to say thanks
- everyone will know for sure when the Lord returns
- the day will come suddenly and surprisingly, don't look back
- one person will be taken, and another person will be left behind
I hearkened and heard, [but] they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
Besides Jeremiah himself, and Ebedmelech, if he counts, (see Isaiah 39), wouldn't you think that somebody, at least one person, would repent? Out of the many thousands, or however many people there were in Judah at the time, I thought somebody would throw himself on the ground and weep and pray to God for mercy and forgiveness at least for himself. But no man repented. That's amazing.
Just because nobody else is repenting doesn't mean there's not a need for it. When the Lord speaks to convict of sin, you and I should be willing to be the only one person or few people that are willing to repent, if we need to be.
This chapter starts out talking about the Lord's house. We can't trust in having a place where the Lord's name is, and say, "We will be fine" even though we do horrible things just because we have that place. The Lord has destroyed places He put His name, with horrible destruction, because of their sin.
The chapter continues to talk about sacrifices, and how doing sacrifices to the Lord wouldn't do the people any good. That's because they were doing sacrifices, thinking that would help them, but they weren't listening to the Lord or following Him! They were walking in sin. Originally, the Lord didn't command the sacrifices, but He commanded obedience. (v23)
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels [and] in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.Maybe I'm not stealing or killing, or things like that, but have I had evil imaginations in my heart? That's sin. We should make sure our thoughts are right.
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
We shouldn't be like the people of Jerusalem in this period of time. They had no delight in the Word of the Lord. We shouldn't look at the Word of the Lord like something boring we have to study. We should have delight in it.
O LORD, [are] not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, [but] they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Have you every seen little children stubbornly refusing to receive correction? Doesn't it seem foolish? But we could refuse to repent the same way. We shouldn't be stubborn like that.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Instead of being glum because of my circumstances, and often thinking about how they could be better, I should do the best I can with what I have. When the Lord sees me being faithful with what I have, then He might give me more.
I'll work on being diligent with my schedule and not wasting time.