Today’s Reading: Lamentations 4

Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” was number one on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list for 12 weeks in 2013.  Is it an indicator of how much we’ve blurred the lines morally?  Read Lamentations 4.  Jeremiah highlights the devastation that took place in Jerusalem. Lamentations 4:10 in the Message translation gives an idea of how bad it was.  “Nice and kindly women boiled their own children for supper.  This was the only food in town when my dear people were broken”.  Why did this happen?  What was the cause of all of this?  God punished Israel because of her sin, but blame is laid on a specific group of people. Lamentations 4:13 says, “Because of the sins of her prophets and the evil of her priests, who exploited good and trusting people, robbing them of their lives”.  The prophets and priest abandoned the Word and standards of God.  They refused to boldly proclaim what God said to the people.  They began turning their heads and telling the people what they wanted to hear.  They did not teach nor model for the people how to live before a holy God.  As a result, the people cast off restraint and sinned greatly against God.  Israel embraced “Blurred Lines” as a life motto and thus was their fall.  Have we in America embraced “Blurred Lines” as a motto?  “Blurred Lines” may be popular but they are not pleasing to God.

Spiritual Nugget:  People who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God. Romans 8:8 [New Century]