Background: The prophet Jeremiah spoke for 42 years to Judah (God’s people). His prophetic witness spanned over the reigns of 5 kings. Sadly, most of his words urging them to repent and turn back to God went unheeded and Judah was eventually taken into captivity by the Babylonians.
How far would you go to do what the Lord told you to do? Even if it seemed really strange, would you do it? Let’s see what Jeremiah was willing to do because the Lord told him to and why.
Ask the children…
What did God tell Jeremiah to do and why?
“Do not get married or have children in this place. 3 For this is what the Lord says about the children born here in this city and about their mothers and fathers: 4 They will die from terrible diseases. No one will mourn for them or bury them, and they will lie scattered on the ground like manure.” (Jeremiah 16:2-4)
“Do not go to funerals to mourn and show sympathy for these people, for I have removed my protection and peace from them. I have taken away my unfailing love and my mercy.” (Jeremiah 16:5)
“And do not go to their feasts and parties. Do not eat and drink with them at all. 9 For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: In your own lifetime, before your very eyes, I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in this land. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard.” (Jeremiah 16:8, 9)
And Jeremiah was willing to ‘not do’ all these things to show the people by his life what would happen to them if they didn’t turn back to the Lord. That is how much Jeremiah cared for God’s people. But even then the people did not respond and they made fun of Jeremiah because he did all these things.
Ask your children if they are willing to be different than their friends in order to live a holy and pure life? Ask them what it will cost them? Ask them what God has called them to give up that will make them different from their classmates? Spend some time affirming your children for their choices and then pray for them for supernatural strength to stand up to the ridicule of those who don’t understand their convictions.
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