God Sets Himself Against People (Jeremiah 1:15)

slide_3    Then the Lord said to me: “Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.  For behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north,’ says the Lord; ‘They shall come and each one set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Judah.”  vs14-15

When the Lord comes against you, then you are brought down, and there is no standing. Scripture says, “There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord (Prov 21:30).”  There is no hope, so surrender: You cannot defeat God.

He comes against us for two reasons:  One, to humble the elect.  Two, to destroy the wicked.  He brings every knee to bow to Him, but only in this life can we obtain mercy.  It’s a sad fact that not everyone is saved, not everyone is chastened for their good, and many will be destroyed.  He says, “The Lord showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.  One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad.”  The good figs are God’s elect, chastened for our instruction, and we’re brought to Christ by what we endure.  He keeps us, teaches us, and He recovers us from destruction, disciplining us for good.  The bad figs are the reprobate, the Esau’s ordained unto destruction, and they WILL NOT hear, though He calls to them continually.  They are brought down to hell and must pay for their sins because repentance is in this life only.    

Do not be a bad fig!  It is unbearable.  Be a GOOD FIG BY BELIEVING the Lord Jesus Christ.  Spurgeon said, “Beloved, though you may have never had any ecstatic joys, or suffered any deep depression of your spirits, if you are resting on Christ, it does not matter one whit what your feelings have been or have not been.”  It doesn’t matter how you feel – how forsaken or empty, how weak or indifferent – if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then you will be saved. “For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame (Rom 10).”  Rely upon Him when the going gets tough, and bow.  Do not think, “All these things are against me”, but, “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and whips every son whom He receives.  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten (Heb 12:6-7)?”  Believe on Christ and know that God is doing good.  Ask Him for His presence and power in the Name of Christ and for His glory.

The wicked will not hear this, and you will die in sin.  You rebel against the instruction, seeking pleasure instead of God, and you go farther away by the good that He does, refusing to hear.  Hell will be your portion because you’ve fought God who is undefeated.  Even the devils do His will, so how are we to stand against Infinite Majesty?  Man is puny and small, but he challenges God foolishly, and it ends in ruin.  He won’t stick by the gospel, and when good news comes, he says, “No, this isn’t good.  I refuse to bow, I refuse to wait on Christ, and I refuse to believe”.  Matthew 22 says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and he sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come”.  How horrible is the end of such haughtiness.    Jude 14-15, warns, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”  He says, “Who would set briers and thorns against Me in battle?  I would go through them, I would burn them together (Isa 27).”  You have NO HOPE outside of Jesus, and if you won’t repent, then you’ll spend eternity regretting it, assuredly.  Weep now, rather than later, and turn, or wrath will cut you down.

Be hopeful child of God: People need to go through their affliction to get their blessing.  Some whom you mourn now will be brought to full assurance eventually.  Just as God controls the Northern Army, even so, He completely controls when chastisement is over.  You have not been left in this season of dreariness, but there’s a time coming of full restoration. God’s presence and power, long forgotten, shall return.  The Psalmist said, “When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.  Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them (Ps 126:1-2).’”  The Lord WILL do this for you, if you only believe, and He will do it for sinners who are right now struggling, disappointed in their sin, and far off from God.  They are bound, but it is to their salvation and not destruction.

Are you free from captivity, having learned from the Lord, and has He restored comfort to you?  Rejoice, and sin no more!

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