Jeremiah 10:1-10 Who Do Your Fear?

2014.10.08 21:45

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Jeremiah 10:1-10 Who Do Your Fear?

               

Thus says the LORD:

              “Learn not the way of the nations,

                     nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens

                     because the nations are dismayed at them, (Jeremiah 10:2)

 

You can say that the main theme of this book is God’s judgment of idolatry.  After nine chapters of announcing his judgment and impending punishment, God changed his tone and spoke to them sternly out of his love for them.  God told them not to be dismayed or lose courage because of fear.  Their fear was misplaced at the lifeless idols carved out of wood.  They were afraid of meaningless signs and teachings of false religions.  They were being deceived and, in reality, living under the slavery of the customs, beliefs, and ways of the nations among them.

 

But weren’t they already freed by God from the Egyptian slavery?  Then why did they choose to live in slavery to this world?

 

The truth of the matter is that God chose them, delivered them from slavery, gave them the land flowing with milk and honey, and promised them blessings with no end.  They should not have been afraid of the world.  God told them,

 

                Do not be afraid of them,

                     for they cannot do evil,

                     neither is it in them to do good.  (Jeremiah 10:5)

 

But sadly that is how most people, even Christians, live today.  Instead, God’s people must fear the Lord, because the truth proclaimed by Jeremiah: 

       

               There is none like you, O Lord;

                     You are great, and your name is great in might.  (Jeremiah 10:6)

 

                But the Lord is the true God;

                     He is the living God and the everlasting King.

                At his wrath the earth quakes;

                     And the nations cannot endure his indignation.  (Jeremiah 10:10)

 

For you, who have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you should not fear God of his punishment but stand in awe of his awesome power and his amazing love for you.  That is faith of a godly person, who will never fear the world, but draw only strength and confidence from God the Almighty.  Now that is a picture of a man or woman who will please God. 

 

Will you choose to follow the ways of this world and live in fear of losing your job, your marriage, your health, or anything you put your trust in?  Or will you choose to fear God?

 

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  (Romans 8:31-32)

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