Acknowledge Your Transgressions and Return to Father
- Date: March 4, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15)
- From Wise To Do Evil
As the prophet was coming and admonishing the people of God in their slumber, He told them that He was going to bring them a judgment. He spoke toward them the need for them to turn in Jeremiah Chapter 3, verse 14, as a backsliding people. "Turn back to Me." He had divorced them (Verse 8).
This is a powerful truth that we see here; God divorced His people. Scripture says, "He hates the putting away" (Malachi 2:16). Isn't that what the Scripture says? And yet He divorced His people because of the hardness of their hearts, because of the idolatry, because of their lust. The lust of being inquisitive, the need to embrace stolen waters, the partaking of those things that were the forbidden fruit, that that's natural within fallen man, part of that Adamic nature.
They were venturing out and they were touching these other gods. They were enjoying the partying and the orgies and all that went along with these religions of the Phoenicians and the Philistines, so God put them away. He says that, "You're a people that have justified," (Jeremiah 3:11), "yourselves more than even treacherous Judah." He says, "Return, and I will be merciful to you, but acknowledge," verse 13, "your iniquity."
We've been talking about that, just coming to grips with who we are in this hour. Really looking at our hearts and asking, "How much are we influenced by this world's wisdom? How much are we influenced by their treasures? Are we walking consistently, in a daily basis, with an attitude of liquidating everything?" When I talk about "everything," everything that's of the natural, everything that's of the temporal, to obtain that pearl of great price; have you acquired it yet? Do you have it in your possession? Have you encountered that? Have you now seen the pearl? Have you seen the treasure, and now you're in the process of the acquisition? You know, that's a very exciting time. How many of you remember the times when you get revelation, and you begin to make that preparation? You make the preparation of denying yourself. You make the preparation of driving out these things from your midst, or whatever it is? That's an exciting time, isn't it? That time of acquisition. The time of revelation is an exciting time. You first encounter that pearl, you say, "There it is! That's what life is all about. That's what I'm looking for." The time that that truth became real to you the first time, "The whole duty of man, love God with all of your heart. Keep His commandments. Fear God, keep His commandments," (Deuteronomy 6:5; Ecclesiastes 12:14).
I remember the first time that became real to me. Nothing else mattered. Absolutely nothing else mattered. Are we distracted now? You know, it doesn't take long in this hour, this age of the spirit of antichrist to get defiled, does it? To get our senses dulled a little bit. I'm not talking about you're backslidden. I'm just talking about the fact that we need to be aware of the leaven that's before us, of the defilement that we encounter every day. And don't deceive yourself to think it's not affecting you! We've got to do something to oppose, daily, take up a cross. Daily put on the armor of God that we might be able to stand. And so in this, we want to look at that wisdom of, first of all, recognizing who and what we really are. What our needs are, how much lack there still is in even the best among us.
So, here is Israel receiving this reproof. He said, "You need to acknowledge your iniquity, your transgressions." He says, "When you begin to do that and realize, then, that I will begin to pursue you because you've not obeyed me. I've put you away. But as you begin to acknowledge, as you begin to repent," He says, "I [then] will give you pastors according to my heart," (Jeremiah 3:15), "[and they will] feed you with knowledge and understanding. And it shall come to pass, when you be multiplied and increased in the land in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD; neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more." "There's a day when you're going to encounter Me and I'm going to be sufficient. And it's not going to be all of the ritual temple ordinances. It's going to be fellowship. It's going to be communion. It's going to be intimacy. You will have returned to your first love. I've got something for you that's far beyond anything that this world can offer you. Oh, how I would have gathered you," Jesus said to Jerusalem, "but you would not" (Matthew 23:37).