kjv@Jeremiah:5:1@ Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:2@ And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:3@ O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:4@ Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:5@ I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:6@ Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:7@ How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:8@ They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:9@ Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
kjv@Jeremiah:5:10@ Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:11@ For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:12@ They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
kjv@Jeremiah:5:13@ And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:14@ Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:15@ Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:17@ And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:18@ Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:19@ And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:20@ Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
kjv@Jeremiah:5:21@ Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
kjv@Jeremiah:5:22@ Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
kjv@Jeremiah:5:23@ But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:24@ Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:25@ Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:26@ For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:27@ As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:28@ They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
kjv@Jeremiah:5:29@ Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
Remember that the Lord is declaring this in advance. He had offered to them the possibility once again to escape, but, knew in this case that they would not. If He knew they wouldn't accept these terms why would He even offer them? By having this declared, by having this written for the sake of the remnant, they in the future will know these things to be true and thus the Lord to be greatly feared.
The emphasis is on the fact that both Israel and Judah believe themselves to be all of this, that the Lord supposedly is with them and yet there is not a man to be found that executes His judgments; no one fighting for His cause. They have become rich and that is their own proof. The Lord had stricken them and they have not grieved, consumed them and still they have not received correction. Certainly we as a nation must be concerned of this too, but, therein we see the difficulty; individuals may believe, even majorities of individuals, the course of nations however are not necessarily stirred by well intentioned individuals.
The righteousness of Judah had nothing to do with their own righteousness but, of the Lord's choice, His covenant with them. His righteousness made their righteousness and this form of righteousness is much much different. In the same fashion, Judah's escape from their captivity to Babylon was not in their own hands, their Lord was going to use the Medes to break their bonds. It cannot then be said that it was the hand of Judah, nor even the hands of the Medes (not with the impossible impenetrable odds that the Medes were up against); only by the hand of God. The Lord has used Judah in this same fashion to break many a nation since and continues to use them today; a nation the rarely was a nation with an army the rarely was an army.
Lest we forget, the very symbol of Israels former glory the Temple is completely gutted and burned. The picture of judgment is complete. The few people that remained in Jerusalem were gathered and executed in stages.
What does this completion of judgment mean in the grand scheme of spiritual things? Does it mean the the experiment is over? Israel is finished and we move on to plan B? Does it mean that God has learned from His mistakes and will start up in a different fashion again? Or does it mean that there is something vital for all of mankind to understand? Something of our depraved sinful nature that even with promises, even with miraculous deliverance and provision, even with tremendous blessing and tremendous cursing and every sort of intention revival and effort, none of this has any effect upon the true core nature of man's deceptive heart. The heart does not obey because it cannot. The heart cannot be spiritual because it is not. All that we intend and invent and contrive is but utter vanity. What is blind cannot see. In this unfamiliar light we sense that only by His grace and by His election are we separated from this wretchedness.
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