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[DCLM Daily Manna 29 October 2019] Topic: The Unclean Girdle

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Topic: The Unclean Girdle

WF Kumuyi
BIBLE TEXT: Jeremiah 13:1-14

1. Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

2. So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

3. And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,

4. Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

5. So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.

6. And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

7. Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it; and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

8. Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

9. Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

10. This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

11. For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory; but they would not hear.

12. Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine; and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?

13. Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

14. And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD; I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

KEY VERSE:– Jeremiah 13:10

“This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing”

John the Baptist went about in raiment of camel’s hair and a leather girdle about his loins eating locusts and wild honey to rebuke the unbridled affluence of the professors of religion in his day.

Isaiah walked naked and barefooted for three years (Isaiah 20:3,4), as a message to Israel of the shame in depending on Egypt and Ethiopia. When man closes his ears to hearing God’s warning, He often demonstrates same with signs man cannot notice.

The Lord was speaking to Israel and Judah that had been dull of hearing through the parable of the linen girdle. Prophet Jeremiah was to put the linen girdle on his loins without washing it. After many days of going around with this dirty girdle, he was to go and hide same in the Euphrates (about 250 miles away).

After a while God asked him to go and bring it back. What he brought back was a girdle marred and good for nothing.

Israel and Judah were like a girdle to the Lord. As a girdle cleaves to a man, they were to stick to the Lord to be a people. But they would not hear; they walked in the imagination of their hearts and served other gods. They became like a girdle that is good for nothing.

This parable has many applications to the Church and individuals to whom God has bestowed grace in time, talent, treasure, with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. To presume that one can be marred with sin and still retain the closeness, favour and power of the Almighty is completely delusionary.

Proverbs 30:12 states that

“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness”.

Our prayer today must be: “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me…” (Psalm 19:13).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sin joins one with the devil in a union.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 22-24

Daily Manna is the daily devotional of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry (DCLM). It is an extraction of God’s Word designed to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis through an insightful exposition and analysis of God’s Word.

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