"Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?" Jeremiah 2:21
Jeremiah was a prophet to Judah. Israel had been divided at the death of Solomon. Jeremiah's word to Judah was God had planted Judah a noble vine. They were a right seed, but because of their sin and turning to idols especially Baal the god of plenty, Judah had become a degenerate plant unto the Lord. They had become strange to Him because they forsook His ways. Judah's name means "land of praise". The church is the people, not buildings or organizations. A Psalmist wrote:
"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18
The generation to come is the chosen generation spoken of by the apostle Peter, I Peter 2:9. The people of God are to be a people of praise. We must ask, "Has what is called church today become a degenerate plant and a strange vine unto God?" Sin is rampant in the church. It is not dealt with for fear of losing membership. Every denomination has become a dividing influence in the body of Christ. The church is full of idols. An idol is anything which consumes your time and money. Baal, the god of plenty, has its prominent place in the church and the church service. Judah was destroyed in 586 B.C., taken into captivity by the Babylonians, and as the apostle Peter warned:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
Each one who considers themselves to be part of God's true church should ask themselves, "Is my life ready for God's judgment?" If the answer is "No", then let Judah be an example to you, and repent and turn from your idols, and turn to the living God.
Vital Words to the Body of Christ Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give.
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