Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Broken Covenant - Jeremiah 11

Jeremiah 11:4 "Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God;"

It was not a one-sided agreement. The LORD presented it to the people and they accepted. They would keep his commandments and he would give them the land that flows with milk and honey. They, however, turned to idols. It is so then that the land is being taken away because Israel and Judah broke the agreement.

v10 "They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers."

Down through the history, we can remember how Abraham was brought out and promised that he would possess the land. Jacob became Israel and twelve tribes were made. Egypt's bondage was broken and a great nation came forth to possess Canaan led by Moses and Joshua. Many miracles were seen on the way. Then there was David and Solomon and the great lessons we have during the temple building.

v8 "Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart; there fore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not."

We have the record of all this and of the prophets warning the people to turn back to what they were taught. They would not.

v11 "Therefore, thus saith the LORD, Behold I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them."

The returning from all this has been long and difficult for Israel. We have recorded the history of their trials. We see events unfold all the time. There will come a day when the nation is gathered and a new king will reign. It will be when Christ returns to heal the nations.

As for now, in this study, we are going over how the nation was lost and why.

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