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September 23, 2022

Jeremiah 6:13-14 “For from the least of them unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”

We must remember, as we look at the Old Testament we are told by the apostle Paul that “…whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Rom 15:4)

There certainly is much to be learned from even these couple of verses. It shows us much about our human nature.

Notice that the issue being pointed out is covetousness. The people had been consumed with their covetousness. It wasn’t new for them. All throughout Israel’s history, they struggled with looking at the world around them and coveting after what other nations had. Then they would chase after those things and even so wickedly desire them of God.

The bible tells us in the book of Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have. For he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Covetousness is corrosive. It changes us because it causes only a focus on self and desire. When we are solely focused on ourselves we will do anything to satisfy self. The bible tells us in this passage that from the prophet to the priest they all dealt falsely. Why might that be? Because they were doing whatever necessary to promote themselves.

To the point that they were willing to deny the impending judgment of God so that they might find favor with the people. They would cry “Peace, peace” when there is no peace. The bible says that this slightly healed the hurt of the people.

One thing that gives us comfort is to hear somebody (especially one of authority) say “everything is going to be just fine.” That may not be true but we will grab on to that and it brings some comfort. But it doesn’t solve the true problem.

Let us not be consumed with our covetousness and let us not be content to hear man say everything will be fine. Rather, may we look to the Lord above and ask him to reveal the wickedness of our hearts and to heal us from our iniquities.

Parting thought:

We will always take comfort in what we want to hear, but there is far greater comfort in finding and abiding in the center of God’s will.

The assurance of every truth of scripture is just the beauty of it. First because He has promised to do it; and God's promises are bonds that never yet were dishonored. Secondly, because Christ Jesus hath taken an oath that He will do it.“ ~C.H. Spurgeon