November 19, Jeremiah 11:19

Jeremiah 11:19

‟But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devises against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”

Sometimes we all feel this way.  Either with our families or our place of employment.  Maybe in school or on a date.  Each of us will experience this feeling at least once in our lifetime.   Have you ever experienced it because of your religion or your beliefs? 

Here, the ‘name’, per some scholars, is said to mean or reflect the Lord or Christ.  It is not my belief, due to the fact that the Messiah knew the minute He would be taken and crucified.  So how could this verse be about Him or foretelling of the crucifix?  But, for today we will let it pertain to our own name.  This verse can be a foretelling of our tribulations.  If you express your beliefs and bear witness to/of Christ, then satan will want to cut you down at your root.  By removing what you could give as a witness, satan can damage your witness. 

We need to be aware that our beliefs are under attack from our acquaintances just as they were from Jeremiah’s fellow towns people.  If you hold true to the teachings in the Bible, then you will be tested.  There will be a time when your existence will be in jeopardy just because you follow the teachings and you try to teach others what is sin and what is vile.   

Mark 13:11

‟But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, … (vs. 12)   Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents and shall cause them to be put to death.  (vs. 13)   And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: …”

Matthew 24:9,10

‟Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”

How shall we get through a time such as above?  I look to Micah Chapter 7.  This chapter tells of the evil that will be done unto the believers in verses 1 through 6.  Then comes our ‘help.’ Verse 7

‟ Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. ”

And verse 8 tells it best:

‟ Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. ”

What is important to believers is that we are given the benefit of being fore warned!  We are told, over and over, that this will be a burden we will bear.  It is this presage that we should take to heart.  We should gird ourselves with scripture, to give us the strength to bare the iniquities and betrayals.  The Lord has given us lots of verses that we can memorize to get us through troubling times.  We all should have one or two memorized and use them as mantras daily.  From Psalms to Luke; from Genesis to Revelation. 

I have my own mantra and it is a jumbled-up parts of verses that I say many times.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.  Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.  Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom will come.  Thy will be done through me.  Help me to remember not my will, but Thine.  For I know that I will share in the light.

The above is not something that I have ever written, and just typing the letters down to share gives me great comfort.  Through a lot of trials and physical issues I have turned to these words.  I have been saying them since childhood. 

Just for fun the next most often group of words that I repeat are: “Lord, keep my mouth shut and don’t let that thought pop out.”  Or even, “Lord, give me strength.”  Now, some readers might think that I am not saying these with sincerity but let me tell you that I do think these often.  I will even say, “Lord put the Holy Ghost’s hand over my mouth!” 

Jeremiah 11:19

‟But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devises against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”

So, to recap: remember that this verse does not talk about Christ as if He was surprised that He was being led to the slaughter, but He willingly went to the cross! This verse is there to remind us to be prepared for the turning away of our loved ones.  Do not be surprised, as a lamb to the slaughter, but be ye prepared with faith and willingness.  What a witness it would be to be persecuted for the Lord?!

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