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The prophet Jeremiah was born circa 650 B.C., died in Egypt in 570 B.C. God called him at age 17, which means his ministry spanned 60 years of Jewish history. The book of Lamentations serves as an epilogue to his major prophetic work. In summary, he writes: “The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion” (4:22).

As Jeremiah considered how far God’s people had fallen, from the glory days of David, when Israel had conquered all her enemies round about, to son Solomon, whereby God added great riches to the nation beyond its military prowess, he is astonished: “The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem” (4:12). 

In other words, no one would have believed, if you had told them, that a few centuries removed from David/Solomon those whom Israel had conquered would conquer them. 

What is the explanation for such a collapse, for such a decline, for such a disastrous end? Was it bad foreign policy, bad economic policy or insecure borders? No, none of the above! Jeremiah explains: “FOR [because of] THE SINS of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her” (4:13). 

The proliferation of her SINS was rooted in the corruption of her PROPHETS (responsible for maintaining a standard of TRUTH) and her PRIESTS (responsible for maintaining a standard of HOLINESS). As went the nation’s spiritual leadership, so went the nation. No nation can survive when the foundation stones of TRUTH and HOLINESS are abandoned. America has done exactly that!

After America had defeated Germany/Japan and elected Eisenhower, the U.S. was enjoying her own glory days. In 1960, who would have believed that by circa 2025 America’s enemies would run roughshod over her? 

A shift in the political winds (what many are hoping for in 2022/2024) is NOT going to fix America’s SIN problem. ONLY a resurgence of TRUTH and HOLINESS—God’s divine remedies—will suffice to turn our nation around.


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