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Tuesday, October 20 2015

Lamentations 2: The Right To Choose Wrong

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still"

Humans were created with the power of choice - to do what is right, and live forever, or to choose what is wrong, and die forever (see The Thinker From The Soil). What happened in the Garden of Eden was not a victory for Satan. It was a victory for freedom.

Freedom does not however include the power to dictate to the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) what He must do or accept, nor does it empower those who choose to self-destruct the right to enter into the LORD's Kingdom - which will be, as it was in the beginning, everywhere on Earth (see The First And Last Nation). Just as the first humans discovered when they chose to go their own way, there is no room or place in Paradise for those who choose to be losers (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?). The right to choose wrong does not include the right to make wrong into right.

The LORD's Judgment will be based upon the choices that each human makes. The LORD doesn't dictate to anyone - other than to make a choice of the life way, or the death way. Yes, the LORD actually said "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." But notice the result of doing so, and the result for those who choose to obey the Way of Life.

Choices

"22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." (Revelation 22:11-15 KJV)

The united kingdom of Israel, and then the separate Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah (see A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms), were free to obey the LORD, and reap the blessings, or to rebel against the LORD, and reap their destruction (see Reap What You Sow).

Jeremiah was a prophet of the LORD for forty years. His ministry was a success; he did and said everything that the LORD commanded him to do - even when most of the rest of the nation failed to make the right choice for themselves (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers). Israel and Judah too were a success in the freedom to choose what the LORD gave to them; it was actually a major part of the basis of their nationhood (see Blessings and Curses). But so too they had delivered to them the fruit of their choice - destruction when they chose to be losers.

"2:1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

2:2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

2:6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.

2:7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast.

2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

2:12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.

2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?

2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

2:16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

2:18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.

2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.

2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

2:21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.

2:22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed." (Lamentations 2:1-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does the Word of God define right and wrong?
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This Day In History, October 20

480 BC: Greek naval forces defeated the Persian forces in the battle of Salamis (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat).

1632: Sir Christopher Wren was born. He became one of Britain's most outstanding architects.

1720: The Caribbean pirate known as Calico Jack (actual name John Rackham, born of English and Cuban parents) was captured by the Royal Navy. The pirate was famous for his "Jolly Roger" flag, a skull with crossed swords, that contributed to the popularization of the design. The origin of the Jolly Roger is unknown, however some historians believe that it was derived from "Old Roger," a term for the Devil.

The Holy Scriptures

1740: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and head of the house of Habsburg, died. Two of the Wars of the Spanish Succession developed directly from his death.

1921: The Treaty of Ankara between France and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was signed. It formalized the French recognition of the Assembly rather than the government of Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI, as the sovereign power in Turkey (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1822: Andrew Bonar Law became the first Canadian-born Prime Minister of Britain.

1827: In the Greek War of Independence, the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were devastated by the British, French and Russians at the Battle of Navarino.

1867: Ottawa was proclaimed the capital of Canada. Founded in 1827 by Col. John By, Ottawa was first named Bytown. It was renamed after the Ottawa Indians in 1854. In 1858 Ottawa was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the "United Provinces of Canada," and in 1867 it became the capital of the sovereign nation of Canada.

1911: Roald Amundsen set off with 4 others on his journey to the South Pole. They arrived on December 14.

1930: Jews in "Palestine" ("Palestine" is an English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) were banned from purchasing Arab land by the British authorities. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain controlled Palestine from the end of World War 1 in 1918 to Israeli independence in 1948 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1935: The "Long March" of Chinese communists led by Mao Zedong ended. Of the 80,000 who set out, only 9,000 completed the 6,000 miles (9,700 kilometers) to Yanan.

1944: Aachen became the first large German city to fall to the advancing allied forces near the end of the Second World War.

1971: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1973: During their Watergate investigations of Nixon himself, President Nixon fired Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed by rebel forces after the Battle of Sirte (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).


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