Perpetual Promises, chapter 1

To: Spiritual Israelites, a called out people living on promises, expectations; “in the world but not of the world.”  

After the flood waters receded, Noah built an alter, sacrificed  clean animals and birds; God smelled the aroma, was pleased and made a promise.

(Gen 8:21; “I’ll never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I’ll never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done. While the earth remains, seedtime, harvest, cold, heat, summer, winter, day and night shall not cease.”) Through Jeremiah the Lord gives more promises.

(Jer 33:25-26; “Thus says the LORD; If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Just as surely as I have done this, so surely will I never reject the descendants of Jacob. Nor will I ever refuse to choose one of my servant David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, I will restore them and show mercy to them.”) Lets back up to verse 20 and note that the Lord God is speaking of His rule on earth and His concern for people in various states of bondage.

(Jer 33:20-23; The LORD spoke further to Jeremiah. “I, LORD, make the following promise: ‘I have made a covenant with the day and with the night that they will always come at their proper times. Only if you people could break that covenant could My covenant with My servant David and My covenant with the Levites ever be broken. So David will by all means always have a Descendant to occupy his throne as king and the Levites will by all means always have priests who will minister before Me. I will make the children who follow one another in the line of My servant David very numerous. I will also make the Levites who minister before Me very numerous. I will make them all as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sands which are on the seashore.’  The LORD spoke still further to Jeremiah. (All God’s children will eventually be as spiritual Israelites.)

(Jer 33:24; “You have surely noticed what these people are saying, haven’t you? They are saying, ‘The LORD has rejected the two families of Israel and Judah that He chose ’so they have little regard that My people will ever again be a nation.”)

The Lord God Jesus was sharing these things with Jeremiah after having made the decision to disperse Israel for their covenant breaking to Babylon. The whole world is today as Babylon.

Jer 34:1-2; “The LORD spoke to Jeremiah while King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was attacking Jerusalem and the towns around it with a large army. This army consisted of troops from his own army and from the kingdoms and peoples of the lands under his dominion. The LORD God of Israel told Jeremiah to go and give King Zedekiah of Judah a message. He told Jeremiah to tell him, “The LORD says, ‘I am going to hand this city over to the king of Babylon and he will burn it down. (3) You yourself will not escape his clutches, but will certainly be captured and handed over to him. You must confront the king of Babylon face to face and answer to him personally. Then you must go to Babylon.

(Jer 34:4-7; However, listen to what I, the LORD, promise you, King Zedekiah of Judah. I, the LORD, promise that you will not die in battle or be executed. You will die a peaceful death. They will burn incense at your burial just as they did at the burial of your ancestors, the former kings who preceded you. They will mourn for you, saying, “Poor, poor master!” Indeed, you have My own word on this. I, the LORD, affirm it!’ “The prophet Jeremiah told all this to King Zedekiah of Judah in Jerusalem. He did this while the army of the king of Babylon was attacking Jerusalem and the cities of Lachish and Azekah. He was attacking these cities because they were the only fortified cities of Judah which were still holding out.”

Permanent slavery was never condoned by God,

but a means for loving welfare.

(Jer 23:8-13; The LORD spoke to Jeremiah after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to grant their slaves their freedom. Everyone was supposed to free their male and female Hebrew slaves. No one was supposed to keep a fellow Judean enslaved.” All the people and their leaders had agreed to this. They had agreed to free their male and female slaves and not keep them enslaved any longer. They originally complied with the covenant and freed them.”

(Jer 34:11-15; But later they had changed their minds. They had taken back their male and female slaves that they had freed and forced them to be slaves again. That was when the LORD spoke to Jeremiah, “The LORD God of Israel has a message for you. ‘I made a covenant with your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt where they had been slaves. It stipulated, “Every seven years each of you must free any fellow Hebrews who have sold themselves to you. After they have served you for six years, you shall set them free.” But your ancestors did not obey Me or pay any attention to Me:. Recently, however, you yourselves showed a change of heart and did what is pleasing to Me. You granted your fellow countrymen their freedom and you made a covenant to that effect in My presence in the house that I have claimed for My own.”

(Jer 34:16-17; But then you turned right around and showed that you did not honor Me. Each of you took back your male and female slaves whom you had freed as they desired, and you forced them to be your slaves again. So I, the LORD, say: “You have not really obeyed Me and granted freedom to your neighbor and fellow countryman. Therefore, I will grant you freedom, the freedom to die in war, or by starvation or disease. I, the LORD, affirm it! I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to you.”

(Jer 34:18-20; I will punish those people who have violated their covenant with Me. I will make them like the calf they cut in two and passed between its pieces. I will do so because they did not keep the terms of the covenant they made in My presence. I will punish the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the court officials, the priests, and all the other people of the land who passed between the pieces of the calf. I will hand them over to their enemies who want to kill them. Their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.)

(Jer 34:21; I will also hand King Zedekiah of Judah and his officials over to their enemies who want to kill them. I will hand them over to the army of the king of Babylon, even though they have temporarily withdrawn from attacking you. For I, the LORD, affirm that I will soon give the order and bring them back to this city. They will fight against it and capture it and burn it down. I will also make the towns of Judah desolate so that there will be no one living in them.” ‘ “)

Egypt and Babylon represents sin’s bondage and has evolved to being this world’s system of things today. It’s demonic bureaucracy: people become merchandise, thus the need to exercise freedom and come out from among.

(Exodus 13:21-22; When the Lord God Jesus delivered Israel from Egypt He went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”) Remember Jesus is The Light to the world.

(Neh_9:19; Yet You in Your manifold mercies forsake them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to show them light, and the way wherein they should go.”) (Review the attributes God expects His set aside people to develop and exercise toward neighbor, foreigner and enemies spelled out at Exodus 20: - 25:)

The Lord God Jesus was Israel’s dependency foundation: ‘it was said of King David’ “his delight was in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalms 1:2)

Believers IN are spiritually led to know, “the whole original Word of God is truth.” Truth sets people free. (See John 8:32) Truth is worthy of our contemplation, meditation, study, belief and practice. What went wrong? God gave Israelites and the world a stupor mentality because of disobedience. True to His characteristics, He has allowed Christendom, Evangelicals and all who trust their intellect; “stupor of mind because of their condoning unholy practices.”

Study Isaiah 51:20-23 and note the same principles are revealed to Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 13:12-14; “So tell them, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, says, “Every wine jar is made to be filled with wine.”’ And they will probably say to you, ‘Do you not think we know that every wine jar is supposed to be filled with wine?’ (13) Then tell them, ‘The Lord says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. I will also fill the kings from David’s dynasty, the priests, the prophets and the citizens of Jerusalem with stupor. And I will smash them like wine bottles against one another, children and parents alike. I will not show any pity, mercy, or compassion. Nothing will keep Me from destroying them, “says the Lord.”

(Jer 13:15-17; “Then I ‘Jeremiah’ said to the people of Judah, “Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant! For the Lord has spoken. Show the Lord your God the respect that is due Him. Do it before He brings the darkness of disaster. Do it before you stumble into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. Do it before He turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. But if you will not pay attention to this warning, I “Jeremiah” will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears because you, the Lord’s flock, will be carried into exile.”)

To this date Israel is scattered among demonic Babylon, but their deliverance is coming.

All people groups that use Jesus’ name and yet condone unholy life styles should take heed. Do we feel Jeremiah’s anguish in this age? All Jesus’ apostles and Paul particular, was inspired to teach in his letter to Timothy.

(2Timothy 3:16-17; “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”) So; how is it that people lose the capability God equips for good work? They yield to Satan who encourages “do what seems right to your intellectual training.” Satan is the scapegoat, his destructive Babylon type  confusion has the whole world in it’s bondage.

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