“Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord God liveth.” Jeremiah 44:26.
God commanded Judah not to go back into Egypt but to stay in the land if they wanted His blessings. When Jeremiah finished his prophecy to Judah and it wasn’t what they wanted to hear, they accused him of prophesying falsely. God had promised to build them up and not pull them down and to plant them and not pluck them up if they stayed in Judah. In Jeremiah 42, three verses are devoted to God’s promises if they stayed in Judah and 9 are stark warnings not to go into Egypt. Judah had already been delivered out of Egyptian bondage but due to lack of trust in God, they would march back into Egyptian bondage. Just as today, men trust men instead of God.
“But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.” Jeremiah 44:17. In their apostasy, Judah believed they their calamities had come upon them because they neglected worship to the “Queen of Heaven”. (The “Queen of Heaven” by the way was named “Astarte” which is where we get our “Easter”. That is another story for another time but I pray next time you celebrate “Easter” with the easter baskets and bunnies, you remember who you are celebrating. As Christians, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ – not Astarte.) They had no idea these calamities were because of their worship to other gods. Is any of this starting to sound familiar?
In todays world, we think of worshipping other gods as little wooden statues but it is not. Worshipping other gods, or idolatry, is faith in ANYTHING other than Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Every single person on the planet has faith, even atheists have faith, but it is the object of our faith that matters. In the church today we have psychology as an object of our faith. Carve out a little statue and name it psychology. Then we can go ahead and carve another one and name it philosophy. While we are at it, let’s go ahead and carve one out and name it “series”. The church today is rebelling against God’s Word and seeking man’s scheme for a victorious life. Egypt makes us comfortable in our sin; in our idolatry, whereas, God will shine His light on our sin and then point us to the deliverance of our sin, the Cross of Jesus Christ.
So what came of Judah after rebelling and going to Egypt? “Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.” Jeremiah 44:27. As should be expected, God’s Word will always stand and a small remnant of Judah was left to tell the story.
However, the following verse is what made my spirit jump:
“Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.” Jeremiah 44:30.
What is significant about this scripture? Seeker sensitive Egypt was punished for receiving the rebellious Judah. Egypt was delivered into the hand of her enemies.
Dear Seeker sensitive church who worship the gods of psychology, philosophy, word of faith and many others…. your pews may be full, your worship may be appealing to the flesh with the music and lights, your preaching may be inspirational but there is nothing – nothing you can do that will feed the spirit of one who is truly seeking God. Those who can discern the difference between a psychology gospel and the Gospel of Jesus Christ will either starve to death in Egypt or leave Egypt and seek the face of God. If this offends you, then pray for discernment and ask the Lord to reveal to you what it is that is offensive. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will always lay waste our works, which Egypt doesn’t like; It will lay waste our fear, which keeps us in bondage…the Gospel of Jesus Christ will offend those who are sitting under another gospel because it shines a light on their god. Remember this seeker sensitive church and those sitting in the pews:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
Few there be that find it…get out from under Egyptian’s bondage that the Lord has already delivered you from and determine to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified from Salvation until the good Lord brings us home…stay at the foot of the Cross of Jesus. – Donna Warren