Impressions from the Word- Jeremiah 47-52

For, because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be taken.” (48.7a)

The theme of dependence on man versus dependence on God never leaves the Scriptures.  Ever since the Fall not a day has passed where man was not guilty of relying on himself to preserve himself.  Pelagianism is everyones natural religion.  With this so apparent, how do we constantly forget?

In those days and in that time, declares the LORD, iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.” (50.20)

Here we see God proclaiming what Paul wrote in Romans 8.29-30, that God will choose a people according to his foreknowledge, call them out, and justify them.  This is the promise to the elect.  They shall be seen as white as snow, the burden of their guilty sin having been nailed to the cross with Christ (Colossians 2.13-14).

Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them.” (51.17)

Another denouncement of the man-made idols of gold and of wisdom.  Just because our graven images lie in our minds and not on our mantle does not mean that we are any less pagan than previous peoples.

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