Drop Dead

Dire consequences await those who cross the line set by God.  His patience is infinite but He can also choose to set a limit.  When the boundary is breached, not even a prayer from Old Testament intercessors, Moses or Samuel can turn back the wrath of God.  Deliberate, unrepentant sin drives us away from our loving Father.  A time will come when an anguished plea for leniency will be for naught.  Far away from God, one asks the question “Where shall I go?”  It’s a sad state of affairs when God relays a message akin to “drop dead.”
Jeremiah 15:1-7
15 Then the Lord said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go! And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says:
“‘Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;
those for starvation, to starvation;
those for captivity, to captivity.’
“I will send four kinds of destroyers against them,” declares the Lord, “the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds and the wild animals to devour and destroy. I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.
“Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?
    Who will mourn for you?
    Who will stop to ask how you are?
You have rejected me,” declares the Lord.
    “You keep on backsliding.
So I will reach out and destroy you;
    I am tired of holding back.
I will winnow them with a winnowing fork
    at the city gates of the land.
I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people,
    for they have not changed their ways.

What had the Jews done to merit death by four kinds of destroyers?  Not only would they die, their bodies would be savaged, picked apart as refuse and not one soul would care.  Why death?  The Lord declared, the people had rejected Him and turned from following His ways.  To think in the year 2015, some believers  reject Him, living a backslidden existence with a snicker as though it were a minor hiccup.  To defiantly cross the line by continuing to ignore God and His commands comes at your own peril.  When prayers are empty and devoid of power, when God will relent no longer, as a believer your salvation is certainly secure but you just might drop dead.  Step back from the line, turn around and live.


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