Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jeremiah 2:13

Jeremiah 2:13

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

1. “For my people have committed two evils…”

a. evils [7451 * ra’][Gesenius: evil, bad.]

b. The two evils are clearly listed in this verse, they forsook God and tried to make their own source for life.

2. “…they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters…”

a. The first evil they did was forsake God. Under the Old Covenant, God was the fountain of living water.

1). Psalm 36:7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

b. Under the New Covenant we have that same fountain of living water.

1). John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

2.  “…and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
a. The second evil was trying to replace God with their own inventions for living water, false gods, idols. As Jeremiah writes a few verse previously, they changed the worship of the one true God with gods who are not gods.

1). Jeremiah 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

2). Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

b. False idols can never replace the living water, the salvation that only the one true God can provide. They are as Jeremiah writes, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jesus states that men who have drunk the water that only he provides shall have in them a well springing up into eternal life. Jude writes that apostates are not true believers but have no water of eternal life in them.

1). 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

Jeremiah 1:5

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

1. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…”

a. formed [3335 * yatsar][Gesenius: to form, to fashion.][Strong: to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e. form a resolution):--X earthen, fashion, form, frame, make(-r), potter, purpose.]

b. knew [3045 * yada’][Strong: to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) (as follow):--acknowledge, acquaintance(-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, (un-)awares, can(-not), certainly, comprehend, consider, X could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be (ig-)norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have (knowledge), (be, make, make to be, make self) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, X prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have (understanding), X will be, wist, wit, wot.]

c. Some mistakenly believe that only the most important in God’s plans are known before they are formed in the womb. I believe that every human being born on this planet was known before they were formed. Notice the wording in the following verses.

1). Romans 8:28, 29 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

d. These verses have to be understood in the light of the truth that it is not God’s will that any perish, but that all come to repentance.

1). 1 Timothy 2:3, 4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.

a). If it is God’s will for all to be saved then it is obvious that God foreknew or knew them before He formed them in the womb. He designed all to be conformed to the image of Jesus.

2). 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

e. From these Scriptures it is evident that God foreknew all of us. Glory to God! As our loving God was forming us in the womb He was designing us in such a way that it would most compliment the plan for our lives.

1). Psalm 139:13-18 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:

2. “…and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

a. The only way to find out God’s plan for our life, to find out what He ordained us for or sanctified us for, is to first settle in our hearts to pursue the primary purpose for our creation, i.e., to be conformed to the image of Jesus. As we do that, God’s plan for our life will be birthed in our hearts.

1). Proverbs 3:5, 6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

b. The image we are to be transformed into is the image of Christ Jesus, as Romans 8:29 says, we were predestined or foreknown to be conformed to the image of Christ. The beginning and continuing of that process after repentance is renewing the mind.

2). Romans 12:1, 2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jeremiah 13:10

Jeremiah 13:10

This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

1. “This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them…”

2. “…shall be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.”

a. Issrael became “good for nothing” by refusing to hear God’s word, by walking in the imagination of their heart, by worshiping and serving other gods. When those in covenant with God behave in such a way, the become evil.

b. This exact phrase is used by Jesus to describe believers who had lost their usefulness.

1). Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

c. Weather or not we are useful to God is totally up to us, we by our behavior determine if we are going to be useful to God.

1). 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2). 2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

Isaiah 64:7

Isaiah 64:7

And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

a. NLT: Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.

b. NIV: No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.

c. Amplified Bible: And no one calls on Your name and awakens and bestirs himself to take and keep hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the [consuming] power of our iniquities.

d. Septuagint: And there is none that calls upon thy name, or that remembers to take hold on thee: for thou hast turned thy face away from us, and hast delivered us up because of our sins.

e. Stone Edition Torah/Writings/Prophets [Isaiah 64:7 is listed as Isaiah 64:6 in the Hebrew translation]: There is no one to call out in Your Name, who arouses himself to hold fast to You when You hide Your face from us and melt us away because of our iniquities.

1. “And there is none that calleth upon thy name…”

a. calleth [7221 * qara’] [Strong: a primitive root (rather identical with 7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications):--bewray (self), that are bidden, call (for, forth, self, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim(- ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.]

b. name [8034 * shem] [Strong:  a primitive word (perhaps rather from 7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; Compare 8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:--+ base, (in-)fame(-ous), named(-d), renown, report.]

c. This statement is almost unbelievable in light of the verse that says anyone who calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.

1). Romans 10:12, 13 For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

2. “…that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee…”

a. stirreth [5782 * ‘uwr][Gesenius: to be hot, ardent, to be alert, watchful, to wake, to be awake.] [Strong: a primitive root (rather identical with 5783 through the idea of opening the eyes); to wake (literally or figuratively):--(a- )wake(-n, up), lift up (self), X master, raise (up), stir up (self).]
b. to take hold [2388 * chazag][Strong: a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:--aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage(-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengthen (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong(-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.]

1). The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to stir up the gift of God in him.

a). 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

2). In Haggai there is a revealing look at a principle that I believe is vital to learn in regard to feelings. Feelings are nice but we can’t go by them. In the Haggai passage we see that the decision to obey God came first and feeling came afterward.

a). Haggai 1:12-14 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.
1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.
1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

b). Before the people received a stirring in their heart, they had to begin to obey God first, they had to start to walk in obedience. In my own life I have seen this principle prove true

3. “…for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.”

a. hid [5641 * cathar] [Strong: a primitive root; to hide (by covering), literally or figuratively:--be absent, keep close, conceal, hide (self), (keep) secret, X surely.]

b. thy face [6440 * paniym] [Strong: plural (but always as singular) of an unused noun (paneh {paw-neh'}; from 6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.):--+ accept, a-(be- )fore(-time), against, anger, X as (long as), at, + battle, + because (of), + beseech, countenance, edge, + employ, endure, + enquire, face, favour, fear of, for, forefront(-part), form(-er time, -ward), from, front, heaviness, X him(-self), + honourable, + impudent, + in, it, look(-eth) (- s), X me, + meet, X more than, mouth, of, off, (of) old (time), X on, open, + out of, over against, the partial, person, + please, presence, propect, was purposed, by reason of, + regard, right forth, + serve, X shewbread, sight, state, straight, + street, X thee, X them(-selves), through (+ - out), till, time(-s) past, (un-)to(-ward), + upon, upside (+ down), with(- in, + -stand), X ye, X you.]

c. hast consumed [4127 * muwg] [Strong: a primitive root; to melt, i.e. literally (to soften, flow down, disappear), or figuratively (to fear, faint):--consume, dissolve, (be) faint(-hearted), melt (away), make soft.]

d. because of [3027 * yad] [Strong: a primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from 3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote (as follows):--(+ be) able, X about, + armholes, at, axletree, because of, beside, border, X bounty, + broad, (broken-)handed, X by, charge, coast, + consecrate, + creditor, custody, debt, dominion, X enough, + fellowship, force, X from, hand(-staves, -y work), X he, himself, X in, labour, + large, ledge, (left-)handed, means, X mine, ministry, near, X of, X order, ordinance, X our, parts, pain, power, X presumptuously, service, side, sore, state, stay, draw with strength, stroke, + swear, terror, X thee, X by them, X themselves, X thine own, X thou, through, X throwing, + thumb, times, X to, X under, X us, X wait on, (way-)side, where, + wide, X with (him, me, you), work, + yield, X yourselves.]

e. our iniquities [5771 * ‘avon] [Strong: from 5753; perversity, i.e. (moral) evil:--fault, iniquity, mischeif, punishment (of iniquity), sin.]

1). Sin will put a barrier between us and God. It will cause God to hide his face from us.

a). Isaiah 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

b). Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

c). Ezekiel 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

Isaiah 64:4

Isaiah 64:4

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

1. “…men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

a. [NIV]”…no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”

b. [ASV]  “…men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God besides thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for him.”

c. This verse is quoted by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians when discussing revelation of spiritual truth.  Here we can see the differences in the two covenants.

1). 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world for our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

d. In the Old Covenant they were not revealed, but in the New Covenant they are revealed. Jesus began to reveal the secrets of the kingdom in his ministry.

1). Matthew 13:34, 35  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

e. The rest of the revelation of the New Covenant was revealed through Paul.

1). Galatians 1:11, 12 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.