The LORD Liveth in Which Days Jeremiah 16:14

“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;”

God said that there are two times Israel would recognize that the LORD liveth. The first time is that they would recognize that the LORD liveth when they live right. It is amazing how Israel recognized the power of God and His omnipresence by how He delivered them from Egypt and through the Red Sea. As long as they served God, they saw His power of deliverance from the oppression of the world.
Sadly, there is a second time when Israel would say that the LORD liveth. Verse 15 says, “But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.” In this verse, they recognized God’s power and presence after He delivered them from the bondage that their sins caused. It was their sins that caused them to be in bondage in the land of the north, and He was also very capable to deliver them from that bondage if they repented.
Now, you will notice that in both verses that God delivered His people out of bondage. In verse 14, God delivered them from the bondage of Egypt, bondage which they had nothing to do with. In verse 15, God delivered them from the bondage they had everything to do with because their sins caused this bondage. In either case, God had the power to deliver. The recognition of God’s power didn't have to be the second time had they chosen not to rebel from God, but He was still merciful enough to deliver them despite their rebellion. A couple of lessons can be learned from these verses that should cause you to consider your ways.
First, if you keep remembering God’s power to deliver you from Hell, you will never have to see God’s power to deliver you from the bondage of your sins. It is better to recognize God’s power because of salvation because that means you didn't do something that caused you to see His power to deliver you because of your rebellious ways.
Second, God has the power to deliver you from the mess that you got yourself into because of sin. The same God who was powerful enough to give you salvation from sins is still powerful enough to deliver you from the place your sins have brought you have you got saved. You may have messed up in sin, but God has not lost His power to deliver. God’s power to deliver from sin’s bondage did not stop at salvation, but His power can still deliver you from the sin you allowed yourself to be in bondage to.
Third, God cares for the fallen sinner. I love it that God cared for the sinner before the sinner was saved, and God still cares for the sinner who fell into sin after they got saved. What a great God! This is why people will say that God liveth because He not only loved them, but He exercised His power to deliver them from sin no matter which side of salvation the sinner found themselves on.
My friend, let me assure you that God loves you enough to deliver you from sin. If you are lost and on your way to Hell, God has the power to deliver you. If you have backslidden and gotten your life in a mess, God has the power to deliver you from that mess. God’s mercy is great, and His power is limitless to deliver; all you have to do is call on Him for deliverance, and He will deliver. 

Dr. Allen Domelle


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