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August 30 – God’s Protocol Against Evil

“You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. Because the people have forsaken Me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into My mind.'”  Jer. 19:3-5

Devotional Thought For The Day

Direct applications from incidents occurring nearly 2,600 years ago are hard to make. Likewise, the Old Testament nation of Israel was completely unique – a theocracy established and commanded by God through covenant for His own specific purposes, principally to facilitate and herald the coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That the things described by God in these verses could be taking place in the midst of such a nation, His own treasured possession, is difficult to fathom.  The principle charges that God levels against these people are 1] they have forsaken Him, the only True and Living God, the God of their salvation; 2] they have made offerings to other gods, false gods who have no place or standing among God’s people of faith; and 3] they have participated in the shedding of innocent blood, specifically through infanticide [in connection with their idolatrous behaviors].

Still, applications can be made to modern people today – those who were raised in Christian families, or within cultures shaped and fashioned upon Christian teachings and values.  People can still “forsake” God, choosing to invest their lives and resources in various forms of idolatry, like wealth accumulation, luxury, pleasures, gluttony, drunkenness, sexual immorality, pride, and the arrogance of autonomy and self-determination.  Perhaps most shockingly, modern people can and do participate in or “allow” infanticide – specifically by means of abortion [some estimate as many as 50 million since Roe versus Wade]. That’s a lot of innocent blood shed in our communities across our “great, modern, civilized nation.” Note that God makes perfectly clear that He would never authorize or countenance such barbarity.

The consequence of such forsaking of God and capitulation into idolatry and barbarity is disaster, destruction, and devastation. In the case of the ancient nation of Israel, this was accomplished by means of conquest, at the hand of the Babylonians [an ancient world power centered in what is now known as Iraq]. About a century earlier, God used the Assyrians for this same purpose against the ten northern tribes of Israel.  You remember God once used a universal flood for this purpose, and once showered brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He has also used drought, plagues, famines, and other natural forces to bring about punishing devastation upon those who have forsaken Him, plunged themselves into idolatry, which results in brutal and barbaric behaviors – immorality, crime, violence, and even the murder of “innocents.”

Looking at the general “culture” around us, the “religious” attitudes and values of the general population, what people do on Sundays, what people do on Saturday night and the rest of the week, the values our laws reflect, crime rates, obesity rates, the drug traffic, and of course the legality and practice of abortion, the parallels are rather obvious.  In view of some of the disasters that have befallen us in recent years – some by foreign hands, many through natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and drought – it is difficult not to draw conclusions, and to consider carefully how God in the past has dealt punishing devastation upon wicked people. His goal in all of this is to draw people back to repentance, to reconsider His love and goodness, to orient themselves back to His Word, so that renewed in His love they cease and desist from such vicious and self-destructive behaviors.

God is rich in mercy, love, forgiveness, and compassion.  He is also patient, long-suffering, and persistent.  This is the only reason we continue to enjoy as many good things as we do in this life.  Make sure that you remain in His love, through repentance and faith, and live to Him, in accord with His Word. Let us do all that we can to urge and encourage those around us to return to God, to faith in Jesus Christ, and to newness of life that endures forever – that we might be spared God’s devastating hand of judgment and punishment. But if those around us who have plunged themselves into unbelief, rebellion against God, and into all manner of immorality and violence refuse to repent, we have a pretty good idea of what is coming down the pike.  Lord, have mercy!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we know that You do not desire the death of the wicked, but that they turn from their ways and live. We know the gracious forgiveness and mercy You have provided for us, and Your will that we come to faith and knowledge of the truth. Grant such godly repentance and faith to us, and to those around us. Enable, encourage, and empower us to bear witness to Your love, and to Your good and righteous ways. Spare our nation, and restore us to decency, Amen.