Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.”
Insights: In Jeremiah 8:5 the Lord says of Israel, “Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.” The New American Standard Bible uses the word apostasy to describe this backsliding condition of Israel. If we go back to chapters two and three we will find ten evidences of the backslidden heart of Israel. Each day this week we will look at two of those evidences and give a brief explanation. The first nine evidences are all found in chapter two. Then tenth evidence is found in chapter three. Evidence one is you have a vain heart. Jeremiah wrote in verse five, “Thus says the LORD, "What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after emptiness and became empty?” The King James Version of the Bible renders the word emptiness and empty as vanity and vain. In other words, these people forgot about the Lord and thought only of themselves and their desires. They had foolishly come to believe that they had picked themselves up by the bootstraps and made their lives something to behold. As a result their lives had no real substance, but were rather filled with empty or vain self-promotion. Evidence two is you have a thankless heart. Jeremiah wrote in verses six and seven, “"They did not say, 'Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?' "I brought you into the fruitful land To eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination.” The people had forgotten what the Lord had done for them in the past and as a result they no longer had a thankful heart or a heart of gratitude. This second evidence flows right out of the first. If you had believed you were the one that accomplished all of your greatness, then why would you show gratitude and thankfulness to God or anyone else for that matter? If these are true of you, you need to repent.
- Do you have a self-serving and self-seeking heart that promotes your vanity and false greatness?
- Do you have a thankless heart that believes you have accomplished all the great things in your life?
Prayer: Father, as we look at these ten evidences of a backslidden heart I pray You convict my heart when they are true of me. That You stir me to biblical repentance and give me the courage to walk resolutely with You and give You the praise, honor and glory You rightfully deserve. Amen.