While we saw in the previous lesson how God condemned the leadership, naming prophets, priests and pastors as reasons for the fall, one wonders 'What was happening with the people?'
The scriptures share some tid bits of information. The ultimate affect was that the people became like ships without rudders, drifting aimlessly in and out of spiritual and moral ideas. Strong fundamental ideas about God being the absolute King, the one we were to love with all our heart, might, mind and strength, eroded into making God wimpy, uncaring, and yes, while its hard to believe, (we only report the facts here,)....God became...feminine.
But before the condemning scipture is shared, notice the happiness, the 'togetherness' 'the bonding' among the families as they now go, according to Jeremiah, to worship the 'Queen of Heaven:'
Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
Notice how the children were getting the wood together! Oh, it was exciting. The dads' were helping little ones light the fire (but surely they weren't using real wood and making a real fire, certainly their greatest concern was preventing man-made global warming from excess CO2 emissions, therefore they made pictures of fire on scrap cardboard from dad's office's recycle bin because dad works in a paperless office that celebrates diversity......oh, nevermind).
But mom is making cakes. Mmmm Mmmm good! This is a family affair! It is warm and wholesome, and everyone is feeling good, and no one is left out, they are reaching out to share hope with unloved neighbors, and bringing them in their warm home and sharing the good news of tastey cakes so they can.....(heavy sigh)......worship the QUEEN of HEAVEN???
Get it? Their whole purpose was mis-guided! The means didn't matter if the end was incorrect. They were missing the point. One can be as sincere as the universe permits about one's intent to worship, but if that worship is not even to the real God, what point is it? Excactly! There is no point. And furthermore, no credit was apparently being given by God, (the Real God, God THE FATHER) as He said it was 'provoking Him to anger!' God was and is the FATHER.
This small scipture points to the vast gulf of misunderstanding that was now the religion of the people, the teachings of the church. And families were feeling good about it. But this is the point, no one in leadership was steering them straight.
It goes on, now the people, ever so entrenched in their pride of error, are insistent they will not change their ways back to the true worship of God:
Jeremiah 44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil,
Notice what happens next, however. The people start to notice something...ever since we've been doing 'the queen worshipy thing,' we keep getting our behinds whipped by our enemies, and just can't seem to find enough to eat...
Jeremiah 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
And just to make sure, this wasn't just a notion among women and kids, the men were part of this folly as well:
Jeremiah 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Oh, it wasn't just the queen worship. The lack of The Spirit in their lives causing them to be generally mixed up was evident in every aspect of their lives. Who ever heard of sewing a pillow to an armhole of one's clothing? It was a metaphor for everyone getting misguided notions and doing the wrong thing.
Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
Isaiah, only stating what God would allow to happenbecause of the church's iniquity in Jerusalem, specifically because of the lack of demonstrated spiritual leadership, described it this way:
4 And I will give children unto them to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor; the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.
Isaiah 3:12 And as for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
What happened to the Godly men that were supposed to lead? They were still around, but seemingly powerless. God allowed it for the people desired it, due to their own iniquity.
It's an extreme example, but the fact is when people go without Godly leadership, the damage starts showing up in what people think, say, and do. The people hold false notions about God, they reverse God-given roles, they exalt the forbidden and eschew the holy...and nobody corrects them.
Well, actually, some people do try to correct them, but when they do, the results aren't in their favor. Read the next lesson Burn the Words, Bind the Prophets to see just what happened when Godly men spoke out.
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