June 19, 2021
"How can you say, 'We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us'? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed..."
“How can you say, “We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us”? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have? Therefore I will give their wives to others, and their fields to those who will inherit them; because from the least even to the greatest everyone is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; in the time of their punishment they shall be cast down,’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 8:8-12
It should not surprise us that Israel departed from God’s Word and followed after the “god-themed” messages of men, which were designed to minister to men’s fleshly imaginations of God as they sought after liberty without accountability. It should not surprise us because that kind of god-themed “theology” (which denies God’s standard by stressing His grace while ignoring the certainty of His judgment) pervades the church culture of our generation. And it should not surprise us because the apostle Paul warned that such a culture would arise in the last days.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Surely, as we read about the “last days” of Jerusalem, we must perceive that we are living in the last days. At least these surely must be the last days of America, for God must apologize to Jerusalem (and Sodom & Gomorrah) if we exhibit the same blasphemies yet remain un-judged! Beware of the pastor who promises the peace & prosperity of God (His grace) yet disregards His holiness & judgment.
“Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” Matthew 15:6b-9
“‘I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,’ Says the Lord, ‘And I will heal him.’ But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. ‘There is no peace,’ Says my God, ‘for the wicked.’” Isaiah 57:19-21
The peace that “passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) is not the absence of conflict or accountability. It is the peace of knowing Messiah and obeying His Word.