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What will the person who feeds on God's creatures do with the strength God provides? What will the person who works in God's vineyard do with God's wine? He will get drunk and pass out naked. Thus ends the generations of righteous Noah.
Jeremiah 4:7-20 King James Version (KJV) 7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. 8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us. 9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder. 10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. 11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, 12 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them. 13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim. 16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. 17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord. 18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. 19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.
Listen as Dean Elliott shares about how we need God to open our eyes as we face challenging situations in every part of our lives.
Throughout history, God has been a dweller. God dwelled with Adam and Eve in the garden. God dwelled with Moses and the Israelites in the Tabernacle. God dwelled with Solomon in the Temple. Jesus dwelled among us in the flesh. The Holy Spirit can dwell with us now!
Humans are frail and broken, both spiritually and physically. But it isn't about us, it's about God. So even when we get torn down, cracked or even broken, God is still stronger. And his presence within us is a treasure.
When God calls the boy Samuel to be His prophet, He reminds us of how much we need His word, and how much we need the right heart as we listen for His voice.
After making sure we all know we are talking about one Holy, Almighty, Triune God, who made everything that is, and enlightens all that is dark, and brings life to all that is dead, John wants us to know that THIS God became just like us and took up residence so close to us that we cannot escape Him.
This passage is the pinnacle of the book of Exodus -- the holy LORD of all creation comes to dwell with his people. God's presence demonstrated his power, guided Israel, and extended mercy. This is true for us today, as well; through the Holy Spirit and by the cross, God's presence empowers us, guides us, and extends daily mercy.