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Saying, “This Is the Temple of the LORD”

July 1, 2017

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Saying, “This Is the Temple of the LORD”

God was terribly upset  by those  who pretentiously worshiped  in His temple.     He said  in Jeremiah 7:3,

Amend your ways  and your deeds,  and I will let you dwell  in this place.

That temple  has long been destroyed  because of the sins  of the Israelites.     What upset  the LORD  was the hypocrisy  and deception  of the people  and their religious leaders  as they loved their sins  and pretended  to love the LORD.     Besides committing many sins,  these people  had many other gods.     Yet,  they would they would hypocritically  go to the Temple and say,

This is the temple of the LORD,  the temple of the LORD,  the temple  of the LORD.    (Jeremiah 7:4)

No one can honestly love  and worship  at  “the temple  of the LORD”  while they really love  their sins  and many gods.     God promised  that only those who obeyed Him  and  would not  “walk after other gods  to your own ruin”  (Jeremiah 7:6)  would be able  to dwell  in the Promised Land.

But,  these people were trusting deceptive leaders  and following the crowd,  in order  to be accepted  by them.     That is why God says  in Jeremiah 7:8-10,

Behold,  you are trusting  in deceptive words  to no avail.     Will you steal,  murder,  and commit adultery  and swear falsely,  and offer sacrifices  to Baal  and walk after other gods  that you have not known,  then come  and stand before Me  in this house,  which is called  by My name,  and say,  ‘We are delivered!’   —   that you may do  all these abominations?

Worshiping the LORD  is not  to be a pretentious,  hypocritical act  to gain popularity  with others.     The LORD  is real.     His righteousness  and judgments  are sure  for all eternity.     The Bible  is a testimony  of God’s eternal power and authority.     We simply cannot sin  in the ways  of this world  and imagine that,  “We are delivered!”

Following the “abominations”  of this world  only leads  to eternal damnation.     There is no  getting around that.     So,  we need  to open up our Bibles  and learn  God’s ways.

If we don’t love  and care  about truth,   we are condemning ourselves  —  as many  in this world  are doing.

Seeing God’s righteousness  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for your faithful righteousness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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