Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000649
00:15 Hello, and welcome to "His Words are Life."
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today
00:19 we're going to be reading in the Book of Jeremiah.
00:22 But let's pray together before we start.
00:24 Dear God, thank you so much for another opportunity
00:27 to sit here and to read Your word.
00:31 Please, be with us now
00:32 as we listen to this message from You
00:37 and You have preserved it through the years
00:39 for the time that we're hearing it now.
00:41 Please, show us what You would have us
00:42 to learn through your Holy Spirit.
00:44 Thank you for hearing our prayer, amen.
00:47 Reading in the Book of Jeremiah Chapter 2,
00:50 and starting with verse 18.
00:52 This is the Kings James Version.
00:56 "And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt,
00:59 to drink the waters of Sihor?
01:02 Or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
01:04 to drink the waters of the river?
01:06 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee,
01:09 and thy backslidings shall reprove thee,
01:12 know therefore and see that, it is an evil thing and bitter,
01:17 that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God,
01:20 and that my fear is not in thee,
01:22 saith the Lord God of hosts.
01:24 For of old time I have broken thy yoke,
01:27 and burst thy bands, and thou saidst,
01:30 I will not transgress, when upon every high hill
01:33 and under every green tree thou wanderest,
01:37 playing the harlot.
01:39 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine,
01:42 wholly a right seed,
01:44 how then art thou turned into the degenerate
01:47 plant of a strange vine unto me?
01:51 For though thou wash thee with nitre,
01:53 and take thee much soap,
01:56 yet thine iniquity is marked before me,
01:58 saith the Lord God.
02:00 How canst thou say, I am not polluted,
02:02 I have not gone after Baalim?
02:04 See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done,
02:09 thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways,
02:13 A wild ass used to the wilderness,
02:15 that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure,
02:18 in her occasion who can turn her away?
02:21 All they that seek her will not weary themselves,
02:24 in her month they shall find her.
02:27 Withhold thy foot from being unshod,
02:30 and thy throat from thirst, but thou saidst,
02:32 there is no hope, no, for I have loved strangers,
02:35 and after them will I go.
02:39 As the thief is ashamed when he is found,
02:42 so is the house of Israel ashamed,
02:44 they, their kings, their princes,
02:46 and their priests, and their prophets.
02:49 Saying to a stock, thou art my father,
02:52 and to a stone, thou hast brought me forth,
02:56 for they have turned their back unto me,
02:58 and not their face,
03:00 but in the time of their trouble they will say,
03:02 arise, and save us.
03:05 But where are thy Gods that thou hast made thee?
03:08 Let them arise,
03:09 if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble,
03:11 for according to the number
03:12 of thy cities are thy Gods, O Judah.
03:15 Wherefore will ye plead with me?
03:17 Ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord.
03:21 In vain have I smitten your children,
03:23 they received no correction,
03:25 your own sword hath devoured your prophets,
03:28 like a destroying lion.
03:31 O generation, see ye the word of the Lord.
03:34 Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?
03:37 A land of darkness?
03:39 Wherefore say my people,
03:40 We are Lords, we will come no more unto thee?
03:44 Can a maid forget her ornaments,
03:46 or a bride her attire?
03:49 Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
03:53 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?
03:56 Therefore hast thou also taught
03:58 the wicked ones thy ways?
03:59 Also in thy skirts is found
04:01 the blood of the souls of the poor innocents,
04:04 I have not found it by secret search,
04:06 but upon all these.
04:08 Yet thou sayest, because I am innocent,
04:11 surely his anger shall turn from me.
04:14 Behold, I will plead with thee,
04:16 because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
04:18 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way?
04:23 Thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt,
04:25 as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
04:28 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him,
04:29 and thine hands upon thine head,
04:31 for the Lord hath rejected thy confidences,
04:34 and thou shalt not prosper in them."
04:37 Continuing in Jeremiah Chapter 3,
04:40 and this is the King James Version.
04:43 "They say, if a man put away his wife,
04:46 and she go from him, and become another man's,
04:48 shall he return unto her again?
04:51 Shall not that land be greatly polluted?
04:54 But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers,
04:57 yet return again to me, saith the Lord.
05:01 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places,
05:03 and see where thou hast not been lien with.
05:06 In the ways hast thou sat for them,
05:09 as the Arabian in the wilderness,
05:10 and thou hast polluted
05:11 the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
05:14 Therefore the showers have been withholden,
05:16 and there hath been no latter rain,
05:21 and thou hadst a whore's forehead,
05:23 thou refused to be ashamed.
05:26 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me,
05:29 my father, thou art the guide of my youth?
05:33 Will he reserve his anger for ever?
05:35 Will he keep it to the end?
05:37 Behold, thou hast spoken
05:38 and done evil things as thou couldest.
05:42 The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king,
05:46 Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done?
05:50 She is gone up upon every high mountain
05:52 and under every green tree,
05:54 and there hath played the harlot.
05:57 And I said after she had done all these things,
06:00 turn thou unto me. But she returned not.
06:03 And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
06:07 And I saw, when for all the causes
06:09 whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery
06:12 I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce,
06:17 yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not,
06:20 but went and played the harlot also.
06:23 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom,
06:26 that she defiled the land,
06:27 and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
06:30 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah
06:33 hath not turned unto me with her whole heart,
06:36 but feignedly, saith the Lord.
06:40 And the Lord said unto me,
06:41 the backsliding Israel hath justified herself
06:44 more than treacherous Judah.
06:46 Go and proclaim these words toward the north,
06:48 and say, return, thou backsliding Israel,
06:51 saith the Lord,
06:52 and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you,
06:55 for I am merciful, saith the Lord,
06:58 and I will not keep anger for ever.
07:01 Only acknowledge thine iniquity,
07:03 that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God,
07:06 and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers
07:09 under every green tree,
07:10 and ye have not obeyed my voice,
07:12 saith the Lord.
07:13 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord,
07:16 for I am married unto you,
07:18 and I will take you one of a city,
07:20 and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion,
07:23 and I will give you pastors according to mine heart,
07:25 which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
07:29 And it shall come to pass,
07:30 when ye be multiplied and increased in the land,
07:33 in those days, saith the Lord,
07:34 they shall say no more,
07:36 The ark of the covenant of the Lord,
07:38 neither shall it come to mind,
07:39 neither shall they remember it,
07:40 neither shall they visit it,
07:41 neither shall that be done any more.
07:45 At that time they shall call Jerusalem
07:47 the throne of the Lord,
07:48 and all the nations shall be gathered unto it,
07:51 to the name of the Lord,
07:52 to Jerusalem, neither shall they walk
07:53 any more after the imagination
07:55 of their evil heart.
07:57 In those days the house of Judah
07:59 shall walk with the house of Israel,
08:00 and they shall come together out of the land
08:03 of the north to the land that I have given
08:05 for an inheritance unto your fathers.
08:08 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children,
08:11 and give thee a pleasant land,
08:13 a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations?
08:17 And I said, thou shalt call me,
08:18 my father, and shalt not turn away from me.
08:22 Surely as a wife treacherously
08:24 departeth from her husband,
08:25 so have ye dealt treacherously with me,
08:27 O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
08:30 A voice was heard upon the high places,
08:32 weeping and supplications of the children of Israel,
08:36 for they have perverted their way,
08:37 and they have forgotten the Lord their God.
08:40 Return, ye backsliding children,
08:42 and I will heal your backslidings.
08:45 Behold, we come unto thee,
08:47 for thou art the Lord our God.
08:50 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills,
08:54 and from the multitude of mountains,
08:56 truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
09:00 For shame hath devoured
09:01 the labor of our fathers from our youth,
09:03 their flocks and their herds,
09:04 their sons and their daughters.
09:06 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us,
09:10 for we have sinned against the Lord our God,
09:12 we and our fathers,
09:13 from our youth even unto this day,
09:15 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God."
09:19 Continuing to read in Jeremiah Chapter 4,
09:22 and this is the King James Version.
09:26 "If thou wilt return, O Israel,
09:27 saith the Lord, return unto me,
09:30 and if thou wilt put away
09:31 thine abominations out of my sight,
09:34 then shalt thou not remove?
09:36 And thou shalt swear,
09:37 The Lord liveth, in truth,
09:39 in judgment, and in righteousness,
09:42 and the nations shall bless themselves in him,
09:45 and in him shall they glory.
09:48 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah
09:51 and Jerusalem, break up your fallow ground,
09:54 and sow not among thorns.
09:57 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
09:59 and take away the foreskins of your heart,
10:01 ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
10:03 lest my fury come forth like fire,
10:06 and burn that none can quench it,
10:08 because of the evil of your doings.
10:11 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem,
10:14 and say, blow ye the trumpet in the land,
10:17 cry, gather together, and say, assemble yourselves,
10:20 and let us go into the defenced cities.
10:23 Set up the standard toward Zion,
10:25 retire, stay not,
10:28 for I will bring evil from the north,
10:30 and a great destruction.
10:32 The lion is come up from his thicket,
10:35 and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way,
10:38 he is gone forth from his place
10:40 to make thy land desolate,
10:41 and thy cities shall be laid waste,
10:44 without an inhabitant.
10:46 For this gird you with sackcloth,
10:50 lament and howl,
10:51 for the fierce anger of the Lord
10:54 is not turned back from us.
10:56 And it shall come to pass at that day,
10:58 saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish,
11:02 and the heart of the princes,
11:03 and the priests shall be astonished,
11:05 and the prophets shall wonder.
11:08 Then said I, Ah, Lord God!
11:12 Surely thou hast greatly deceived this people
11:15 and Jerusalem, saying, ye shall have peace,
11:17 whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.
11:21 At that time shall it be said to this people
11:24 and to Jerusalem,
11:25 a dry wind of the high places in the wilderness
11:28 toward the daughter of my people,
11:29 not to fan, nor to cleanse,
11:32 even a full wind from those places shall come unto me,
11:35 now also will I give sentence against them.
11:39 Behold, he shall come up as clouds,
11:41 and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind,
11:44 his horses are swifter than eagles.
11:46 Woe unto us, for we are spoiled.
11:50 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness,
11:53 that thou mayest be saved.
11:56 How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
12:00 For a voice declareth from Dan,
12:02 and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.
12:05 Make ye mention to the nations,
12:07 behold, publish against Jerusalem,
12:09 that watchers come from a far country,
12:12 and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.
12:15 As keepers of a field,
12:17 are they against her round about,
12:20 because she hath been rebellious against me,
12:23 saith the Lord.
12:25 Thy way and thy doings
12:26 have procured these things unto thee,
12:29 this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter,
12:33 because it reacheth unto thine heart.
12:36 My bowels, my bowels!
12:38 I am pained at my very heart, my heart maketh a noise in me,
12:42 I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard,
12:45 O my soul, the sound of the trumpet,
12:48 the alarm of war.
12:50 Destruction upon destruction is cried,
12:52 for the whole land is spoiled, suddenly are my tents spoiled,
12:56 and my curtains in a moment.
12:58 How long shall I see the standard,
13:00 and hear the sound of the trumpet?
13:02 For my people is foolish, they have not known me,
13:06 they are sottish children,
13:07 and they have none understanding,
13:09 they are wise to do evil,
13:12 but to do good they have no knowledge.
13:15 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void,
13:20 and the heavens, and they had no light
13:23 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled,
13:26 and all the hills moved lightly.
13:28 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man,
13:31 and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
13:34 I beheld, and, lo,
13:36 the fruitful place was a wilderness,
13:38 and all the cities thereof were broken down
13:41 at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.
13:45 For thus hath the Lord said,
13:46 the whole land shall be desolate,
13:49 yet will I not make a full end.
13:53 For this shall the earth mourn,
13:54 and the heavens above be black,
13:58 because I have spoken it, I have purposed it,
14:01 and will not repent,
14:03 neither will I turn back from it.
14:06 The whole city shall flee
14:07 for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen,
14:10 they shall go into thickets,
14:11 and climb up upon the rocks,
14:13 every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
14:18 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do?
14:21 Though thou closest thyself with crimson,
14:24 though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold,
14:27 though thou rentest thy face with painting,
14:29 in vain shalt thou make thyself fair,
14:32 thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life."