“One Year Bible” Old Testament Passage
“Then I will make this house like Shiloh….”. Jeremiah 26:6 (NKJV)
As we read the Old Testament prophets, we read a story of the judgment of God. Repeatedly, God’s people have disobeyed and rebelled against God. Despite faithful warnings from God, they refused His grace and goodness, His beckoning to walk in blessing.
With reluctance, God backed away from them. This is an example of the judgment of God. He does not always bring devastating catastrophe. He does not usually rain down fire. His usual means of judgment is to back way and remove His presence.
He says that He “will make this house like Shiloh.” Shiloh was once the most important location in Israel. It was there that the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Was erected in the days of Joshua. It was there that the seat of government once rested. It had seen some of the greatest moments in redemptive history. But now it lay desolate.
There is a great lesson here. We cannot rest on yesterday’s glory. We cannot believed as the Pharisees did years later (John 8:33) that our past accomplishments or lineage guarantee God’s favor.
Nothing takes the place of radical, complete, whole-hearted surrender. It is that people who will always walk in God’s best.