Fellowship With The Lord is Important

A young woman asked for an appointment with her pastor to talk with him about a besetting sin about which she was worried. When she saw him, she said, “Pastor, I have become aware of a sin in my life which I cannot control. Every time I am at church I begin to look aro … More

Pride

The people were not responding to Jeremiah’s message, so God had him perform a symbolic act to get their attention (vv. 1-11). He commanded Jeremiah to buy a linen belt and wear it around his waist (vv. 1,2). The fact that it was made of “linen,” the material used for the priestly raiment (Lev. 16:4) would have aroused the curiosity and interest of this unresponsive audience.

After wearing the belt for a time, God commanded Jeremiah to hide it in the cleft of a rock by the Euphrates River. This would have meant a round-trip journey of over 500 miles. Many days after he returns home he was commanded to return to the Euphrates and retrieve the cloth (vv. 3-7). As he dug up the sash he found that its exposure to the elements had caused it to rot and become completely useless.

God interprets the sign of the loincloth (vv. 8-11). “This sash was tight around your waist, and that’s how tightly I held onto the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. I wanted them to be my people, but they refused to obey me” (v. 11). The white loincloth symbolizes the original purity of both Israel and Judah as they were in fellowship with the Lord. As long as the sash remained around the waist it occupied a position of renown and praise. However, when it was removed from his waist and buried it became completely useless. In the same way Israel and Judah had become ruined by departing from their God to serve false gods.

Application

Although the people had once been close to God, their pride had made them useless. The same thing can happen to me very quickly. Pride will rot my heart until I loose my usefulness for God.

Jeremiah 13:1-11 (English Standard Version)

Thus says the LORD to me, "Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water." So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it around my waist. And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, "Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock." So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. And after many days the LORD said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there." Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing. Then the word of the LORD came to me: "Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing. For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen."

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