Jeremiah prophesied during one of the most difficult periods in Israel's history. His people had forsaken Him, and God's wrath was imminent. But what should a godly person supposed to do? Leave the Promised Land? Desert the temple of God? Abandon the people of God? Or go on living among "God's people" -- who sacrificed their children to idols? Be content to watch the corruption of priests who cared nothing for the Lord? Accept that your neighbors gave God lip service, but their hearts were far from Him?
In Jeremiah 21, God answered those questions. God's punishment was falling on Jerusalem in the form of the Babylonian and Chaldean army. Those who stayed in the city would either die by sword, famine, or pestilence, or be taken captive. But -- God repeated Himself multiple times -- there would be no escape. However, those who would defect to the Chaldeans, they would live, and their lives would be as treasures to their owners.
Most of the inhabitants of Jerusalem refused God's unpatriotic "advice" and paid with their lives.
But what do I do when God's "advice" is distasteful to me? When I see His instructions as embarrassing? Or uncomfortable? Or contrary to something I value (but He does not value at the same level)? Something worth thinking about.
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.