Scripture:   Jeremiah (NIV)  42:5   Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us.  6  Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when  we obey the voice of the LORD our God.” 
Jeremiah (NIV) 43:2  Azariah… and Johanan … and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie.  The LORD our God did not send you to say…  7  And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. …

Observation:   When the Jews were taken into captivity to Babylon, many were left behind in Judah.  Those remaining asked Jeremiah to go to the LORD on their behalf.  They promised that they would hear and obey the word of the LORD that God would give him.  The LORD promised to watch over them, protect them, and build them up if they remained in the land of Judah.  They would not need to fear the king of Babylon where many of their countrymen were in exile.  BUT they did not hear what they wanted to hear and they did not keep their word!   They packed up and went to Egypt.  But in Egypt they could not escape God’s judgment.

Application:  When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and many times since, I have called Him “Lord.”  It is a word that means, “boss,”  “owner,”  “one with authority,”  “one in charge.”  BUT when I ignore his directions and go ahead and do whatever I want to do, I am leaving His protection and blessing.  I entangle my life with things upon which His judgment is coming. 

Prayer:   Lord, You deserve to be treated as “LORD.”  May you always have that position and respect in my life.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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