Jeremiah 9 … Consider His Deliverance from Deception

Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord, (9:23-24).

Jeremiah is drowning in grief while at the same time desiring to flee and escape the deceit and treachery of his people.

Oh that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For the slain of the daughter of my people!
Oh that I had in the desert
A wayfarers’ lodging place;
That I might leave my people
And go from them!
For all of them are adulterers,
An assembly of treacherous men,
(9:1-2).

And the Lord brings it all out in the open. Lies prevail in the land, His people are proficient in Deceit and do not know Him or the Truth.

“They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the Lord,
(9:3).

The entire nation is marked by Deceit. Deceit in what they say. Deceit that encompasses every word, every relationship, every interaction. Deceit that has thoroughly blinded their eyes to the Truth. Deceit that culminates in betrayal, and no one can be trusted, everyone must guard themselves against their neighbors, no one speaks truth. And the picture is painted of God’s people keeping busy wearing themselves out in their sin.

“Everyone deceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth,
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They weary themselves committing iniquity.
“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord,
(9:5-6).

And there is a very telling truth revealed in God’s indictment against His people. “They have taught themselves to speak lies.”

taught: 3925. לָמַד lāmaḏ: A verb meaning to learn, to study, to teach, to be taught, to be learned… God’s people were warned not to learn the ways of the nations, that is, to acquire their corrupt and false practices and standards (Jer. 10:2) but to learn the ways of God instead (Jer. 12:16)… The passive forms of this verb mean to be teachable or to be knowledgeable or well-trained by the Lord…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

Rather than studying the ways of the Lord, they had become schooled in the ways of the world, in lust and pride, and were now submerged in the Deception of all that is in the world.

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world, (1 John 2:15-16).

And we see God’s Grace in allowing us free will. The people were offered a choice. Choose all that is in the world or choose God; and as tragic as it is, they refused to choose to study Truth and know God.

“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord,
(9:6).

And God Who Is Faithful would teach His people in His refining and assaying Work; they had left Him no choice.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Behold, I will refine them and assay them;

For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?”
(9:7).

Those who were trapped and blinded in their adherence to tradition to walk after their own ways, along with all those who yielded their hearts to the false gods of the nations, would be confronted with their guilt and culpability that had brought His judgment; they had forsaken His Commands, His Voice, His Truth and persisted in the stubbornness of their heart and their clinging to Deception.

The Lord said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, 14 but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,” 15 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink,” (9:13-15).

And His ultimate judgment would be in the scattering.

“I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them,” (9:16).

From the beginning of their inception, God had promised incredible blessings to Israel, blessings they would not have to chase after, blessings that would overtake them if they would only chase after the Lord their God in obedience.

“Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God,” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).

And He had also clearly warned them, all the way back in the wilderness, what the end result of forsaking Him would be: they would in fact be scattered.

“Moreover, the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. 65 Among those nations you shall find no rest, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul,” (Deuteronomy 28:64-65).

Yesterday, we considered the Healing Balm of his Word, His Spoken Word, His Written Word, and His Living Word, Jesus Christ. And today we are reminded that we cannot merely apply ointment on a life-killing disease. Surgery is required to cut out the disease before His Healing Balm is applied. And as we submit to His refining knife, He will remove the diseased areas of our heart and Deliver Us from Deception.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Behold, I will refine them and assay them;

For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?”
(9:7).

Consider His Deliverance from Deception

Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord, (9:23-24).

In these two verses, the Lord reveals the root of Deception and His remedy for Deliverance.

Boast: “1984. הָלַל hālal: A verb meaning to praise, to commend, to boast, to shine.” Did you notice this Hebrew word? Hallelujah, often translated Praise the Lord, is actually two Hebrew words, using hālal with a shortened form of Yahweh: “3050. יָהּ yāh: A neuter pronoun of God, a shortened form of Yahweh, often translated ‘Lord,’” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

When the Lord said don’t boast in these other things, He was saying don’t be trapped in the Deception of giving praise to self, proclaiming, “Oh praise my wisdom, oh praise my might, oh praise my riches.”

But because they had become so engulfed in Deception, because they had studied the ways of the world rather than ways of God, Truth was completely skewed until the only thing they found worthy of praise was that which pertained to self.

The root of their Deception was their pride that must first be dealt with and cut out in order to apply His Healing Balm of Deliverance.

  • His Deliverance from Deception is in Humility.
    • Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

And it is only the humble of heart who is open to His Truth. It is only the humble of heart who will follow Him in His Deliverance from Deception.

  • His Deliverance from Deception is in Obedience.
    •  “but let him who boasts boast of this…”
  • His Deliverance from Deception is in Understanding and Knowing Him.
    • “…that he understands and knows Me,”
  • His Deliverance from Deception is in Studying His Ways.
    • “that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
  • His Deliverance from Deception is in Him, our Only Boast.
    • “but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.

How do we respond to His Deliverance from Deception?

The nation of Israel found themselves living in a world of Deception. Truth was intentionally perverted and withheld in their refusal to know God.

You live in a world of deception.
In their deception they refuse to know Me. This is the LORD’s declaration, (9:6 HCSB).

And truth be told, it is all too reminiscent of our own nation, where truth is subjectively defined as relative.

As we look around and see a lost and dying world trapped in Deception and pride, let us never forget, that our only boast in our salvation is solely fixed on His Grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Let us refuse to fixate on the Deception, but rather let us set our hearts on His Deliverance provided in the Grace of His Glorious Truth through Jesus and His Word.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth,” (John 17:17).

Jesus prayed that we would be set apart through the Truth of His Word. That requires time and commitment on our part. On the other hand, studying the ways of the world takes no effort. All we have to do is go along with the cultural tide. But His Deliverance from Deception is realized as we study Him, His Ways and His Truth.

The deceiver of this world is active and aggressive in his quest to devour our faith and drown us in Deception, especially when life doesn’t seem to make sense and we find ourselves amidst injustice, suffering and trials.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you, (1 Peter 5:8-10).

But God has promised as we humble ourselves and make our single boast all about Him, as we give Him Praise in every situation and learn to live in the ways He delights in, in His “lovingkindness, justice and righteousness,” He will Deliver Us from Deception as He perfects, confirms, strengthens and establishes” us in His Truth.

Deceit will always lead to duplicity. Oh, that we would study to know His Ways and His Truth, that we would become as single-focused as Ezra in our commitment to learn, practice and teach others His Deliverance from Deception.

For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel, (Ezra 7:10).

Lord, please lead us to walk in humility and obedience as we commit to study and grow in our understanding and knowledge of You. And as we humbly make our boast in You, and only in You, please use us to teach others to know and understand Your Name, that together we would live to magnify and exalt You, our only Deliverance from Deception.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together,
(Psalm 34:1-3).

Let’s Grow Together!

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