Saturday 19, April 2014
TEXT: JEREMIAH 17:19-27
KEY VERSE: “Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain forever” (Jeremiah 17:25).
It would hardly be the Lord’s choice that some persons would be told on the judgment day to “come, you blessed of my father and inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” while others would be told to “Depart from me, ye cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:34, 41). Nor was it the fault of the Lord that five of the ten virgins failed to meet the requirement for admission by the bridegroom. They bore the consequences of the choice they made.
God has always given man the freedom to choose. He does not deal with us on the basis of Hobson’s choice, that has no alternative. Usually, God gives us freedom to make our choice from options. Consider how, in today’s text, He condescended to rehearse the laws relating to the observance of the Sabbath to rebellious Judah and presented two options before them.
If they would return to the Lord and keep the Sabbath holy, the pending calamities would be averted and they would be blessed with a continued succession of princes on the throne of David. On the other hand, if they continued to violate the Sabbath, the Lord promised to “kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched”. The choice was entirely theirs.
Today, the Lord still gives us the freedom to obey Him or act otherwise. Though God is not willing that any should perish, it is damnable to reject the entreaties, grace and counsel of God. “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil…” (Romans 2:8,9). You truly have a choice.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your indecsion to obey God is a registered conclusion of a negative choice.
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