Things That Do Not Profit

The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Jeremiah 2:8

The previous verses tell of the nation of Israel rejecting the Lord even after all of the wonderous things that He had done for them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt and into the Promised Land.  It is sad when any people reject the Lord.  But this verse gets even more sad.  Look at these groups of people and the things that they are guilty of:

1. “The priests said not, Where is the Lord?”
-If anybody should be aware of the presence of the Lord, it should have been the priest of the Lord.  But this verse tells us that even the priests weren’t aware that His presence was gone.  Those who should have been closest to Him didn’t even know that His glory had departed.

2. “They that handle the law knew me not.”
-Again, it’s bad enough that the people didn’t know the Lord.  The law was God’s personal instructions to His people.  Those people who handled the law should have had more knowledge of Him than anyone else.  Yet even they did not even know Him.

3. “The pastors also transgressed against me.”
-Of all people, one would think that the pastors would be ones that would not transgress against Him.  But they, along with the rest of the people, had transgressed against Him.

4. “The prophets prophesied by Baal.”
-How much worse can you get?  The prophets, who are supposed to be telling the people what the Lord has said, were prophesying by a false god!  And not just any false god, but Baal – the same Baal that the true God had defeated over and over again as the Israelites possessed the Promised Land.

The verse ends with a sad statement that I fear characterizes too many Christians today: they “walked after things that do not profit.”  How many times have we “walked after things that do not profit?”  How many people do we know who are walking after things that do not profit?  Let us not be found among these people who rejected the Lord and walked after things that do not profit!

2 responses to this post.

  1. That is something that I can ask myself each day, throughout the day. Am I doing what’s most important to Him? Or what doesn’t profit His Kingdom? God bless you, Ben, and these posts that keep us in His word and with Him.


    • That is an important question to ask. And usually a difficult one, too. When I look at my life, I see myself doing so many things that really aren’t that important. I’m asking Him to help me weed those things out so I will be better able to serve Him!


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