To whom can I speak and give warning?
Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closed
so they cannot hear.
The word of the LORD is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in it.

-Jeremiah 6:10 (NIV)


Do you see him? Can you look and see human behavior from God’s perspective? This is a vital skill necessary to obtain the love of God, the fear of God, the knowledge of God, and to understand  the ways of God–why God does what he does, says what he says, and promises what he promises. And why God fulfills his promises both to bring blessing, and bring curses–to those who fulfill his covenant, and to those who break his covenant respectively.

If you want to know if a man has repented from his sins, or even if you yourself have repented from your sins, here is a telltale sign: Do you ‘use the name of the Lord in vain‘? If you use the name of the Lord in vain, that would be a clear telltale sign that you have yet to have repented from your sins.

A perfect example of this picture is the entire book of Job. Job received both the blessings of God and the curses of the world. After receiving many of God’s blessings, Job was afflicted by the enemy. He was sorely tempted to curse God, even his very own wife said, “Why don’t you just curse God and die?” And Job said to his wife in essence, “Don’t be a foolish woman. Should we only accept good from the Lord and not trouble?”

When God records the behavior of people on the earth, when he records the history of individuals, and of nations, he is presenting pictures of how peoples, both individuals and families, and even nations listen to and obey him, and come under his blessings, and also do not listen to him, and consequently disobey him, and fall under his curses.


Throughout history you can see that the majority of people disobey God. Even his own chosen people for the majority of their history, the majority of their people chose to disobey his commandments. Even though he showed them his miracles, his signs, his wonders, his rich blessings, and his impeccable protection over their lives – – when they obeyed him, they quickly chose to disobey him and as a result, disobeyed him, and became like an enemy to him.

In other words they refused to repent of their sin.

As they did in Egypt before they entered into Egypt so they did in Egypt. As they did in Egypt so they did in the desert. As they did in the desert, so they did in the promised land. As they did and the promised land so did they do in the land of the exile in Babylon. All during this time they refused to repent of their sins and worshiped and served idols in their hearts and turned away from God. And yet God has always reserved a remnant, a small faithful and loyal group of people who refuse to give into the sense of those around them, and to live upright and holy lives before the Lord. But this group is in the minority. It and the greater the sin that enters into the community, this minority realizes the harder it is to resist sin, and the smaller the numbers shrink in the face of the full-blown rebellion towards God.


Jeremiah 5 (NIV) Not One Is Upright

1 “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city.
2 Although they say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
still they are swearing falsely. ”
3 LORD, do not your eyes look for truth?
You struck them, but they felt no pain;
you crushed them, but they refused correction.
They made their faces harder than stone
and refused to repent.
4 I thought, “These are only the poor;
they are foolish,
for they do not know the way of the LORD,
the requirements of their God.
5 So I will go to the leaders
and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the LORD,
the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
and torn off the bonds.
6 Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them,
a wolf from the desert will ravage them,
a leopard will lie in wait near their towns
to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
and their backslidings many.
7 “Why should I forgive you?
Your children have forsaken me
and sworn by gods that are not gods.
I supplied all their needs,
yet they committed adultery
and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for another man’s wife.
9 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?
10 “Go through her vineyards and ravage them,
but do not destroy them completely.
Strip off her branches,
for these people do not belong to the LORD.
11 The people of Israel and the people of Judah
have been utterly unfaithful to me,”
declares the LORD.
12 They have lied about the LORD;
they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;
we will never see sword or famine.
13 The prophets are but wind
and the word is not in them;
so let what they say be done to them.”
14 Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says:
“Because the people have spoken these words,
I will make my words in your mouth a fire
and these people the wood it consumes.
15 People of Israel,” declares the LORD,
“I am bringing a distant nation against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
a people whose language you do not know,
whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their quivers are like an open grave;
all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will devour your harvests and food,
devour your sons and daughters;
they will devour your flocks and herds,
devour your vines and fig trees.
With the sword they will destroy
the fortified cities in which you trust.
18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the LORD, “I will not destroy you completely. 19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’
20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
and proclaim it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:
22 Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD.
“Should you not tremble in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,
an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
‘Let us fear the LORD our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
your sins have deprived you of good.
26 “Among my people are the wicked
who lie in wait like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
they have become rich and powerful
28 and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;
they do not defend the just cause of the poor.
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?
30 “A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?