Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. Jeremiah 33:26 KJV
Jeremiah 33:26 Then will I also cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant and will not choose one of his offspring to be ruler over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captivity to be reversed, and I will have mercy, kindness, and steadfast love on and for them. Amplified Version
The Lord was speaking through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah when He said the above words. He said He would never abandon the descendents of Jacob or David, His servant or change the plan that David’s descendent would rule the descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but instead would restore them to their land and have mercy on them. I have been reading the book of Jeremiah for a bit now and on my last reading, this verse just jumped out at me and I began to pour myself into the Word to better understand this. Seeking for the meaning of this. This is where it led me…
Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity, and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God! Amplified Version
The Lord was again speaking through the mouth of another prophet by the name of Hosea, when He said that He would plant a crop of Israelites and raise them up for Himself. He said He would show love to those that He had called ‘not loved’. To those that He had once called ‘not my people’, now He would say, ‘you are my people’ and they would reply, ‘You are my God’ Romans 9:25
Just as He says in Hosea, Those who were not My people I will call My people, and her who was not beloved [I will call] My beloved. Amplified Version
Here in the book of Romans, 700 years later, Paul is appling Hosea’s message from God that His intention was to restore His people and to bring the Gentiles into His family after the Jews had rejected the plan from God and then rejected Jesus.
1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you were not pitied, but now you are pitied and have received mercy.
We often base our self worth on our own credibility. But to our credit, do we really have any ability unless it first comes from God? No. The truth is that our relationship with Jesus Christ is far more important than any achievement we can even think of here on this earth. There is nothing better in this life here on earth for us than to make a decision to live for Christ Jesus and then study the Word of God and place it on the tablet of our heart. To have a daily walk with God, prayerfully and obediently follow His Word.
We have been chosen by God as His very own and we are here to represent Him and not ourselves to those we come in contact with. We really are nothing in ourselves. We must remember that our value comes simply from being His chosen and not from anything we can possibly achieve. Our achievements only come because God is God and we are made in His image and He supports what we do for Him. He gives us all the necessary items that we need to achieve His desires. We are servants and as servants to the Most High God, we are aliens here on this planet because our home is where God is. His home is in the heavens and His heavens are ruled by His authority, just like it is here on earth. Life in the heavens, operates according to His plan, just like every thing works according to His plan here on earth.
God is often referred to as The Lord of Host’s. I personally believe that is because He is the Host of this planet called earth and we are His guest’s. He is Lord over all and is the Lord of Host’s. In Revelation 21:3. St John saw a vision that God had made His home among His people. In the King James Version, it says God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Revelations 21:3 Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
Hosea 1:6 And [Gomer] conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to Hosea, Call her name Lo-Ruhamah or Not-pitied, for I will no more have love, pity, and mercy on the house of Israel, that I should in any way pardon them.
It may seem strange that I use this verse here because you might think that it is out of context to what is written. We learn here that Gomer gave Hosea a daughter and the Lord told Hosea what to name this daughter. The key to the understanding is the name and it’s meaning. This was God’s reaction to Israel’s un-faithfulness.
His reaction to unfaithfulness today is no different. He wants our complete devotion. As His children, He deserves no less from us, than for us to be in complete obedience. Not just on a whim or when we feel like it but in all things… every day… all day long. Some folks may not agree with me at all but I know this to be absolutely true. We can walk in complete obedience.
We have an example of one who did, before the time of Jesus Christ. His name was Enoch. The power of the Holy Spirit was not upon the earth, until the day of Pentecost. Enoch walked with God, way before then. Now this is not to say that the Holy Spirit was not in some folk’s lives, because He was, for a time, in some, here and there, as God saw fit to do, to achieve His desire, in each situation.
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
I believe that when we walk in total faith, depending on God for every single thing, walking in obedience to His word, we too can be an Enoch. It was by His faith that he was translated. Enoch mingled with God. God does have a purpose and a plan for each and every one of us. It is completely IMPOSSIBLE to please God with out faith. We must come to God believing that He is who He says that He is and that He rewards those who sincerely and diligently seek His will in their life. He is the God who provides for our every need and even wants to fulfill the desire of our heart. Yet when we come to know God in an intimate way, our desire becomes what His desire is. Believing that God exists is where we all start. Even the demons know He exists and they tremble.
James 2:19 Thou believes that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
God will not settle for anything less.
Psalms 5:4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. (New Living Translation)
God will not tolerate even the slightest of sin in His chosen. God wants a personal relationship with us and this relationship transforms our lives. When we seek Him, we do find Him, when we seek Him with all of our heart. He will reward those who seek Him, with His presence… Only God judges the heart and knows the heart. We can not judge each other. If we make a mistake, we are convicted right away by the Holy Spirit and we must repent right away and continue to walk in obedience. Since we are seed born in good soil, we must remember that even a bad seed will grow very well in good soil, so this is why when we are convicted, we must pluck out , that which is bad… right away by repentance, lest it take root and grow.
“Living a life of victory is not about being perfect — because we are human — and will always make mistakes. The key is learning how to get up after we have fallen. It’s natural to make mistakes — but it’s supernatural to learn from those mistakes and move forward!” -George Whitten
I heard an exciting thing the other day from a wise woman. When we see something we think we should judge in someone, we should automatically picture a plate of food. On this plate, there is, cottage cheese, a nice cut of tenderloin, some green beans and some coleslaw. This is a nice attractive plate. The only thing funky… is the coleslaw. It’s cut just a bit bigger than we all normally like it to be cut. We can look at that and then think about this. One of these days, the person that made this coleslaw is gonna learn to cut it just a bit thinner. This is how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Not everything on our plate is going to be perfect , but with God in control, eventually He will make us perfect for the Kingdom.
God doesn’t perfect us overnight in our natural, so when we see something in someone that we might think is not right, it doesn’t mean that God hasn’t seen that yet. It only means that He is working on something else more important. So if you see something in someone you don’t like, just say to your self, “Awe.. that’s just coleslaw”
Romans 10:19 Again I ask, Did Israel not understand? [Did the Jews have no warning that the Gospel was to go forth to the Gentiles, to all the earth?] First, there is Moses who says, I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.
In the KJV the word provoke is used. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. I can tell you from looking upon this earth and reading the daily news that we here in these United States are surely a foolish nation. We make some pretty dumb decisions and as a whole, as a nation, we will be judged accordingly. As individuals, we will all be judged.
Here it is again in the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved Me to jealousy with what is not God; they have angered Me with their idols. So I will move them to jealousy with those who are not a people; I will anger them with a foolish nation.
The heart of the Gentile believer is the heart that God will use to provoke the Jews to jealousy.. What the non messianic Jew has, is a heart that does not believe that Jesus Christ, was indeed the Messiah.
Something I have noticed in my walk is that God is turning my heart towards the festivals and the Holy Day’s rather than concentrating on the holidays. Something I find very interesting is that on our calendar, when there is a holiday… either the week before or the week after or even the week of is a Holy day, even if it is a minor Holy day that is celebrated by the Jewish people. That is just like satan to try to imitate the Most High God. On my personal play of words, even the difference in those two words is interesting. One is called a Holy Day and one is called holiday. One is Holy and one is hollow.
In my walk, I have gone to the Bible to search out what God would have me do, according to His written Word and His Word that is written in my heart. I might study how the Jewish folks celebrate Passover, but according to His word, there are certain specific’s that are to be eaten during the passover feast. When I did study the passover feast as it is celebrated by the Jewish people as a whole, there are items added into the feast that are not mentioned in scripture and this reminds me of what I have come to call, a pharisitacal way of thinking. (thinking like a pharisee) Similar to when the Pharisee’s changed scripture to fit their way and not by the will of God. They changed things around to suit themselves and when Jesus came along, they judged Him by their law and not the Law that God laid down. It was The Law that they were talking to and accusing of not following The Law.
Our God said that He will provoke them to jealousy. I believe that once His people come into His way of thinking and love and abide in Him, seeking His will and not our own, that they, the Jewish people, will see that there are some who not only have the in-filling and the out pouring of His Holy Spirit, but they are observing His feast’s and Holy Days and they will want what we have and they will seek us out to find out how they too can have this relationship with the Most High God. We have been grafted into the family lineage of God, by faith. It is by our faith that we believe in Jesus Christ and that He died and rose again and is at the right hand of the Father.
In Mark 4:13, Jesus asked this question: And He said unto them, “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?”
Jesus really wants us to understand the parable of the four soils. If we can’t understand this parable, it is un-likely that we will understand a word He spoke and is still speaking today. We might hear His words, but not understand them until the Holy Spirit reveals to us, Jesus Christ. God spoke into the darkness and light came from it. Jesus, the Light of the World. God started His harvest of the future , through the seed of Adam. That seed has taken root in Christ Jesus, through the seed of Abraham and we are the descendents of Abraham.
Galatians 3:7 says “Understand then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” (continuing in verse 9) So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Then over in Galatians 3:14: He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. We receive the promise of the Spirit, by faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. This is how we grow into a mature seed that will be ready for harvest. With out faith, we will not grow.
We must read and absorb the Word of God. This is our fertilizer and the Holy Spirit is the water that comes into our veins and begins to teach us how to keep our feet wet in the soil, so that we grow and grow and become, a fruit bearing tree. Chapter 22 of the book of Revelation, reveals to us a glance of paradise. Jesus says in verse 7 that if we obey the prophecy that is written in the scroll of this book, we will be blessed. In verse 12, Jesus says that when He does return, He will bring His reward with Him and He will repay all, according to their deeds. This chapter also tells that we will see His face and we His servants will worship Him and that His name will be written on our foreheads. The prophecy of this book written in chapter 3 verse 11.
We are to hold fast in what we have and that is our faith in Him. We can not let anyone take that away from us. Revelations 1:3, specifically says: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. Amos 5:8 Oh yes… In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and you can bet your last dollar that God did indeed created those beautiful stars. Every last one of them. The scriptures even tell us in the book of Job that the morning stars, used to sing. Can you even begin to wrap your mind around that?
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
I have been captivated by something ever since I read it in scripture this past celebration of His birth when I was reading about the birth of our Saviour. It was His star that the wise men followed and there were three gifts, not three men. It wasn’t just any ole star that they followed. It was His star…… How awesome is that?
More than likely there was a whole bunch of wise men, perhaps even an army of them. Why else would King Herod be all shook up over just a few wise men seeking a King? The wise men told King Herod that they had come to worship Him…. This troubled King Herod and all of Jerusalem. Why would a few wise men trouble all of Jerusalem. Weren’t they expecting a Messiah? There were not three wise men as many people would have us think. There were indeed three gift’s given, but if you read that really close… it could be that they gave Him many bags of gold, many pots of that aromatic gum resin from various Asian and African trees, frankincense. Who knows, maybe they gave Jesus so much of the gift of myrrh that they were able to sell it and live on it’s resources for quite a long time.
We are all seeking Him, We seek His return to claim those that He has called unto Himself.
Jeremiah 33:25: Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
God would no more reject His people than He would change the laws of night and day or the earth and the sky. He will never abandon His chosen people. We simply do not need to worry about anything other than making sure we follow His written and spoken Word. No matter what comes along and no matter how nasty the world ‘appears’. We just need to all hold fast to our faith in Him and we will receive the reward that He brings with Him.