DCLM Daily Manna Devotional For October 7, 2019 : TOPIC – RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES
MONDAY OCTOBER 07, 2019
TOPIC: RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES
TEXT: Jeremiah 11:15-23
“What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? When thou doest evil, then thou rejoices” – (Jeremiah 11:15).
When an English robber called Captain Thunderbolt escaped the law and moved to the eastern US in 1818, he began practicing medicine. He took on the name Dr. John Wilson. Often, he wore three suits of clothes to escape recognition by making himself look larger and covering up a deformed leg. Just before the man died, he asked his friends to bury him without removing his clothes, his wish was not granted. The mortician was surprised to find scars from wounds and a withered leg. A search of “Dr. Wilson’s” house revealed a stash of watches, jewelry, and diamonds. The sheriff learned that the doctor was in fact Thunderbolt, a thief in disguise.
The children of Israel, their priests and leaders continued in their acts of treachery while still offering sacrifices in the temple. They lost their favour with God through their backsliding and pretence. The Lord promised to destroy them as well as the inhabitants of the priest’s city for planning to kill Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke against their idolatry. They were like a wife that had become a prostitute without any shame.
God would rather deal with raw sinners who understand their situation and are willing to repent, than these religious hypocrites, who sing to Him while hiding their iniquities.
Religious sinners are very difficult to bring around because of their self-righteousness and the assurances they receive from their pastors who, perhaps do not know their real lives. They are blinded by their religious observances and ceremonies, thinking these are enough to take them to heaven. Though their children and relatives may hire many priests and clergymen to officiate at their funerals, they will be doomed at last because of their sinful practices.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Hypocrites are acting their way to hell if they do not repent.
THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: