Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 13, 2017

“for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+26&version=NASB

“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord, saying, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah who have come to worship in the Lord’s house all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them.  Do not omit a word!  Perhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.’  And you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you, to listen to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I have been sending to you again and again, but you have not listened;  then I will make this house like Shiloh, and this city I will make a curse to all the nations of the earth.”’”

The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord.  When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You must die!  Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord saying, ‘This house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate, without inhabitant’?”  And all the people gathered about Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and to all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard.  Now therefore amend your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God;  and the Lord will change His mind about the misfortune which He has pronounced against you.  But as for me, behold, I am in your hands;  do with me as is good and right in your sight.  Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants;  for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”  Jeremiah 26:1-9 and 12-15.
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In the beginning, chapter 1 of the book of Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.

“I will pronounce My judgments on them (against all of the cities of Judah) concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.  Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you.  Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.  Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.  They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 1:16-19.

When Jeremiah was seized by the priests and the prophets, and they said “You must die!”, I am not sure if Jeremiah remembered the words:  “They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”, because Jeremiah did say to them:  “But as for me, behold, I am in your hands;  do with me as is good and right in your sight.  Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants;  for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”  Verses 14-15.

Jeremiah seemed to forget himself and the things that were his.  But, Jeremiah remembered and spoke every word of what the LORD commanded him to speak to the people. 

The following is one of the “slide show” quotes at the Home Page of the web site of the Protestant Reformed Churches.  Here is a link – http://www.prca.org/

“We are not our own;  therefore, let us not make it our end to seek what may be agreeable to our carnal nature.  We are not our own; therefore, as far as possible, let us forget ourselves and the things that are ours.” ~ John Calvin.

“Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.”  Heidelberg Catechism.

“for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord;  therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”  Romans 14:8.


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