This post is part of a Lenten reading plan created to compliment the Lenten sermon series at Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo. You can follow that reading plan here.
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 7:1-11
Key Verse: “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things?
When Jesus cleared the temple he quoted from Jeremiah 7:11. In that ancient text, Jeremiah challenges those who presume upon God's grace. The people believe that because they have the Temple and are the people of God that they are free to do as they please. They assume that God will stick with them even if they do not stick with God.
Jeremiah warns them that it is never safe to presume upon God's grace. God is faithful to us, but God's faithfulness to us requires that he address our wayward ways. He is a good father not a doting one that spoils his children. God's aim for us is our actual well-being, which is nothing short of our own holiness.
Jesus, the true embodiment of grace, stands in line with the prophet's teaching. The purpose of God's grace is not to indulge our sinfulness but to cure us of it. Let Jesus's words and Jeremiah's remind us to respond to God's grace with thankfulness and not presumption.