The Power In Hearing And Doing

Jeremiah 2 is the Lord’s indictment against Israel. In verse 2 He says, “..I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.”

‘Kindness’ in the Hebrews conveyed the concept of covenant loyalty, love, and faithfulness. Betrothal was like a marriage vow. In verse 3 He called them, “…holiness to the Lord.” Israel was set apart by the Lord for Himself.

When they entered the land, they did not drive out all of the inhabitants. They learned their ways, and worshiped their gods. They decided to go their own way. They ceased to go after the Lord.

Hebrews 3:12-13 is a warning to us. It says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Jeremiah 2:13 described that departure. It says, “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Anything that we do in our flesh is like a broken cistern that can hold no water. Verse 11 says, “Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit.”

John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing. When we hear God’s word through our fleshly heart, we will do nothing about it. If our motives are flesh driven, we will error and fall short of God’s glory.

I have been really challenged as I am memorizing verses in Psalm 119. Verse 30 says, “I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.” Ask yourself: have I laid God’s word before me so that I will continually walk in His truth? Have I laid anything before me that will cause me to stumble?

Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”

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