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by Larry Stockstill

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JEREMIAH 8:8-9:26

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, And the law of the Lord is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made {it} into a lie.
The wise men are put to shame, They are dismayed and caught; Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, And what kind of wisdom do they have?
Therefore I will give their wives to others, Their fields to new owners; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is greedy for gain; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone practices deceit.
They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.
Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They certainly were not ashamed, And they did not know how to blush; Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down,” Says the Lord.
“I will surely snatch them away,” declares the Lord; “There will be no grapes on the vine And no figs on the fig tree, And the leaf will wither; And what I have given them will pass away.”’”
Why are we sitting still? Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities And let us perish there, Because the Lord our God has doomed us And given us poisoned water to drink, For we have sinned against the Lord.
{We} waited for peace, but no good {came;} For a time of healing, but behold, terror!
From Dan is heard the snorting of his horses; At the sound of the neighing of his stallions The whole land quakes; For they come and devour the land and its fullness, The city and its inhabitants.
“For behold, I am sending serpents against you, Adders, for which there is no charm, And they will bite you,” declares the Lord.
My sorrow is beyond healing, My heart is faint {within me!}
Behold, listen! The cry of the daughter of my people from a distant land: “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not within her?” “Why have they provoked Me with their graven images, with foreign idols?”
“Harvest is past, summer is ended, And we are not saved.”
For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken; I mourn, dismay has taken hold of me.
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?
Oh that my head were waters And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
Oh that I had in the desert A wayfarers’ lodging place; That I might leave my people And go from them! For all of them are adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.
“They bend their tongue {like} their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me,” declares the Lord.
“Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.
Everyone deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves committing iniquity.
Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.
Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what {else} can I do, because of the daughter of My people?
Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.
Shall I not punish them for these things?” declares the Lord. “On a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?
“For the mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing, And for the pastures of the wilderness a dirge, Because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, And the lowing of the cattle is not heard; Both the birds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.
I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, A haunt of jackals; And I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.”
Who is the wise man that may understand this? And {who is} he to whom the mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through?
The Lord said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it,
but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,”
therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink.
I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them.”
Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come!
Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, That our eyes may shed tears And our eyelids flow with water.
For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion, ‘How are we ruined! We are put to great shame, For we have left the land, Because they have cast down our dwellings.’”
Now hear the word of the Lord, O you women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a dirge.
For death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces To cut off the children from the streets, The young men from the town squares.
Speak, “Thus says the Lord, ‘The corpses of men will fall like dung on the open field, And like the sheaf after the reaper, But no one will gather {them.}’”
Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised--
Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.”


Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.
But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, {and} abusive speech from your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its {evil} practices,
and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him--
{a renewal} in which there is no {distinction between} Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Beyond all these things {put on} love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Whatever you do in word or deed, {do} all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

PSALM 78:32-55

In spite of all this they still sinned And did not believe in His wonderful works.
So He brought their days to an end in futility And their years in sudden terror.
When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God;
And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue.
For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
But He, being compassionate, forgave {their} iniquity and did not destroy {them;} And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
Again and again they tempted God, And pained the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember His power, The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
When He performed His signs in Egypt And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
And turned their rivers to blood, And their streams, they could not drink.
He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them, And frogs which destroyed them.
He gave also their crops to the grasshopper And the product of their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hailstones And their sycamore trees with frost.
He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones And their herds to bolts of lightning.
He sent upon them His burning anger, Fury and indignation and trouble, A band of destroying angels.
He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave over their life to the plague,
And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, The first {issue} of their virility in the tents of Ham.
But He led forth His own people like sheep And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
He led them safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea engulfed their enemies.
So He brought them to His holy land, To this hill country which His right hand had gained.
He also drove out the nations before them And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.


27 Do your planning and prepare your fields
    before building your house.