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August 18 - Morning

"It happened because of the sins of her prophets
and the iniquities of her priests,
who shed within her
the blood of the righteous.
Now they grope through the streets
as if they were blind.
They are so defiled with blood
that no one dares to touch their garments.

'Go away! You are unclean!'
people cry to them.
'Away! Away! Don’t touch us!'

When they flee and wander about,
people among the nations say,
'They can stay here no longer.'

The Lord himself has scattered them;
he no longer watches over them.
The priests are shown no honor,
the elders no favor."

- Lamentations 4:13-16

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The Failure of the False Prophet is the Guilt of Bloodshed    

Jeremiah returns to hanging the blame for Jerusalem’s fall on the false teachers. The false words of Jerusalem’s prophets and the corruption of the priests make these two groups of leaders responsible for the death and captivity of Jerusalem’s people. This is the responsibility James warns teachers of in his New Testament book when he says:

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”James 3:1

Many of today’s preachers, pastors, Sunday school teachers, etc. should take a serious look at James’ warning beginning with his use of the word “presume” when he says, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers.” The word “presume” in the NIV comes from the Greek word ginesthe, which is the verb “be” in the present tense and means “to become” and continue “being.”

James is telling the believers to stop posing as teachers. The wording of the sentence indicates that there are indeed teachers, and teachers were necessary. In fact, James considered himself a teacher. But, James is also saying that there are many more people out there trying to teach than there are real teachers. Many of those who called themselves “teacher” where not really teachers. Yet, they erred by assuming the position of a teacher (pastor, leader, preacher, etc.) and presenting themselves as such to the people of God. These wanna-be-teachers would be judged for their failure and the failure of the people who listened to them. Arrogance and conceit will lead many to assume the position.

The problems begin when those who listen to a teacher desire to hear something different than the Truth the teacher is required to know and present. At that point the teacher will be forced to choose who they are serving. Are they serving the Lord? Or, are they serving themselves, and thus need the acceptance of people? Teachers will have to discern between their own views and the doctrine presented in scripture. Is the teacher interested in voicing their own opinions and worldly philosophies while they enjoy the sound of their own voice? Or, are they committed to hearing the Word of the Lord and proclaiming it? Do they know the difference between a worldly philosophy and the Word of God? Or, do they simply know what the people are willing to accept, what book is on the best-sellers list and what is being currently being taught at the recent church-growth-seminars?

Jeremiah says the false teachers (prophets, priests, elders) of his generation were guilty of the bloodshed brought to Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar’s sword. Jeremiah points out that the failure of these teacher’s philosophy, theology, worldview and their promises of peace have so utterly failed that these teachers will be rejected wherever they go. These teachers will be rejected because of the guilt of bloodshed associated with their failure to properly instruct their audiences. People will say to these men who pretended to be teachers and religious leaders:

Go away! You are unclean…Away! Away! Don’t touch us!” – Lamentations 4:15

There will be NO honor for these prophets, priests, teachers and elders in the place the Lord is sending them:

The Lord himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor.” – Lamentations 4:16

  Christian Quote from Church History
"It is true, a man that is born again of God, may, through surprise, or the violence of a temptation, fall into an act of sin: witness the adultery of David, and Peter's denial of his Master. But then, like them, he quickly rises again, goes out from the world, and weeps bitterly; washes the guilt of sin away by the tears of sincere repentance, joined with faith in the blood of Jesus Christ; takes double heed to his ways for the future, and perfects holiness in the fear of God."
- George Whitefield
Something to Ponder??

Isaiah 40:22 clearly identifies the earth as a sphere. Mankind still thought the earth was flat for another 2,000 years.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Abad (Hb) - perish (Eng) - The Hebrew word ‘abad refers to the disappearance of a person
or a thing. ‘Abad can mean “to perish,” “to die,” “to be lost,” “to go astray,”
“to go to ruin,” “to fail,” and “to be carried off.”
Leviticus 26:38, to die or cease to exist
Numbers 33:52, to destroy
Exodus 10:7, to be ruined
Numbers 17:12-13, the process of failing
Deuteronomy 4:26, carried away in captivity to perish in a foreign land

    A seal inscribed with the words “Belonging to Abdi servant of Hoshea” has been found. King Hosea was the last king of the northern kingdom of Israel.
    (Details HERE and HERE.
    Photo HERE, HERE, HERE.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will pray today when concerns enter my thinking.   "The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out."
- Proverbs 18:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
2 Kings 2 Zechariah 12 (520-519 BC) Jeremiah 38-39; Psalm 74
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Opportunity to lead someone to Christ

Avoid immorality


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

A view from the top down at Herod's three hanging palaces on the side of Masada.

A view from the top down at Herod's three hanging palaces on the side of Masada. (More details and photos here.)

Details of the judges Tola and Jair located on a map according to Judges 10:1-5.
  Details of the judges Tola and Jair located on a map according to Judges 10:1-5.
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