Archive for July 28th, 2008

Jeremiah 49

History continues to repeat itself in Jeremiah 49.  The target this chapter is the Ammonites and the people of Elam.  God declares that He is going to bring them down, to their knees.  Their issue is the same as all the other nations that have been brought to destruction – pride and rebellion against God.  Scripture tells us they are guilty of being a nation that “fondles his trophies and dreams of glory days and vainly thinks, No one can lay a hand on me”.  The nation is prideful and has been doing whatever it wants – believing it is on top the world.  Oh what a mistake that is.  We see it over and over in scripture – people begin to believe they are above God’s laws or that they are God and that never ends well.  So God makes his decree that they will be taken down and puts the punctuation on it with this statement: “I, GOD, say so, and it will be so”.  I love it when we can see God’s nature – and one of those things is the consistency and faithfulness He has to His word.  When God says it – it will be so.  That is true of His scriptures and what He directly tells us.  We can count on it.  Put it in the bank.  It will be so!  God answers prayer – another way He acts in faithfulness to His people and His word.  But we need to be sure we don’t fall into the trap so many nations have across history – believing they are the center of the universe.  Certainly that position belongs solely to God.  Not only is it not our nation, it is not you or me either.  We often bring that being center of the universe down to our own level and begin to believe the world revolves around us somehow.  Not so much I am afraid……

 

Scripture paints a clear picture of the issue God has with the Ammonites: “You think you’re so great– strutting across the stage of history, Living high in the impregnable rocks, acting like king of the mountain. You think you’re above it all, don’t you, like an eagle in its aerie”.  The pride just runs to the surface and these folks believe they are the center of history.  Have we started to believe that in our country?  Are we trekking down this same path?  I hope not because if we do, the punishment will be the same as it was for the Ammonites, Egyptians, Babylonians and every other nation that scripture shows us over and over allowed pride and self to taek control.  God is God and we are not.  We are a mere blip on the timeline of His history.  We must never assume anything else.  Oh how I pray we stay in our rightful place.

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