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No Peace in Sin
Bible Passage Jeremiah 6: 9-15
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Jeremiah.

No Peace in Sin

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached October 21, 2022

SCRIPTURE πŸ“–
9 Thus says the LORD of hosts, “They shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel like a vine; pass your hand again as a grape gatherer over the branches.”

10 “To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are not circumcised, and they cannot hearken. Behold, the Word of the LORD is to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in; pour it out on the children in the street, and on the assembly of young men together. For even the husband with the wife shall be taken as well as the aged with fullness of days.

12 And their houses shall be turned over to others, together with their fields and wives; for I will stretch out My hand on the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD.

13 “For everyone from the least of them even to the greatest of them is greedy for gain; and from the prophet even unto the priest everyone deals falsely.

14 They have also healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.

15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, nor could they blush; therefore they shall fall among those who fall. At the time that I punish them, they shall be cast down,” says the LORD.

 

BACKGROUND ✝
The ruin of Judah and Jerusalem is here threatened and the siege is Jerusalem is announced by Jeremiah.

As expected, the reason God decides to punish the people is stated: they have sinned against God.

How lamentable are the desolation’s here described! The enemy shall so long quarter among them, and be so insatiable in their thirst after blood and treasure, that they shall seize all they can meet with, and what escapes them at one time shall fall into their hands another (read verse 9). “They shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine; as the grape-gatherer, who is resolved to leave none behind, still turns back his hand into the baskets, to put more in, till he has gathered all, so that they be picked up by the enemy, though dispersed, though hid, and none of them shall escape their eye and hand”.

Perhaps the people, being given to covetousness (verse 13).

The enemy will be as thorough in destruction as a grape-picker is in picking every grape he can find on the vine. Jeremiah hopes that some might be spared, but he can find none who will listen to his message. Therefore, he can announce only judgement (verse 9-11a).

In this judgment, no age group will be spared. All property will be seized by the plundering invaders (verse 11b-12). Other people will forcefully take what the people consider most precious: houses, fields, wives.

Common people and religious leaders alike are shamelessly corrupt, but all they have gained through injustice will be lost. Priests and prophets assure the people that all is well, when in fact the nation is doomed (verse 13-15).

The pastors took little care of the people entrusted in their hands and were not ashamed of this. They used fraudulent means to dupe people and to make unnecessary wealth for themselves.

LESSONS✍🏽
πŸ”· God shall take away all that we shall acquired if we shall not be with Him and obey Him

πŸ”· God cannot hold His wrath forever but will throw it soon to destroy all that we have acquired that hold us from listening to Him

πŸ”· God detests greed and gains made through illegal and dubious and covetous means

πŸ”· God expects Christian leaders to live up to expectation, no matter what, and be models for others to follow

PRAYER POINTSπŸ™πŸ½
πŸ’₯ Pray God to pardon us of all misdoings
πŸ’₯ Pray against greed and covetousness

CONCLUSIONπŸ“™
God will punish all persons who will not listen to God but follow their own desires. Should we all not be ashamed of our contributions to the way people perceive Jesus or see Christianity? Let us stand firm for Christ so we don’t fall too and perish.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections