by Rev. Derick Jarrell
If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.
God is telling Jeremiah to tell his chosen people (Christians) that if they will put away their sins and return to him he will not remove them, he will forgive them.
I thank God that he loves me enough to send messengers to warn me and get me back on track with his will. In vs 1 “IF” is a conditional term, there is the state of and the state which can be after certain conditions are met. Put is a command word, Gods people have to do certain things to inherit his blessings and promises.
Here in vs 1 Gods people (Christians) have to put away their sin.
Vs 2- 3
And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
For thus saith the lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Here again God emphasizes his audience for this parable is his chosen people Jerusalem and Judah (the church, Christians). He compares their hearts condition to two different types of soil. One is fallow ground, which is soil that was once used to produce a bountiful harvest; but over time has gotten so hard from the elements of nature compacting it that the only thing that can grow in it now is briers and weeds. The other type of soil here is broken up soil which use to be fallow but is now broken up, softened up, cultivated and prepared to grow something that can be used for a good purpose.
I really want to emphasize the audience in this passage of scripture; it’s people who use to be very close to God! It’s people that saw Gods hand move time and time again in their lives, people that saw miracles on top of miracles but now have drifted distant and far from GOD. These people’s hearts have become like fallow ground they do not/can not hear or feel Gods presence in their lives because of the hardness of their hearts. What causes our hearts to get hard today? SIN, unforgiveness we refuse to forgive others, pride, bitterness, hurt from others, jealousy, etc. Once Satan plants these seeds in our hearts we begin to get hard and cold and falling away from God. God wants to break that hard and stony heart up and get all of those elements out of our lives so we can let Gods love grow and produce Godly fruits to help others. That’s what we are created for to begin with. In vs 1 we see the condition word “if” and the command for us to act, WE have to give 100% of our hearts to God so he can plow and break all the ungodly (briers and thorns) out of our lives, “IF” we do that then God will fill us with Godly qualities and bless us and uphold us and use as for the purpose he created us for! “IF” we don’t allow God to break us up when we get hardened by this world then we will be removed from the promises and blessings of God!
I encourage and challenge you today to evaluate your relationship with Christ and allow him to have every part of your life so he can prepare it to produce a bountiful harvest not thorns. I’m reminded of David’s prayer in psalms (paraphrasing) “search me, and try me and see if there be any wicked way in me.” That should be our prayer everyday of our lives and if God finds something then we have to let him get it out of our hearts!