Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 3, 2017

“Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 6:1-21.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin,
From the midst of Jerusalem!
Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa
And raise a signal over Beth-haccerem;
For evil looks down from the north,
And a great destruction.

11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord;
I am weary with holding it in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street
And on the gathering of young men together;
For both husband and wife shall be taken,
The aged and the very old.
12 “Their houses shall be turned over to others,
Their fields and their wives together;
For I will stretch out My hand
Against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the Lord.
13 “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is greedy for gain,
And from the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
14 “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
15 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
They did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.

16 Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 “And I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 “Therefore hear, O nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 “Hear, O earth:  behold, I am bringing disaster on this people,
The fruit of their plans,
Because they have not listened to My words,
And as for My law, they have rejected it also.”  Jeremiah 6:1 and 11-19.

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As we read through Scripture, we have seen so much of Scripture full of the wrath of God. 

Other doctrine presents a god formed by its own desires to be some type of Santa Claus god.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees the God of Scripture to be a holy and just God full of wrath against wickedness.  

And yet, other doctrine is like the false prophets in today’s Scripture: 

“…  Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.”  Verse 14.

In contrast, Reformed Doctrine is like the watchman in today’s Scripture:

“…  “And I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’”  Verse 17.

Other doctrine relies on its own works and its own wisdom and its own goodness and its own alleged free-will to maintain peace.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeing the “Total Depravity” of man such as is seen in today’s Scripture and God’s wrath against all wickedness, trusts in God alone to provide all that is needed for salvation from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through Christ’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

“Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.  …”  Verse 16. 

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