Jeremiah 7: Improve your ways and your works

Chapter seven of the book of Jeremiah is entitled “The sermon at the gate of the temple” and deals with some words that God gave His servant to communicate to His people. It was not a message of beautiful words to the human ear, but some harsh words that the people of Israel had itching to hear, to straighten their paths.

This chapter promptly begins harshly from verse 3:

3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.

Jeremiah 7:3-4 (KJV)

Do you think the people of Israel were willing to listen to a message like this? Let us think for a moment how difficult and risky it must have been for the prophet to stand up in the temple and give these words, telling them that they should improve their works, where there were so many religious and blind people who did not want to recognize the Word of the Lord.

There is an assumption that this message was given to a large crowd, for example, it may have been on one of the Jewish festivals, such as the Feast of Tabernacles or Passover.

God’s mercy is forever and we see it expressed in this phrase: “Improve your ways and your works, and I will make you dwell in this place.” God was willing to forgive their sins and bad decisions if they changed their actions, if they humbled themselves before God. Oh dear reader, God is always willing to forgive us.

God also demanded that the people stop thinking that the religious sacrifices they were offering were pleasing to Him, that they stop believing the lies of those who pretended to be prophets, contradicting the very Word of God given through his prophet Jeremiah. God demanded of the people a change.

Dear reader, trust in God with all your heart and sanctify ourselves more and firmly believe in the only Word that is worthy of trust which is the Word of God.

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