Jeremiah 3:1b (NLT)
1But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, says the LORD. Yet I am still calling you to come back to me.
Jeremiah 3:12-13 (NLT)
12Therefore, go and say these words to Israel, ‘this is what the LORD says: O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever. 13Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to follow me. I, the LORD, have spoken!’”
Jeremiah 4:1-2 (NLT)
1“O Israel, come back to me,” says the LORD. “If you will throw away your detestable idols and go astray no more, 2and if you will swear by my name alone, and begin to live good, honest lives and uphold justice, then you will be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people will come and praise my name.”
John 11:35 (NLT)
35Then Jesus wept.
John 11:49-52 (NLT)
49And one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, “How can you be so stupid? 50Why should the whole nation be destroyed? Let this one man die for the people.”
51This prophecy that Jesus should die for the entire nation came from Caiaphas in his position as high priest. He didn’t think of it himself; he was inspired to say it. 52It was a prediction that Jesus’ death would be not for Israel only, but for the gathering together of all the children of God scattered around the world.
How will we ever move forward as the remnant of God’s people if we continue to prostitute ourselves with false Gods and idolatry? God is looking for a people who perfectly reflect His character. We just don’t cut it. We are weak, lazy, and easily distracted. We procrastinate in every area of our lives. We don’t really want to move forward in our spiritual growth. Why is that?
We put so many things above God and His ways. TV, sports, cars, houses, family, friendships, work, and a whole bunch of other things all come before our relationship with God and the accompanying spiritual growth. Why is that? What is our problem?
Jesus Wept: Why?
Was it because He was sad about Lazarus’ death? Didn’t He already know that He would be able to restore life to Lazarus? What made Jesus weep? Was He sobbing, or was He just weepy? Was it a tear and a choked up feeling, or was He on His hands and knees wretching in agaony? Why did Jesus weep?
Was He empathizing with Mary and Martha? Was He saddened by the mourning going on around Him? If He knew the outcome of this event, shouldn’t He have been able to hold it together? Why did Jesus weep?
I think Jesus hurt because His friends were hurting. Just because He is God and He knows the end from the beginning, doesn’t mean He doesn’t feel anything. In fact, He loves us — so why wouldn’t He empathize and sympathize with us? An infinite God has the ability to love infinitely. Jesus cares, even when He knows the outcome.
But I also think Jesus was saddened by these people’s lack of faith. They had the omnipotent God in their midst, but they were still deeply saddened over a reversible event. They couldn’t see the big picture. They didn’t understand. They couldn’t perceive anything but their own agony. Jesus was saddened because these people lived in ignorance and faithlessness. He so much wanted them to experience the abundant life He had just spoken about in the previous chapter — but they couldn’t (or wouldn’t).
Then Ciaphis makes his prophetic prediction. Jesus will die so that all may be saved.
I am weak and have constantly appealed to false Gods and idols. I have prostituted myself for money, sex, drugs, alcohol, relationships, possessions, and even emotions like anger, jealousy, envy, saddness, pride, and arrogance. I have a long ways to go before I truly begin to grow in the Lord.
It is time for me to get serious. For what am I waiting? Am I going to turn and pursue God with all of my heart and soul?
Dear God, forgive me for not putting You first. Forgive me for being lazy, dense, mis-directed, and selfish. Please help me to avoid the stuff that distracts from my relationship with You. Please help me to put all of my energy towards pursuing You and your ways. Turn my eyes fully on you Lord.
I want You and You alone to be my source of strength. I want You to mold me and make me into the man You created me to be.