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Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 50:32 – The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.    

 Pride (arrogance) was Babylon’s characteristic sin.  Pride comes from feeling self-sufficient or believing that we don’t need God.  Proud nations or persons, however, will eventually fail because they refuse to recognize God as the ultimate power.  Getting rid of pride is not easy, but we can admit that it often rules us and ask God to forgive us and help us overcome it.  The best antidote to pride is to focus our attention on the greatness and goodness of God.


Under Gods Command

 Jeremiah 48:29 – We have heard of Moab’s pride-her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness of her heart. 

 Moab was condemned for its pride.  God cannot tolerate pride because pride is taking personal credit for what God has done or looking down on others.  God does not condemn our taking satisfaction in what we do.  (Ecclesiastes 3:22), but he stand s against overestimates of our own importance.  Romans 12:3 teach us to have an honest estimate of ourselves.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 5:15-21 – Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.  Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?  Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers, May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe, a graceful deer-may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.  Why be captivated, my son, by an adulterous?  Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?  For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths. 

 In contrast to much of what we read, see, and hear today, this passage urges couples to look to each other for life-long satisfaction and companionship. Many temptations entice husbands and wives when marriage becomes dull in order to find excitement and pleasures elsewhere.  But God designed marriage and sanctified it, and only within this covenant relationship can we find real love and fulfillment.  Don’t let God’s best for you be wasted on the illusion of greener pastures somewhere else.  Instead, rejoice with your spouse as you give yourselves to God and to each other.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 4:13-17  Hold on to instruction; do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.  Do not set foot on the path of the wicked, or walk in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, do not travel on it, turn from it and go on your way.  For they cannot sleep till they do evil; they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall.  They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 

 Even friends can make you fall.  It is difficult for people to accept the fact that friends and acquaintances might be luring them to do wrong.  Young people who want to be accepted would never want to confront or criticize a friend for wrong plans or actions.  Many other people can’t even see how their friend’s actions could lead to trouble.  While we should be accepting of others, we need a healthy skepticism about human behavior.  When you feel yourself being heavily influenced, proceed with caution.  Don’t let your friends cause you to fall into sin.


Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 46:28 Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you,”  declares the LORD, “Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy your.  I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.”

 God punished his people in order to bring them back to himself, and he punishes us to correct and purify us.  No one welcomes punishment, but we should all welcome its results: correction and purity.


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 2:11 Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you. 

 Discretion is the ability to tell right from wrong.  It enables the believer to detect evil motives in men and women.  With practice it helps us evaluate courses of action and consequences.  For some it is a gift; for most it is developed by using God’s truth to make wise choices day by day.  Hebrews 5:14 emphasizes that we must train ourselves in order to have discretion.


Under Gods Command

Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 

Our capacity to feast on deeper knowledge of God (“solid food’) is determined by our spiritual growth.  Too often we want God’s banquet before we are spiritually capable of digesting it.  As you grow in the Lord and put into practice what you have learned, your capacity to understand will also grow.


Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 43:1-2 When Jeremiah finished telling the people all the words of the LORD their God everything the LORD had sent him to tell them.  Azariah son of Hosaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘you must not go to Egypt to settle there.’  But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”

 Johanan and his tiny band had come to Jeremiah for God’s approval of their plan, not for God’s direction.  This is a recurring problem for most of us-seeking God’s approval of our desires rather than asking him for guidance.  It’s not good to make plans unless we are willing to have God change them, and it is not good to pray unless we are willing to accept God’s answer.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 

 Our actions speak louder than our words.  This is especially true in the home.  Children learn values, morals, and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day.  If parents exhibit a deep reverence for and dependence on God, the children will catch these attitudes.  Let them see your reverence for God.  Teach them right living by giving worship an important place in your family life and by reading the Bible together.


 Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 23 9-14 Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble.  I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.  The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies arched and the pastures in the desert are withered.  The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.   “Both prophet and priest are godless, even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD.   “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall.  I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the LORD.  “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.  And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible:  They commit adultery and live a lie.  They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness.  They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

 How did the nation become so corrupt? A major factor was false prophecy.  The false prophets had a large, enthusiastic audience and were very popular because they made the people believe that all was well.  By contrast, Jeremiah’s message from God was unpopular because it showed the people how bad they were. 

      There are four warning signs of false prophets-characteristics we need to watch for even today. 

  1. They may appear to speak God’s message, but they do not live according to his principles. 
  2. They water down God’s message in order to make it more palatable.
  3. They encourage their listeners, often delicately, to disobey God
  4. They tend to be arrogant and self-serving appealing to the desires of their audience instead of being true to God’s Word.