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Vol.  10  No. 12 December 2008  Page 15                    powered by FreeFind

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    A Sad Bible Verse

By Ernest S. Underwood

Ernest UnderwoodThere are two verses in the 8th chapter of Jeremiah that tell us something about the condition of Judah in that time period. In verse 5 the Lord asks: “Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding?” Verse 20 tells us of the condition of those of whom Jeremiah wrote. It states: “The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!”

These people had experienced the special love of God. In the summer of God’s care for them they had on the whole committed spiritual adultery by worshiping other gods. When the time of harvest came they could bring nothing to the Lord of Harvest. Their terrible plight was that they were not saved, and the context of chapter 20 gives the reasons. As a result of their unfaithfulness and backsliding they were sent into captivity for seventy long years.

Today, God has given us His wonderful and precious Word. By learning, obeying, and living by that Word we can have our sins remitted and have the hope of the eternal home. Yet, many, like the Jews of that day, are lost and seem so unconcerned. One day the summer will be gone; the time to obey (harvest) will pass; and many will awaken to the awful realization that they are not saved, and will meet their Maker in this condition. Are you saved—Saved according to the directions found in God’s Word?


Answering Before One Knows the Question

By Ernest S. Underwood

Do you know someone who knows all the answers even before he or she knows the question? If so, you are not alone. Solomon evidently knew some. His comment about them can be found in Proverbs 18:13. He said, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.” One area where this kind of person can be found is religion. These folks know how one is saved without bothering to read and learn what God has said on the matter. They “feel it in their heart,” or some pastor or reverend has told them to “just ask Jesus to come into your heart right now,” and they know the answer without examining the matter. Such, according to Solomon, act foolishly and shamefully. Men worship the way that “makes them feel good,” without any regard to what God has said pleases Him. Some know the answer about God’s attitude about homosexuality without hearing God on the matter. You should read some of the “hate mail” I get on this when I show what the Bible says. Surely, this is a terrible and dark shame on a religion or a nation who so thinks and acts. God calls it foolishness, foolishness that damns the soul, and all of the laws and wicked decisions of men do not change or make void God’s law. Where do you stand in such matters? Do you know the answer before hearing God in His Word?


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