Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill the heaven and the earth? saith the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24 KJV
In the days of the prophesy Jeremiah, false prophets abounded (they also abound today) who promised peace and safety. They spoke as if God knew nothing of the national sins of Judah.
god challenges them by asking them the question in our text verse. In verse 25, God sayd, “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name.”
There are two basic ways that God has revealed Himself and His character to mankind. They are creation and the written word.
those who deny the authority of God’s word as the foundation of Christianity can not be helped. They will say it was written long ago in languages that now have different meanings, meanings to the words and the Bible is not relevant today.
The truth is that the Bible was inspired by God and the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek and these are dead languages and the meanings of these words do not change.
I will agree that words in our English language do change in meaning over time. I praise the God of heaven that we have concordances and Hebrew and Greek dictionaries to help us know the origin of words that have maybe changed in meaning. It has been said of late in this paper that God is a God of love. I agree totally to this.
Romans 5:8 tells us that God showed us His love that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The love of God was shown when Christ established His true church and has preserved it for over 2000 years. The love of God has been shown in the preserving of His word. (PSA 12:6-8) However to say that God does not also have the character of wrath and judgement is to be untruthful.
I have been accused of promoting a cruel God. The truth is, I promote God as He is in the Bible. My critics promote a God of their own vain imaginations. God judges His people as well as those who are not His people. We are all the creation of God, but only the elect of God are His redeemed people.
I will close with scripture showing that God judges his people and also the reprobate.
When God’s elect sin and drift from Him, he will bring us back through correction. Charles Spurgeon said we don’t have to defend the Bible, it is like a chained lion, just turn it loose and it will defend itself.
“For whom the Lord (loveth) he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son who he receiveth. but if ye be without chastisement, where of all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons.” Hebrews 12:6, 8 KJV
“For if God spared no the angels that sinned, but cast them down into hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgement, and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gamorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them and ensample until those that after should live ungodly.
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished.” II Peter 2:4-6, 9 KJV
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