by Timothy Tay
23 Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own;
it is not for them to direct their steps.
24 Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—
not in your anger,
or you will reduce me to nothing.
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.
For they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland. (Jeremiah 10:23-25)
Jeremiah understood and knew God; that He is the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth (9:23-24).
When a man chooses to direct his own steps without God he is walking in darkness perils.
However, if the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalms 37:23-24).
Correct me, LORD, but only with justice because the anger of God is a consuming fire destroying everything in its path.
As God is a God of justice there is a price to be paid for sin. But God too is a God of mercy, therefore a sincere appeal for His clemency and grace will not go unheeded. Made this in no uncertain way by calling on the name of Jesus Christ – for salvation comes by no other name in heaven (Acts 12:4).
The first half of Jeremiah’s prayer is in the first person but from the context it is clear that he is praying on behalf of his nation, Israel.
He who is the Portion of Jacob . . . the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance (v16).
The prayer concludes with a warning against any nation that poured scorn and death wish on Israel will face the God of Israel who in His justice will bring down judgment against the nations that defy Him and ridiculed His chosen ones.
Over the past year there is a distinctive cold wind that is blowing against Israel from unlikely source. The once staunch allies in the West are now reviewing their support.
Sadly the benediction, I will bless those who bless you (Gen 12:3), coincidentally appears to be fading too from these nations.
Where will Israel’s help come from?
The Christian Church. Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, sensing the growing loneliness of his nation, had declared that Israel “has no better friends in the world” than Christians who love and support Israel.1)Posted on Breaking Christian News Apr 7 2008 | | |
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