Bible Strong-The Choice of Life or Death

Jeremiah put it bluntly, “Take your choice of life or death”. The prophet warned King Zedekiah, and his people to submit to the Lord’s instruction. If they did they would live, if not, they would die.

The Lord had offered such a choice before. Earlier in Jeremiah’s ministry, the Lord confronted the people of Judah with an opportunity to change, such as when God appealed to the people to come home to Him. If they rejected idol worship, admitted their guilt, and confessed they were rebels, God would cleanse their minds, and heart, and they could live peacefully in the land. However the people scornfully rejected this offer again, and again. The Lord warned them if they rejected the path of life, they would experience judgment. This note sounds all through God’s covenant dealings with His people. Obey the covenant life as God designed it and live, or refuse to obey the Creator’s design and die.

In Jeremiah’s day, only a few chose life. The majority rebelled, and experienced death. In the end, the people led by Zedekiah ignored the Lord, defied the Babylonian army, and suffered judgment. They intentionally rejected the gift of life.

The Bible teaches us in Hebrews 11 that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. You are told that God forgives all your iniquities, heals your diseases, redeems your life from destruction, crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, satisfies your mouth with good things, and that you will be renewed like the eagles. Accept the Lord, and see what He will do for you.

Today you can choose to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior or not. Jesus brings eternal life and not accepting Him brings eternal hell. Which one will you choose? Will you intentionally reject the gift of life?

God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.