Jeremiah 13 … Consider His Predetermined Purpose for His People

“‘For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen,’” (13:11).

One verse. One verse that can change the entire course of our life and eternity. One verse, if we will listen!

His warnings persisted, imploring His people to humble themselves in order to hear before it’s too late. But in their refusal to humble themselves and listen, their great pride would lead them further into their stubborn and worthless pursuit of their worthless gods.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless,’” (13:8-10).

And again we see His painstakingly exhaustive undertakings to get His people’s attention. Oh, such grace and mercy bestowed in His object lesson. They refused to hear; perhaps when provided with the visual illustration in a linen waistband, perhaps when they saw themselves in their worthless condition before God so Worthy of their devotion, perhaps if confronted with what was coming, perhaps then, their eyes would be opened.

But heartbreak is anticipated and bitter tears will flow as the people choose to remain steeped in their haughty pride, ensuring their conquer and captivity.

 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty,
For the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God,
Before He brings darkness
And before your feet stumble
On the dusky mountains,
And while you are hoping for light
He makes it into deep darkness,
And turns it into gloom.
17 But if you will not listen to it,
My soul will sob in secret for such pride;
And my eyes will bitterly weep
And flow down with tears,
Because the flock of the Lord has been taken captive,
(13:15-17).

If only they had listened and heard His heart for His people, His intention in calling them; if only they had taken to heart His warnings; if only they had committed their lives to pursue Him in faith and refused to follow the worthless gods of the nations.

If only… for then, they would have found themselves living in the place of His blessings in His Predetermined Purpose for His People.

Consider His Predetermined Purpose for His People

For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen,’ (13:11).

  • His Predetermined Purpose: that His People would live clinging to Him in faith.
    • “For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,” declares the Lord
      • You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him, (Deuteronomy 13:4).
  • His Predetermined Purpose: that His People would live as those who belong to Him.
    • “…that they might be for Me a people,”
      • “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people,” (Leviticus 26:12).
  • His Predetermined Purpose: that His People would live to bring fame to His Name.
    • “…that they might be for Me a people, for renown…”
      • Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
        Make known His deeds among the peoples,
        (Psalm 105:1).
  • His Predetermined Purpose: that His People would live to bring Him praise.
    • “that they might be for Me a people… for praise…”
      • My soul, praise Yahweh,
        and all that is within me, praise His holy name,
        (Psalm 103:1HCSB).
  • His Predetermined Purpose: that His People live to bring Him glory.
    • “that they might be for Me a people …for glory…”
      • “Everyone who is called by My name,
        And whom I have created for My glory,
        Whom I have formed, even whom I have made,” (Isaiah 43:7).

How do we respond to His Predetermined Purpose for His People?

One verse clearly outlining His Predetermined Purpose for His People; one verse, culminating with the saddest of commentaries, but they did not listen.”

For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen,’ (13:11).

It’s all there for us, if only we will listen. And in His painstakingly exhaustive undertakings to make sure we listen, He tells us exactly what impedes our hearing: pride, great pride, stubbornness of heart, haughtiness, such pride that must take a lowly seat (13:9,15,17, 18).

But, if only we will humble ourselves, listen to His Word and live to pursue His Predetermined Purpose for His People, we will find ourselves exactly in the best place possible.

This definitely calls for some self-examination on our part. What are we living for? What do we make a priority? What do we value most? As we’ve all heard before, a look at our checkbook and our calendar will shed some light on our priorities; but only the Lord is able to examine and prove our heart. He alone knows our deepest desires, and He promises that if He is what we value most, if our delight is truly to live by faith in His Predetermined Purpose, He will grow us in our desire to grow in our devotion, obedience and righteousness.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday,
(Psalm 37:3-6).

Oh, that we would so humbly follow and fear Him, that we would live in His Predetermined Purpose as we cling to Him in faith, convinced in the sure hope we have in Him.

My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me, (Psalm 63:8).

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen, (Hebrews 11:1).

Let us listen and obey His voice, that we would live in His Predetermined Purpose as those who belong to Him, set apart to proclaim His excellent, marvelous light.

For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth, (Deuteronomy 7:6).

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy, (1 Peter 2:9-10).

Let us ask Him to so grow us in our faith, that He would grow us in our desire to live in His Predetermined Purpose to bring fame to His Name, committed to His mission to make disciples wherever He sends us.

Yes, Yahweh, we wait for You
in the path of Your judgments.
Our desire is for Your name and renown,
(Isaiah 26:8 HCSB).

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19).

Oh, let us never be satisfied with mere lip service, that we would live in His Predetermined Purpose to bring Him praise, intentional to remember every blessing and benefit we have through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

My soul, praise the LORD,
and do not forget all His benefits,
(Psalm 103:2 HCSB).

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name, (Hebrews 13:15).

Oh, Lord, that we would cling to You in faith and live as those who belong to You, intent to bring fame to Your Name as we remember every blessing we have in Christ, that we would truly choose to live in Your Predetermined Purpose to bring You glory. Oh, that we would never take for ourselves what belongs to You alone. May our hearts be so humbled before You, that in all that we do for all of our days, we would live to bring You and You only, the glory due Your Name.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth,
(Psalm 115:1).

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God, (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Let’s Grow Together!

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