Jeremiah 2.10-17 and Revelation 7.9-12 – Sin and Salvation
Posted: 1 March 2011 in Jeremiah, Revelation

“For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?”

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.”

Ever since the Fall, sin has been a defining characteristic of humankind. We may no longer bow down to images of Baal, but we have no trouble finding other things we can serve and worship, in place of the one true God. Money and prestige are amongst the leading contenders here.

When Jeremiah prophesied against the ancient Israelites, and called them back to the proper worship of God, it brought only judgment, because fallen humanity is fundamentally incapable of mending its own ways.

Nevertheless, we who live in Christ are now not subject to the same condemnation. God had a plan for his creation, and that plan was not that all mankind should be condemned. For that reason Jesus Christ came into the world, that whosoever believes on him should not be condemned, but should be saved. And now the elect of God have the motive, as well as the duty, to be thankful to God, and to worship him unconditionally. Perhaps, like Job, we will sometimes find that difficult, but the duty will remain. The passage from Revelation depicts this worship as it will continue for all eternity, and it is in this eternal worship that Creation will have fulfilled its purpose.

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