JESUS WEPT

By admin On March 3rd, 2019

Lam 3:48  Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of My people.

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This verse from Lamentations refers to Old Testament House of Israel as “the daughter of My people”. And the Lord, through Jeremiah reveals His sorrow over His apostate congregation, who valued the things of this life more than the things of Heaven…”Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;” Jeremiah 7:9

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But today’s church-world is by no means impervious to this same condemnation which the Old Testament people of God were guilty of!

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No, just listen to Paul’s forecast of the end-time church-world…”For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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This above passage speaks of a church-world steeped in worldly pursuits, earthly riches, and filled many unbiblical additions to the purity of the Gospel.

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Well, this little article does not have time to enumerate all these pollutions which have entered God’s house. But there is no shortage of articles which do define exactly why God is unhappy with His professed people.

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Bu the focus of today’s devotional is to stress the sorrow which God has over this apostate condition.

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Listen to how we are to relate to the Old Testament…”1Co_10:11  Now all these things happened unto them (the Old Testament people of God) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

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Yes, many or perhaps most Bible teachers today have the inability to relate all those Old Testament stories and prophecies to today’s church-world.

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The Apostle, Paul, upbraided the churches of Galatia for not being able to discern the spiritual meaning behind the various stories in the Old Testament. And then he went on to reveal to them that there were actually two spiritual Jerusalems…al 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

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And so, because New Testament believers, both Jew and Gentile are children of their mother, the Jerusalem which is above. But the apostate portion of God’s professed people are of the “Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” Galatians 4:25

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And so, when reading such prophecies as Lamentations, the New Testament Bible student needs to understand that God is not only weeping for His Old Testament assembly, but also for His New Testament assembly, equally as much. Even the true worshipers of God have been so corrupted by all the antichrist deceivers within the walls of Sion, that we too have fallen from God’s approval. And He weeps for us too!

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But God will still seek out His sheep… “…and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12

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The time which is just before us will be a difficult experience, to put it mildly.

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But God must remove His sheep from the fallen and apostate conditions which have greatly corrupted His people, rendering them greatly ineffective in their service to Him.

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And our apostasy has caused the following prophecy to be fulfilled in those of us who are living today…”We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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Yes, God weeps over His people today. We have not brought forth Christ, neither have will caused the inhabitants of the world to fall to their knees and confess, “that God is in you of a truth.” 1st Corinthians 14:25
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But the hour has come when it may be said… “Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Isaiah 26:20

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Yes, the hour is come that we must hide ourselves from the approaching storm!

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And even though God has been weeping for His apostate people, He is certainly not going to give up on His faithful one, in spite of our sleepy-eyed lukewarm service of the past!

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No, “the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:21

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And though the days ahead may be difficult, we can rejoice along with the Psalmist…”He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6

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Yes, we may weep many tears in the coming days. And even though we will be… “As sorrowful, yet (we will be) alway rejoicing”, knowing that our Lord will, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” 2nd Corinthians 6:10 & Romans 12:15 (parenthetical comment by this website editor)

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Yes, every tear that we shed through the coming purifying trials will be met with manifold more tears by our Lord, who will be with us all the way up that Narrow Pathway…

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“and, lo, I am with you alway,

even unto the end of the world.

Amen.”

Matthew 28:20  

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