TEXT: JEREMIAH 19:1-15.
🔑KEY VERSE “Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents” (JEREMIAH 19:4).

Before the “unsinkable” Titanic sank in April 1912 in the Atlantic Ocean, warnings were sent to alert the crew and passengers that they were speeding into an iceberg. But the messages were ignored. In fact, when a nearby ship sent an urgent warning, the captain of the Titanic was talking about the time chauffeurs were to meet arriving passengers at the dock and what meals were to be ready. Preoccupied with trivial, the Titanic captain responded to the warning: “Shut up, I am talking, you’re jamming my signals.”

Jeremiah went with certain elders among the priests to the Valley of Hinnom, a place that was notorious for the most hideous sin – the sacrifice of innocent children to heathen gods. Jeremiah, as commanded by God, broke a bottle symbolically at the venue to demonstrate how severe the coming divine judgement upon Judah would be for their idolatry and disobedience to the commandments of God. Israel was receiving some kind of final warning after ignoring several others earlier. At this time, God was about to deliver them into the hands of merciless Chaldeans and who would lay siege to their city until the people began to practice cannibalism. Severe hunger was waiting for them. This warning was again ignored until the inevitable happened; Israel went into a long captivity to Babylon.

Oftentimes, people are warned ahead of danger and refusal to heed such warnings has led to loss of life and property.

Today, sinners ignore warnings from evangelists and preachers of the gospel regarding the coming judgement. Like the captain of the Titanic, they are driving fast to their doom without paying heed to the danger ahead.

Don’t put off salvation. The door of grace is still open today for as many as would come in.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The route to hell comes after plying the road of procrastination.

BIBLE IN A YEAR: ROMANS 13-16.

MEDITATION

Modern man, ancient sins

  1. Shout it loud and clear vv1,2,14
    a. Jeremiah went to 2 strategic places to preach the word of God: the ever busy east gate of Jerusalem and the house of God.
    b. Bold attempts and strategies must be made by God’s children for all to hear God’s messages and warning. The social media and print media should be fully utilized.
    c. God’s messages are wasted when His children give excuses for inactivity and timidity.
  2. Some ancient sins now becoming advanced
    a. Half hearted devotion to God, desecration of God’s house (with carnal worship, entertainments, blasphemous jokes etc), strange and carry over of worship style from the world, abortion, human rituals, etc v4.
    b. Witchcraft, human sacrifice, sacrifice of relations for selfish needs etc v5.
    c. The modern man, with all its civilization, has not been able to break off from ancient sins but rather has advanced in sinning.
  3. Solutions and penalty for negligence
    a. God’s method is to first warn people through a language they should understand vv1,2. In this case, He used His servant and the symbol of a broken bottle for those who cared to listen.
    b. COVID-19 is symbolic of tougher days ahead for the unrepentant who will miss the rapture.
    c. For the warning to be meaning, the saints must cry aloud and preach repentance.
    d Study vv7-15 and think of how the ancient judgements are happening to the modern man in advanced ways.
    Lord, I repent of all my timidity and inaction in using all the media at my disposal to preach the truth
    Lord, I pray that the world will see the present happening as the finger of God and will be brought into genuine repentance
    Lord, I ask for mercy on this whole world for we are all guilty of sinning against your word
    Lord, give wisdom to your children that this period will be used to draw closer to you and prepare for rapture

HYMN Nearer my God to Thee

  1. Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
    E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
    still all my song shall be,
    nearer, my God, to thee;
    nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
    2 Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
    darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
    yet in my dreams I’d be
    nearer, my God, to thee;
    nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
    3 There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
    all that thou sendest me, in mercy given;
    angels to beckon me
    nearer, my God, to thee;
    nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
    4 Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,
    out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
    so by my woes to be
    nearer, my God, to thee;
    nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
    5 Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
    sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,
    still all my song shall be,
    nearer, my God, to thee;
    nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!