September 24, 2017

Blind Stubbornness of the Israelites

We have on occasion seen someone present Scripture stating that if a nation repent and turn from their evil ways Yehwah will heal that nation. This may be the will of Yehwah but there is more to the story that most don’t take the time to explain.

It was under the rule of King Zedekiah when the children of Israel went into bondage of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. Prior to that time, Jeremiah, who was the mouthpiece of Yehwah, repeatedly kept telling the leaders and the people that if they did not mend their ways and return to the worship of their True Lord and away from idol worship and living lives of wickedness, they and their cities would be destroyed and sent into bondage under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar. They refused to listen to Jeremiah and in fact many sought to have Jeremiah killed.

In Jeremiah 18: 6-11, we read of the words given to Jeremiah by Yehwah. Often we hear of the promise that if we repent and follow Yehwah, all will be well. However, sometimes we fall short of telling the whole story of what will happen if we remain in our wickedness.

Yehwah places kings and presidents over nations for His purpose to carry out His plans not ours. As His words say below, He will do whatever he wishes of any nation, even to destroy it. But if that nation lives in wickedness and refuses to do the will of Yehwah, the risk is always there that Yehwah will “pluck it up, and to root it out, and to destroy it.”

Part of the lives of the wicked involves corrupt governments, causing harm needlessly against others as well as their own people. It also means the worship of false gods and idols and Pagan worship, hiding behind false beliefs, invoking the name of “god” falsely with corrupt intentions.

The more this country insists to call itself an “exceptional” nation, the greater the risk that it shall fall. There is little exceptionalism to be found in the wickedness of a corrupt government and a perverse people.

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter, saith the Lord? behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine hand, O house of Israel.

I will speak suddenly against a nation, or against a kingdom to pluck it up, and to root it out, and to destroy it.

But if this nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their wickedness, I will repent of the plague that I thought to bring upon them.

And I will speak suddenly concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom to build it and to plant it.

10 But if it do evil in my sight, and hear not my voice, I will repent of the good that I thought to do for them.

11 Speak thou now therefore unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I prepare a plague for you, and purpose a thing against you: return you therefore every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your works good.

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