Have you ever thought of God as the victim of an unfaithful spouse?
In chapter 7, God tells Jeremiah to tell the people of Judah several things. One is, “Change the way you live and act. Then I will let you live in this place.” And he tells them several things in particular that they should do. Then he lists His charges against them.
And He says, “Then you come and stand in front of me. You keep coming to this house where I have put my Name. You say, ‘We are safe.’” So they think that just because they go to temple, they’re safe. God says, “It is the temple you trust in. It is the place I gave to you and your people of long ago.
15” ‘ “But I will throw you out of my land.”
The people of Judah thought they were safe merely because they went to temple. They thought they were safe because they were not suffering at that particular time. They thought God would not judge them.
At one time, Judah had been great. They were blessed by God because they at one time did truly worship and follow God. But then they began to fall away. They worshipped other gods and began to do a great many things that God hated.
And now it has come to this. God is giving them a final warning. Destruction is coming if they do not change their ways.
Friends, God will not be mocked. He is a righteous and holy God, and He will not…He cannot bless a people who thumb their noses at Him. If He brought judgment on His chosen people, He will bring judgment on any people who refuse to worship and honor Him.
Can you think of one nation in the world that God should bless at this time in our history? Just one?