“As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.”
In the aftermath of the captivity of Judah to Babylon, a strong warning from the LORD came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt because of their wickedness which they committed to provoke Him to anger. They burnt incense and served other gods, whom they knew not. God told them the state of Judah before destroying them that upon all their idolatry, He sent unto them all His servants, the prophets, who rose early and said to them, “Oh do not this abomination that God hates”. But they hearkened not nor did they incline their ear to turn from their wickedness and idolatry. Wherefore, His fury and anger poured forth against them and gave them up to their enemies.
After all these warnings from the Lord, none of the Jews was ever ready to repent and hearken unto the Lord. Rather, all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods and all the people that dwell in the land of Egypt answered Jeremiah, saying, “As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.”
Such is a willful answer from a disobedient heart. But don’t be too quick to judge these people, aren’t Christians of today doing same? Upon all the preachings, prophecies, revelations and end-time messages, are we not living our lives as we will? Aren’t we loving the world which God’s words said we shouldn’t? Aren’t we preaching virtue and practicing vice? Aren’t we confessing this same answer to God and His prophets by the lives that we’re living? It’s time to wake up and be willing to be obedient!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please forgive me for any rude answer that I’m giving you through my lifestyle. Help me to obey all your words for I love you in your name I pray.