Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000656
00:15 Hello and welcome back to "His Words are Life."
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today we are
00:20 reading in the book of Jeremiah.
00:21 But let's pray together before we start.
00:24 Dear Heavenly Father, please come
00:27 and still our hearts right now
00:30 and take away the noise of all that might be
00:33 going on in our lives at this moment.
00:37 And let us hear from the prince of peace,
00:40 the words that you have for us today.
00:43 Thank you for loving us. We love you so much, Amen.
00:49 We're reading in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 23,
00:53 beginning in verse 4 and this is the King James Version.
00:57 "And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them,
01:01 and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed,
01:06 neither shall they be lacking saith the Lord.
01:09 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
01:12 that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch,
01:16 and a King shall reign and prosper,
01:18 and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
01:23 In his days Judah shall be saved,
01:24 and Israel shall dwell safely,
01:27 and this is his name whereby he shall be called,
01:31 the Lord our righteousness.
01:34 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
01:37 that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth,
01:40 which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt,
01:43 But, The Lord liveth, which brought up
01:46 and which led the seed of the house of Israel
01:49 out of the north country, and from all countries
01:51 whither I had driven them,
01:54 and they shall dwell in their own land.
01:57 Mine heart within me is broken
01:59 because of the prophets, all my bones shake,
02:01 I am like a drunken man,
02:02 and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord,
02:06 and because of the words of his holiness.
02:10 For the land is full of adulterers,
02:12 for because of swearing the land mourneth,
02:15 the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up,
02:19 and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
02:25 For both prophet and priest are profane,
02:28 yea, in my house have I found their wickedness,
02:32 saith the Lord.
02:33 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery
02:37 ways in the darkness, they shall be driven on,
02:40 and fall therein, for I will bring evil upon them,
02:44 even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
02:47 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria,
02:51 they prophesied in Baal,
02:53 and caused my people Israel to err.
02:56 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem
02:59 an horrible thing, they commit adultery, and walk in lies,
03:04 they strengthen also the hands of evildoers,
03:07 that none doth return from his wickedness,
03:11 they are all of them unto me as Sodom,
03:13 and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
03:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts
03:18 concerning the prophets, Behold, I will feed them
03:21 with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall,
03:26 for from the prophets of Jerusalem
03:28 is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
03:33 Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
03:35 hearken not unto the words of the prophets
03:38 that prophesy unto you, they make you vain,
03:42 they speak a vision of their own heart,
03:45 and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
03:48 They say still unto them that despise me,
03:52 the Lord hath said, ye shall have peace,
03:54 and they say unto every one that walketh
03:56 after the imagination of his own heart,
03:59 no evil shall come upon you.
04:02 For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord,
04:04 and hath perceived and heard his word?
04:06 who hath marked his word, and heard it?
04:10 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury,
04:13 even a grievous whirlwind,
04:15 it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
04:18 The anger of the Lord shall not return,
04:19 until he have executed, and till he have performed
04:22 the thoughts of his heart,
04:23 in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
04:27 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran,
04:30 I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
04:34 But if they had stood in my counsel,
04:36 and had caused my people to hear my words,
04:39 then they should have turned them from their evil way,
04:42 and from the evil of their doings.
04:44 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord,
04:49 and not a God afar off?
04:51 Can any hide himself in secret places
04:54 that I shall not see him? saith the Lord.
04:56 Do not I fill heaven and earth?
04:59 saith the Lord.
05:01 I have heard what the prophets said,
05:02 that prophesy lies in my name,
05:05 saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
05:08 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets
05:11 that prophesy lies?
05:12 Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,
05:16 Which think to cause my people to forget
05:18 my name by their dreams
05:20 which they tell every man to his neighbor,
05:22 as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
05:25 The prophet that hath a dream,
05:27 let him tell a dream, and he that hath my word,
05:30 let him speak my word faithfully.
05:33 What is the chaff to the wheat?
05:34 saith the Lord.
05:36 Is not my word like as a fire?
05:39 Saith the Lord, and like a hammer
05:42 that breaketh the rock in pieces?
05:44 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets,
05:49 saith the Lord, that steal my words
05:53 everyone from his neighbor.
05:55 Behold, I am against the prophets,
05:57 saith the Lord, that use their tongues,
05:59 and say, He saith.
06:02 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams,
06:06 saith the Lord, and do tell them,
06:09 and cause my people to err by their lies,
06:13 and by their lightness,
06:16 yet I sent them not, nor commanded them,
06:20 therefore they shall not profit this people at all,
06:23 saith the Lord.
06:25 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest,
06:27 shall ask thee, saying,
06:28 what is the burden of the Lord?
06:30 Thou shalt then say unto them, What burden?
06:33 I will even forsake you, saith the Lord.
06:37 And as for the prophet, and the priest,
06:40 and the people, that shall say,
06:42 The burden of the Lord,
06:43 I will even punish that man and his house.
06:47 Thus shall ye say everyone to his neighbor,
06:49 and everyone to his brother, What hath the Lord answered?
06:51 And, what hath the Lord spoken?
06:53 And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more,
06:56 for every man's word shall be his burden,
06:59 for ye have perverted the words of the living God,
07:02 of the Lord of hosts our God.
07:05 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet,
07:07 what hath the Lord answered thee?
07:09 And, what hath the Lord spoken?
07:12 But since ye say, The burden of the Lord,
07:14 therefore thus saith the Lord,
07:15 because ye say this word, The burden of the Lord,
07:19 and I have sent unto you, saying,
07:20 Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord,
07:23 Therefore, behold, I,
07:25 even I, will utterly forget you,
07:29 and I will forsake you, and the city
07:31 that I gave you and your fathers,
07:33 and cast you out of my presence
07:36 and I will bring an everlasting
07:37 reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame,
07:41 which shall not be forgotten."
07:44 Continuing in Jeremiah chapter 24
07:47 and this is the King James Version.
07:50 "The Lord showed me, and, behold,
07:53 two baskets of figs were set
07:55 before the temple of the Lord,
07:57 after that Nebuchadrezzar King of Babylon
08:00 had carried away captive
08:02 Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim King of Judah,
08:05 and the princes of Judah,
08:06 with the carpenters and smiths from Jerusalem,
08:10 and had brought them to Babylon.
08:12 One basket had very good figs,
08:15 even like the figs that are first ripe,
08:18 and the other basket had very naughty figs,
08:20 which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
08:23 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah?
08:27 And I said, figs, the good figs, very good,
08:32 and the evil, very evil,
08:34 that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
08:36 Again the word of the Lord came unto me,
08:38 saying, thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel,
08:41 like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them
08:46 that are carried away captive of Judah,
08:48 whom I have sent out of this place
08:50 into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
08:53 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good,
08:56 and I will bring them again to this land,
08:59 and I will build them, and not pull them down,
09:01 and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
09:04 And I will give them an heart to know me,
09:08 that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people,
09:12 and I will be their God, for they shall return unto me
09:16 with their whole heart.
09:19 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten,
09:23 they are so evil, surely thus saith the Lord,
09:27 So will I give Zedekiah the King of Judah,
09:30 and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem,
09:33 that remain in this land,
09:34 and them that dwell in the land of Egypt
09:36 and I will deliver them to be removed
09:38 into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt,
09:41 to be a reproach and a proverb,
09:44 a taunt and a curse, in all places
09:46 whither I shall drive them.
09:48 And I will send the sword, the famine,
09:50 and the pestilence, among them,
09:52 till they be consumed from off the land
09:54 that I gave unto them and to their fathers."
09:59 Continuing to read in Jeremiah Chapter 25
10:02 and this is the King James Version.
10:05 "The word that came to Jeremiah
10:07 concerning all the people of Judah
10:09 in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah King of Judah,
10:13 that was the first year
10:15 of Nebuchadrezzar King of Babylon,
10:18 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake
10:20 unto all the people of Judah,
10:22 and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
10:25 saying, from the thirteenth year
10:28 of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah,
10:30 even unto this day, that is the three
10:34 and twentieth year,
10:36 the word of the Lord hath come unto me,
10:37 and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking,
10:41 but ye have not hearkened.
10:43 And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets,
10:47 rising early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened,
10:51 nor inclined your ear to hear.
10:55 They said, turn ye again now everyone from his evil way,
10:58 and from the evil of your doings,
10:59 and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you
11:02 and to your fathers forever and ever and go not after
11:05 other gods to serve them, and to worship them,
11:09 provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands,
11:13 and I will do you no hurt.
11:15 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord,
11:18 that ye might provoke me to anger
11:20 with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
11:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts,
11:26 Because ye have not heard my words,
11:30 Behold, I will send
11:31 and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord,
11:34 and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon,
11:36 my servant, and will bring them against this land,
11:39 and against the inhabitants thereof,
11:41 and against all these nations round about,
11:44 and will utterly destroy them,
11:45 and make them an astonishment,
11:47 and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
11:51 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth,
11:54 and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom,
11:57 and the voice of the bride,
11:59 and the sound of the millstones,
12:00 and the light of the candle.
12:02 And this whole land shall be a desolation,
12:05 and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve
12:09 the king of Babylon seventy years.
12:12 And it shall come to pass,
12:13 when seventy years are accomplished,
12:15 that I will punish the king of Babylon,
12:17 and that nation, saith the Lord,
12:19 for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans,
12:21 and will make it perpetual desolations.
12:24 And I will bring upon that land all my words
12:26 which I have pronounced against it,
12:28 even all that is written in this book,
12:31 which Jeremiah hath prophesied
12:33 against all the nations. For many nations
12:36 and great kings shall serve themselves of them also,
12:40 and I will recompense them according to their deeds,
12:42 and according to the works of their own hands.
12:45 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me,
12:48 Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand,
12:51 and cause all the nations,
12:53 to whom I send thee, to drink it.
12:56 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad,
13:00 because of the sword that I will send among them.
13:03 Then took I the cup at the Lord's hand,
13:05 and made all the nations to drink,
13:06 unto whom the Lord had sent me to wit,
13:09 Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah,
13:11 and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof,
13:13 to make them a desolation, an astonishment,
13:16 an hissing, and a curse, as it is this day,
13:19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants,
13:21 and his princes, and all his people,
13:23 And all the mingled people,
13:25 and all the kings of the land of Uz,
13:27 and all the kings of the land of the Philistines,
13:29 and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron,
13:32 and the remnant of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab,
13:35 and the children of Ammon, and all the kings of Tyrus,
13:37 and all the kings of Zidon,
13:39 and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
13:42 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz,
13:44 and all that are in the utmost corners,
13:46 and all the kings of Arabia,
13:48 and all the kings of the mingled
13:49 people that dwell in the desert,
13:51 and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam,
13:54 and all the kings of the Medes, and all the kings of the north,
13:56 far and near, one with another,
13:58 and all the kingdoms of the world,
14:00 which are upon the face of the earth,
14:02 and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
14:05 Therefore thou shalt say unto them,
14:07 thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
14:10 Drink ye, and be drunken,
14:12 and spue, and fall, and rise no more,
14:15 because of the sword which I will send among you.
14:18 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup
14:20 at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them,
14:23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Ye shall certainly drink.
14:26 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city
14:29 which is called by my name,
14:31 and should ye be utterly unpunished?
14:33 Ye shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword upon
14:38 all the inhabitants of the earth,
14:40 saith the Lord of hosts."
14:43 Please join me again next time
14:44 to read the word of God together, good-bye.