But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the Lord, “that this house shall become a desolation.” ’ ”
There is no other name higher than the name of the Lord. When God swears by Himself…you know that He means business.
“Shall you reign because you enclose yourself in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink, And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.
The father here is a reference to Josiah, the great and very good king who brought about religious reform by reintroducing the word of God which had been forgotten. He got rid of the high places and reinstituted the Passover. Unfortunately it was short-lived. The people never truly repented and when his son took over, they were right back where they had started.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the Lord. 2 Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the Lord.
Notice that the Lord is not saying they quit feeding the people, He is saying that they were feeding them the wrong things. There are so many teachers like this in the world today. They teach the people, but unfortunately, they teach them the wrong things.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
What a glorious bit of prophetic Scripture this is about Jesus. He is our righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; All my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the Lord, And because of His holy words.
Jeremiah’s heart continues to be broken because of the false prophets who were misleading the people. When I think about false teachers today, I am saddened that people say nothing about such teachers, somehow suggesting by their silence that their teaching is alright. The only teaching people need today is the unadulterated word of God.
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—
Titus is considered a pastoral epistle, a letter to Titus who was a leader (pastor/elder) in the church. Here we see some of the same qualifications as we saw in 1 Timothy 3. It is also a verse which seems to speak of a plurality of elders.
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
It is one thing to have made a profession of God, however it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t do what the word says you should do. It disqualifies us for any good work we could hope to accomplish for the Lord.