Protected By His Yokes And Bonds
Read Jeremiah Chapter 2
Jer 2:20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve You! ’Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute. 21 I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against Me into a corrupt, wild vine? 22 Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before Me,” declares the Sovereign LORD. 23“How can you say, ‘I am not defiled; I have not run after the Baals’? See how you behaved in the valley; consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running here and there, 24 a wild donkey accustomed to the desert, sniffing the wind in her craving— in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her. 25 Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.’
In this passage, the Lord is giving a message to the Israelites. Time and time again God had given them instructions and they failed to heed them. Each time, the Lord gave them opportunity to repent and more often than not they failed to turn back to Him. This particular passage is a description of Israel’s rebellion against God. They had broken off their bonds and declared that they will not serve God. They did so despite the fact that He had tenderly cared for them in the past.
That initial rebellion was enough to give God the impetus to punish them, but there is more. After their rebellion, they refused to admit they had rebelled. In verses 22-23 their behavior indicated that they served God in some superficial way, and declared that they were not defiled. How could they possibly believe that they were right with God? Had they followed God’s pathway? No. Had they remained true to Him? No. Somehow they had become blinded to truth.
We must be constantly on guard against being blinded to truth. If we fall prey to false teachings, we will be just like the Israelites in this passage. Here is how easily that can happen:
- Our first step would be to discover some aspect of the Christian life we don’t like and decide that it is a mistaken Christian tenet.
- Next we would attempt to find some way we can get around that biblical truth.
- Once we found an “acceptable” way of ignoring that truth, we would then “break off the yoke and tear off the bonds of that principle.
- The last step would be for us to see that our way of explaining away that truth is logical and reasonable. That would allow us to believe we are still right with God.
Is not that what is happening with many SSA men and women today? That is the basic pathway that the gay Christians and their churches have taken. Jeremiah would tell them that they have run after the Baals. He would also say that they are she-camels running here and there, easily finding safe haven for their beliefs and easily finding ways to satisfy their desires. They are indeed like wild donkeys sniffing around for opportunities to practice their ways of life.
That said, today’s topic is not meant for those described in the previous paragraph. It is for us. This kind of thinking is out there for the taking. It is easy pickings for anyone who desires to find a way out. We must never think that we are not vulnerable to believing falsely. It is likely that we all have spent time wishing that we could serve both our SSA desires and God. If we think about it too much, we will look for some way to get there. And, if we look for it, we will find it.
Let us stay firmly committed to staying true to God’s views on homosexual behavior. Our own well-being depends upon it. We will suffer greatly if we start running after our Baals again. God will call us to give account, just as He did the Israelites.
Prayer: Lord, I have gone after Baal more times than I would like to admit. Thank You for loving me, disciplining me, and leading me back into Your will. Remind me of all this the next time I am tempted to throw off Your yoke and Your bonds. Not a good idea at all!