Instruction and Rejection

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein.  Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not hearken.

Jeremiah 6:16-17

This continues the sad story of the children of Israel.  God had given them everything and they had rebelled against Him.  He had chosen them, He had led them out of slavery, and He had given them the land of promise.  But, after all of that, they had turned their backs on Him.  Again, He here tells them to “stand in the ways” and to “ask for the old paths.” 

He tells them that, if they will do those things, they would “find rest for their souls.”  Instead of being judged, punished and destroyed, they would find rest.  All they had to do was return to Him.  But they refused.  The verse says that they said “We will not walk therein.”  What more could the Lord have done for them?  What more could He have given them?  They didn’t just stumble.  They didn’t just “make a mistake” here and there.  They made a conscious decision to reject the Lord and to have no part in Him or with Him.  Later generations would say “crucify Him!  crucify Him!”  They would shake their fists in the very face of God and tell Him “His blood be on us, and on our children,”  (Matthew 27:25)

Let us be ever vigilant that we do not react to Him as these people so long ago did.  Let us watch our own hearts and ask Him to help us keep them fixed on Him.  Let us not ever reject Him.  Let us ask for the old paths.  Let us walk in them.  Let us stand in the way with Him.  What a convicting thought!

 

4 responses to this post.

  1. “Let us be ever vigilant that we do not react to Him as these people so long ago did. Let us watch our own hearts and ask Him to help us keep them fixed on Him. Let us not ever reject Him. Let us ask for the old paths. Let us walk in them. Let us stand in the way with Him. What a convicting thought!”

    Convincing thought indeed, Ben.

    To walk outside of His will is to invite trouble in our lives. Praying we will heed His directions!

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. Afraid we have all been in that same place at some point or another. So thankful that He pursues and woos us back to Him, just as He did/does the children of Israel. Praying for my heart to be ever soft and softer still towards Him! God bless you Ben, for pointing out the way!

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