?(Reading: Jeremiah 7:4-12)
?Thursday, September 8
?Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’— only to go on doing all these abominations? Jeremiah 7:9-10 (ESV)
?To be profane means to treat the holy or the sacred with disrespect. Many a people claim to be Christians but their worship and walk show that they do not respect God. They practice all kinds of ungodliness without a sense of guilt. The Bible calls such people as wicked. The Lord sent the wicked this message in Psalm 50:16-19. But God says to the wicked: “Why bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant? For you refuse my discipline and treat my words like trash. …”. Profanity comes in different shades. In the days of Jeremiah, the people in Jerusalem thought the temple of the Lord being in Jerusalem made the city holy even when they dabble in various sinful practices. They come to the temple as though they are pious but worship falsely. They are the people Jesus referred to as having made his “Father’s house a den of thieves and robbers”. Do you hold yourself out as God’s holy vessel yet impure and full of pretense? Repent!
?Meditation And Prayer: Lord, touch my heart with your purity and by your spirit transform me to be a sanctified disciple of yours.
?Further Reading: Isaiah 5:16-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9
?Key Lesson: We are profane if we carry ourselves in God’s house as holy but, live in habitual sin
◼The Bible in one year: Ezekiel 44-46