In our time of personal confusion, national disenchantment, political correctness and societal disgust and shame; it is said that good is evil and evil is good, this passage comes to mind:
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Just as in Jeremiah’s time, our country, in our time, boast of religious knowledge, yet, unless taught by the Spirit of God, the instinct of bullies is a more sure guide than their supposed wisdom. They would not attend the written word. Many enjoy abundance of the means of grace, have Bibles and ministers, but they have them in vain. They will soon be ashamed of their devices. The pretenders to wisdom were the priests and false prophets. This includes the leaders of our day, the political forces that lead us and tell us the way to go; with or without God. usually without God. The forces of today have taken God out of our society, because they fear the power of Him that will pass judgement on them.
They flattered people in sin, and so flattered them into destruction, silencing their fears and complaints with, “All is well.” Selfish teachers may promise peace when there is no peace; and thus men encourage each other in committing evil; but in the day of visitation (second coming of Jesus Christ) they will have no refuge to flee to.
13 I will surely consume them, saith the Lord: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
The fig tree was the symbol of Israel, just as the bald eagle is the symbol of America. Jeremiah is saying that Israel will fade and die. Just as Jesus cursed the fig tree (Israel):
19 When He saw a fig tree by the road, He went to it but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Let no fruit ever grow on you again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
This would be like Jesus coming to the United States today and cursing all the bald eagles and saying we, as a nation, will fade and die. And we will….and we are…
14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the Lord our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord. 15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!
At length they will begin to see the hand of God lifted up. And when God appears against us, everything that is against us appears formidable. As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized.
Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no skillful, faithful hand to apply medicine? Yes, God is able to help and to heal us. If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads.
The Blood of Christ is the balm and the Holy Spirit is the Physician, all-sufficient so that the people may be healed, but they will not be healed because they have turned their back on God, the have taken God out of our society. Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved. Only those of us who are repentant and faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.
“.. that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,”