THE UNCLEAN GIRDLE

THE UNCLEAN GIRDLE

October 29, 2019 0 By admin

*DAILY MANNA*
*TEXT:* JEREMIAH 13:1-14.
_*🔑KEY VERSE* “This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.” (JEREMIAH 13:10)._

John the Baptist went about in raiment of camel’s hair and a leather girdle about his loins eating locusts and wild honey to rebuke the unbridled affluence of the professors of religion of his day. Isaiah walked naked and barefooted for three years (Isaiah 20:3,4), as a message to Israel of the shame in depending on Egypt and Ethiopia. When man closes his ears to God’s warning, He often demonstrates same with signs man cannot notice.

The Lord was speaking to Israel and Judah that they had been dull of hearing through the parable of the linen girdle. Prophet Jeremiah was to put the linen girdle on his loins without washing it. After many days of going around with this dirty girdle, he was to go and hide same in the Euphrates (about 250 miles away). After a while God asked him to go and bring it back. What he brought back was a girdle marred and good for nothing.

Israel and Judah were like a girdle to the Lord. As a girdle cleaves to a man, they were to stick to the Lord to be a people. But they would not hear; they walked in the imagination of their hearts and served other gods. They became like a girdle that is good for nothing.

This parable has many applications to the church and individuals to whom God had bestowed grace in time, talent, treasure, with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. To presume that one can be marred with sin and still maintain the closeness, favor and power of the Almighty is completely delusionary. Proverbs 30:12 states that “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness”. Our prayer today must be: “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me…” (Psalm 19:13).

*✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Sin joins one with the devil in a union.

*COVER TO COVER* JEREMIAH 22-24.

*MEDITATION* DETACHED AND BECAME GOOD FOR NOTHING

*1. Why speak through symbols* vv1,2, Matthew 13:13-15.
a. When the spiritual senses of sight and hearing have become blinded and dull respectively.
b. When the heart could no more understand spiritual mysteries.
c. When spiritual sensitivity is lost.
d. When commitment to spiritual things is superficial.
e. When there other things that are more important to the man other than God.
f. To challenge the power of reflection and application of the recipients’ heart to the truth.
*Prayer* God, touch my eyes and remove spiritual blindness; touch my ears and remove deafness; touch my heart and give me understanding of spiritual mysteries. 🙏
*Ask* God to restore spiritual sensitivity to those who have lost them in the Church.
*2. The obedience of the prophet* vv1-7.
a. The instructions had no immediate meaning to the prophet.
b. It involved the prophet travelling for over 400km for no convincing reason.
c. It was an inconvenient and costly journey.
d. The prophet had learnt to obey God without questioning.
*Prayer* Lord, teach me to obey your word and voice without questioning. 🙏
*3. Lessons from the symbol*
a. Israel, as a girdle, was designed and purposed to be close to God v11.
*Q* What are the 4-fold purpose of God for Israel? v11.
*Q* Have you discovered God’s general and specific purpose for your life?
*Pray* that God’s purpose for your life will be clearer and clearer to you.🙏
b. Israel, being detached from the Lord, missed God’s purpose and become good for nothing v7. “Without Me, you can do nothing”
A detached personality from God’s fellowship will be good for nothing.
*Prayer* Help me to have a closer walk with you and let me not miss your purpose. 🙏
c. Detachment from the Lord led to sinning v10, eventually the wine of the wrath of God filled their cup vv12,13 and judgements, confusion, destruction etc followed vv13,14.
*Prayer* God of mercy, wake up those detached or detaching from you in the Church and bring them back to your purpose of calling. 🙏

*HYMN* CLOSE TO THEE

1. Thou my everlasting Portion,
More than friend or life to me,
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, (4times )
All along my pilgrim journey,
Savior, let me walk with Thee.

2. Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
Nor for fame my prayer shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with Thee.
Close to Thee, (4times)
Gladly will I toil and suffer,
Only let me walk with Thee.

3. Lead me through the vale of shadows,
Bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.
Close to Thee, (4times)
Then the gate of life eternal
May I enter, Lord, with Thee.