Well….have the computer back…
Sorry about the down time.
I think we would do well to immerse ourselves in the Word of the Lord as we draw near to the time of election next month.
We need to hear the Lord.
We need to walk in obedience.
In upcoming days we will look at how to pray.
Some of you “old folk” will remember this from previous times together.
To others it will be new.
To all, it will be refreshing.
But today, I ask that you take a few minutes of time to read a passage.
This is a passage which has been abused through the years.
This is a passage that speaks strongly to us today.
Do make the time to read it.
Ask the Lord to speak to you...I’ll have a few comments afterward…
1 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
Here is what occurred.
The Word of the Lord comes to Jeremiah…
- call the Rechabites together in the temple
- set wine before them
Jeremiah did so.
The Rechabites rejected the wine.
There father Jonadab gave them instructions (more than 200 years before) to
- drink no wine
- build no houses
- sow no seeds
- plant no vineyards, nor have any...no vineyards, no gardens, etc.
- dwell in tents.
They lived a nomadic lifestyle in obedience to the word of a father spoken centuries before.
The only reason they were in the city of Jerusalem was due to the Babylonian armies in the land.
The Word of the Lord comes to Jeremiah…
- Word to men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem
- Why do you not receive the instruction of the Lord?
- The Rechabites obeyed the word of their father, yet you do not obey My Word?
- The Lord had sent prophets with warnings.
- The Lord spoke to them, yet they did not listen.
- The Lord called them, yet they responded not
I suspect that the same is true today.
So many obey the commandments and precepts of man...often good things, things that do no harm...yet, we do not listen to the Lord. We do not respond to HIm.
So many in the Body of Christ are battling over the “commandments of the father”, yet we hear not the instructions, commandments, Word, calling of the Lord.
The Rechabites were rewarded due to their faithfulness...they would not be without a man standing before the Lord forever. They honored the word of their father. This is good.
Those of Judah/Jerusalem would receive all the evil that the Lord have pronounced against them.
God had spoken to them and they did not listen.
God had called them and they did not answer.
We know what happened to them.
What is to happen with us?
Choose today who you will serve…
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