Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 25, 2017

“This time I will make them know My power and My might; And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 16.  Here is a link to this chapter –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“The word of the Lord also came to me saying, “You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place.”  For thus says the Lord concerning the sons and daughters born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bear them, and their fathers who beget them in this land:  “They will die of deadly diseases, they will not be lamented or buried;  they will be as dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth.”

10 “Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, ‘For what reason has the Lord declared all this great calamity against us?  And what is our iniquity, or what is our sin which we have committed against the Lord our God?’  11 Then you are to say to them, ‘It is because your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and have followed other gods and served them and bowed down to them;  but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law.  12 You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers;  for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.  13 So I will hurl you out of this land into the land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers;  and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.’

14 “Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’  For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.

21 “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—
This time I will make them know
My power and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”  Jeremiah 16:1-4 and 10-15 and 21.

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In this chapter, we see that the LORD punishes, and the LORD restores.  The LORD demonstrates His justice through punishment, and the LORD demonstrates His lovingkindness through restoration.  The LORD does both things to:  “… make them know My power and My might;  And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”  Verse 21.

We have sinned like our fathers,
We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly.
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders;
They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses,
But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name,
That He might make His power known.”  Psalm 106:6-8.

Although both the saved and the unsaved see God’s power and God’s might, God causes only His elect, the saved, to understand and know and believe in the LORD.    

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault?  For who resists His will?”  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?  The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?  What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:17-24.

Other doctrine sees the LORD’s power and might but does not understand and believe, preferring to believe in man’s goodness, man’s wisdom, and man’s alleged free-will.

Reformed Doctrine understands and knows and believes in the incredible power and might of the LORD to save, the power and might to make those dead in sin alive, and Reformed Doctrine embraces it and teaches it.

10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He.

Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
11 “I, even I, am the Lord,
And there is no savior besides Me.
12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And I am God.
13 “Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”  Isaiah 43:10-13.


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