Many times I complained to my mother that I did not like the food she was offering. She would respond with a question; “have you tried it?” In most cases, I had not.
Jeremiah lived and prophesied during the reign of king Josiah and his son, Jehoiakim, until the destruction of Jerusalem. Josiah brought great reforms to Israel because “Hilkiah the high priest…found the book of the Law in the house of the Lord” (2 Kings 22:8). When it was read in the hearing of Josiah, it began an open repentance with the king. The key to this repentance was that they had “forsaken [the Lord] and have made offerings to other gods” (22:17).
Josiah made a covenant before the Lord “to walk after the Lord and to keep His commandments …with all his heart and all his soul. And all the people join in the covenant” (23:3). The question for us is whether our return to the authority of Scripture is affecting those around us.
During this time, Jeremiah is also impacted with the discovery of God’s Word. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16). Have you eaten the Word?
What will make our ‘rediscovery’ of God’s Word attractive to others is when we take it into our hearts, (eat it) and make it “a joy and the delight of my heart” to obey it! Josiah’s repentance was not private. He wanted the whole nation to enter into what He had found. How wide do you want your influence to be?
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