July 7, 2013

Jeremiah 10:1-16

Passage: Jeremiah 10:1-16
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Let’s review what the LORD said to us from Jeremiah 10:1-16.  We learned about the title Israel.  Israel has three meanings.  The first is the most understood those that are Jewish being the descendants of Abraham.  Secondly it referred to the ten northern tribes in the divided kingdom after the breakup of the nation during the time of Solomon’s son.  The third is the name of the people that have the heart for God as those of Abraham.

We saw this in Geneses 32.  Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, is in a struggle because of his faith in the LORD.  He sends his family on before him and gets alone with God in prayer.  He stays in prayer all night until he enters into the presence of LORD.  Jacob wrestles with God in what he is to do and will not give up or let go until the LORD touches him giving him a different walk than other men.  The LORD changes his name from Jacob, the surplanter, meaning one who undermines to Israel, one that has the heart of the LORD as a son a prince.

So, Israel stands for those souls in the earth that have the heart of Abraham and the promise of the Holy Spirit.  These souls live and walk different than those of the world.  We were shown Romans 9:6-9 that all that are of Israel or of Jewish birth as the seed of Abraham are not true Israel only those that are as Isaac of the promise of the Holy Spirit and as Galatians 6:15-16, the true Israel.  As the LORD speaks of Israel in Jeremiah 10:1, He is speaking prophetically of all that are the true Israel.

The LORD spoke to us how one enters into the true Israel to become the people of God.  Using the Bible as the evidence, we find Abraham obeyed the call of God and left his family home and traveled over a thousand miles to a place that he knew not.  When greatly advanced in age, being 99 years old, knowing that his and Sara’s bodies being old, he went into her and she conceived and bore Isaac, showing his life of salvation as a child of God.  Also, obeying God he took his son, Isaac, willing to sacrifice him.

Later, the apostle Paul, after declaring to Agrippa his conversion said I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision but went and preached . . . that they should repent and do works that prove your repentance, Acts 26:19-20. I have been studying this further and find that in every case, those that followed Christ Jesus prayed no “sinners prayer” but when they were called of God to follow Christ Jesus they followed Him.  This is the true Israel.

Today, our churches are filled with multitudes that have prayed the “sinner’s prayer” but they do not follow Christ Jesus.  Their heart was in the right place but they did not have a true conversion because there is no evidence of the life of Christ in them.  They have a form of godliness but have been denied the true Gospel.  Jesus said, “Repent and believe the gospel.”  Paul said, “Bring forth works fit for salvation.”  Once again I believe there are multitudes that had their heart in the right place but had a wrong conversion.  What about you when you received Christ Jesus?

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