Our Plight:  Who Will May Know It! II

                                       Jeremiah 9:23-24;



                                    I Corinthians 5:1-11

                                     September 10, 2023




23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man

glory in his riches:

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and

knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness,

judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I

delight, saith the LORD.


Jer. 9:23-24



The peculiar possibility of glory to man is that he is able to know his

Maker. Understand and know. Surely these words mean a great deal; one can

hardly put too much of meaning and encouragement into them. Through

Isaiah, Jehovah said, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s

crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” And yet, if

Israel will only consider and turn, it is capable of knowing God as no brute,

however docile, attentive, and faithful it be, can ever come to know its

master. The brute gives to its master a brute’s recognition; it does the

utmost its faculties enable it to do; but in coming to man we come to one

who can be so altered as to know God even as a child knows its father.

The true glory of the worst of men is that he can be regenerated. The

glory of the best of men is that he has been regenerated. The great end to be

aimed at is that every man should exult in his having been made a partaker

of the Divine nature. The more he thinks of his Savior, the more he will

glory in this — that he, in spite of all his spiritual ignorance and blindness,

has had in him a power to be so renewed and uplifted; that he has become

one of the exceeding great multitude, who owe eternal blessedness to the

work of Christ. To speak of the possibility of such glorying as comes from

the knowledge of God was a great matter in relation to these children of

Israel. They had fallen into the most appalling errors as to the character

and disposition of deity. They had come to have gods many — gods who

were the patrons of cruelty, rapacity, tyranny, injustice, lust, and

covetousness. They had to practice, as a matter of religion, things opposed

to those very things in which Jehovah here represents Himself as delighting.

What was required from them, therefore, was to listen humbly and

attentively to those prophetic expostulations which pointed towards light,

truth, redemption, and a new song to be put in their mouths by Jehovah

Himself. And a similar way is to be ours if we would be sure of glorying in

the Lord. The way of God in this matter is by the truth as it is in Jesus, and

into that way God’s Spirit must lead us, and keep us in it even to the end,

amid all the difficulties arising from the natural pride of human hearts.





                                    II Corinthians 5:1-11


1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were

dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with

hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our

house which is from heaven:

3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for

that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might

be swallowed up of life.

5 Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who

also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at

home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the

body, and to be present with the Lord.

9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be

accepted of Him.

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that

every one may receive the things done in his body, according to

that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we

are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in

your consciences.     (II Corinthians 5:1-11)


“Do not the abominable thing which I hate” (Jeremiah 44:4)

had in every variety of manner been said to them by God, but in

vain. He hated it because it was the root of so many other sins, and

the destroyer of all the good He had purposed both for and

through them.  (USA)



In seeking the usual reference of the above, I expected to be led to a

Bible verse but instead this showed up!






May 13, 2009


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James Miller


For over 200 years, from 1690-1900, a primary reading textbook entitled

The New England Primer was used in every American School. This was the book

 used to teach children in America how to read. They didn’t have grade levels then.

But, this book would be comparable to first grade level curriculum. The first lessons

contain the alphabet, then come the learning syllables and words. About a quarter

of the way through the book the children were taught to memorize a different phrase

attached to each letter of the alphabet. Here are some of the examples:


·         A is for “A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the

        heaviness of his mother.

·         B is for “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure

        and trouble therewith.”

·         C is for “Come unto Christ all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and

        He will give you rest.

·         D is for “Do not the abominable thing, which I hate saith the Lord.”

·         E is for “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”



Above I mentioned that we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ

and receive for the things we have done.  There will be some pleasant things

in the Judgment - “Well done  good and faithful servant.  Thou hast been

faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.  Enter thou

into the joy of thy Lord.   (Matthew 25:23)


It goes on and on like this. This was the primary reading textbook in America’s schools

for over 200 years. Notice one of the lessons contained in the textbook: “Who is the first man?

Who is the first woman? Who is the first murderer?  (quite a contrast to the curriculum of

today - but this is what produced America under the blessings of God - CY - 2023)

Who is the first martyr? Who is the first translated? Who is the oldest man? Who built the ark?

Who is the most faithful man? Who is  the meekest man? Who is the most patient?” Etc… T

his sounds like a Sunday school lesson!


No, it was the primary reading textbook in America’s schools for over 200 years! As you

would get into the back of the book it contained questions such as (remember this is

1st grade level): “What is the fifth commandment? What is the forbidden in the fifth

commandment? What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment? What is the

sixth commandment? What is required in the sixth commandment? What is forbidden

in the sixth commandment?” Now that was the foundation for America’s schools for

over 200 years!



 This is the type of education that John Quincy Adams received. He served

as President, 18 years in the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, and many more

positions. At the age of 14, he received a congressional diplomatic appointment overseas

to the court of Catherine the Great in Russia Can you imagine sending a 14-year-old overseas

as a diplomat to Russia today! But this was typical in that day given the educational

foundation they received. John Quincy Adams said, “The highest glory of the American

Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil

government with the principles of Christianity. ” Today we hear that it is supposed

to be separated and that our founding fathers wanted it that way! John Jay, first

Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, one of the men most responsible

for our Constitution said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their

rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation

to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” How long has it been since we heard

anyone on the Supreme Court say, “now make sure you elect Christians as your leaders”?

In the earlier history textbooks students were taught that George Washington’s farewell

address was the most significant political speech ever given to the nation. Why not?

He is the “Father of the nation. ” He spent 45 years of his life in public service: everything

from Commander in Chief, through two terms as president. He was president of the

convention that gave us the Constitution. He was the one who called for the

1st Amendment Bill of Rights. In his farewell speech he was saying, “This is what

brought America to this point and this is what she must do from here on to be successful.”

Yet, that farewell speech has not been seen in textbooks for nearly 40 years. Why not,

does George Washington have nothing to say anymore? No, the problem is what he says

in the last half of his speech; he goes into great detail about something: “Of all the habits

and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable

supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert

these great pillars! ” We don’t hear these kind of statements anymore. But, these are the men

that gave us the greatest form of government on earth.  France has been through seven

different governments, and Italy has had forty-eight in the past 200 years. Our

United States has been through only one! Where did the founding fathers get their

ideas for a government that could last so long when other nations can’t last?

University of Houston political science professors ask this same question. They

felt that if they could look back at some of the writings of the founding fathers and

see whom they quoted, they would know the answer. They collected 15,000 writings

of the founding fathers. From that they boiled it down to 3,154 writings that they felt had

significant impact on the founding of America. It took ten years, but they found that the

three most quoted men were Blackstone, Montesquie, and John Locke. Now that is a

tribute to these three men, but what they found and did not expect to find was that four

times more than Montesquie twelve times more than Blackstone, and sixteen times more

than John Locke the founding fathers quoted from the Bible! 34% of all quotes of the

founding fathers came out of the Bible. Another 60% came from men that used the Bible

to draw up their conclusions. 94% of quotes used by our founding fathers were based on

Bible Scripture. 34% came directly from the Bible, and 60% were from men that used the

Bible to draw up their conclusions! Blackstone ‘s Commentaries on the Law was the book

that a person couldn’t go to law school without knowing. Charles Finney, who during his

time was like Billy Graham of our day, had gone to law school to become a lawyer before

ever aspiring to be a preacher. In the process of studying Blackstone’s writings on the law

in which Blackstone gave Bible verses that supported the reason for each law, Finney

became a Christian. He became a Christian by studying the law! The idea of three

 branches of government with separation of powers didn’t copy any other government.

This idea came from Isaiah 33:22 “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver,

he Lord is our king; he will save us. ” The idea for “separation of powers” came from

Jeremiah 17. The idea of “tax exemption for churches” came from Ezra 7:24 “Also we

certify you, that, touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinums,

or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom,

upon them.”  It is amazing how many times Congressmen would come to the floor of the

House or Senate with Bible in hand saying, “look what I found in the Bible! ” Others would

then say, “If it is in the Bible, that is what we want. ” They would vote on it and make it law.

The Bible book quoted more often than any other was Deuteronomy. This lets us know that

they were students of the Bible, because not many people today are that familiar with

Deuteronomy. Let us pray that God will bring America back to its Christian, godly

heritage!  God please bless America again!




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Jeremiah 11:17


“For the Lord of hosts, that planteth thee, hath pronounced evil against

thee, for the evil of the  house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which

they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offereing

incense unto Baal.”


2. Their evil returning upon themselves. v. 17, “The evil.., which they

have done against themselves.” This is ever the way of sin “But he that

sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:  all they that hate me love

death.” (Proverbs 8:36). It wrongs our entire nature. What a man sows he



            (a) The reason is debased,

            (b)  the conscience trampled on,

            (c) the power of will prostrated,

            (d) the soul imprisoned,

            (e) the affections perverted,

            (f) the imagination defiled,

            (g) the body often diseased,

            (h) character ruined,

            (i) substance wasted, and

            (j)  all the true springs of happiness poisoned or stopped.


He has sown to the flesh, and of the flesh he has reaped corruption.

Yes, sin is ever done against ourselves.


3. The woe which comes from the provoked anger of God. Besides these

natural results of sin — the reaping which is according to the sowing, and

which are terrible enough in themselves — there come the punitive

inflictions of the wrath of God. History as well as the Bible is full of proofs

of this on a large scale, and so are the experiences of individual

transgressors, though in more limited form. And wherever sin, the primary

cause, is found, there sooner or later will come these other causes which

together work so dread a doom.


·         CONCLUSION. What effect should the contemplation of facts like these

and they are written and wrought for our learning (I Corinthians 10:11)

have upon us? Should they not cause us to reject at once and forever all

those suggestions which Satan is ever plying us with —


Ø      that sin will not be punished, and

Ø      the transgressor may, after all, go free?


In view of facts like these, how can that be believed? And should they not

lead us to offer as our daily prayer the petition, “Give us a heart to love

and dread thee, and diligently to live after thy commandments”?

And not only to dread and deprecate the wrath which sin provokes,

but to desire and seek after that preoccupation of the

heart with the love of God which will bar out sin.


“Guard my first springs of thought and will,

And with thyself my spirit fill  



                                    The Way Home (8:6)


The text suggests much concerning this way from the far country of sin to

the home of our Father and God. The Lord is here lamenting that none of

the people of Jerusalem were walking in it. Note


God  is represented as bending down His ear, hearkening to what is said,

listening for any words of confession, and ready to hear them if spoken.

The text is the language of gracious expectation and desire on the part of God.

It calls to mind the father’s waiting for the prodigal’s return. How often had he

looked with longing, loving gaze down the road along which his returning

son must come, if ever indeed he would come! He had looked so often that a

speck in the far distance would at once be discerned by him. Hence, when a

great way off,” the father saw him. And so here God is represented as thus

waiting for His guilty people’s return. And how much there is to confirm our

faith in this Divine solicitude for the sinner’s salvation! Look at the very constitution of

our nature. That, as Bishop Butler has shown, is evidently on the side of

virtue, that is, of obedience to God, and against the disobedient. “Who will

harm you, if ye be doers of that which is good? thus the apostle

appeals to the universally recognized fact, that the constitution of man’s

nature is such as to favor the good. And, on the other hand, the declaration

that “the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15), is based on another like

fact of universal experience. Such is one evidence of “the care” with which, as

George Herbert sings, “Lord, with what care thou hast begirt us round?

Then the revelation of His truth is yet further in evidence. That truth, as

ministered to us by the written Word or by the lips of prophets, apostles,

pastors, teachers — it matters not — is a perpetual proof of the Divine

solicitude for our eternal good. And His providence, making it to be well

with the righteous and ill with the unrighteous. Well and ill with each

respectively in mind, body, and estate. And His Spirit. That Spirit speaking

to us in conscience and in the powerful pleadings of His grace in our hearts,

of which we are all so often conscious. And, last of all, God has shown us

this loving care of His for us in his Son. He has shown Himself in a manner

adapted to touch and move all hearts, and to draw all men unto Him. Now,

all this mass of evidence is in keeping with that solicitude which this verse

and so many other portions of God’s Word reveal as felt by Him towards

sinful men.  (SOLICIT - ask for, crave, beg, request)   And if it be asked

“What moves this solicitude?” the character of God furnishes the answer.

The holiness of God. “Good and upright is the Lord, therefore will He

teach sinners in the way.”  (Psalm 25:8)  And we are bidden“Give thanks at

the remembrance of his holiness.”  (ibid. ch. 30:4)  It is the nature of

holiness to be distressed at all that contradicts it and is unlike itself. It rests

not until it has assimilated all around it to itself. Here, then, is one reason

of God’s perpetual appeals to sinful men.


·         His wisdom also. It is the characteristic of God’s wisdom to adjust

      means to ends. How wonderfully and beautifully this is seen in all

      departments of nature! But for the fulfilling of the high purposes

      of His grace, what instrument can He find more fit than the regenerated,

      redeemed soul? Even now and here we see this. A soul aglow with love

      and faith towards God, what will not that soul do for God? Hence to the

      principalities and powers in heaven shall be made known by the one

      Church — the company of the redeemed shall evidence it



·         His love also. If the beholding of scenes of distress touch our hearts

      and make us eager to render help, can we imagine that He who made

      us is less willing than ourselves to show pity and render help?

      Our Lord’s argument is, “If ye, evil though ye be, know how”

            and we do know how — “to give good gifts to your children, how

            much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those that

            ask Him?  (Matthew 7:11)  Humanity, as it has been well said, is the

            heavenly Father’s sick child. Will not the Father’s love, therefore, 

            be all the more called forth to that child? 


·         And His compassion also. For this life is the critical period of that

      child’s malady. It is the time when the great question of its life or death

      is being determined. Terrible forces are against it, and the struggle is

      now at its most momentous hour.  This fact would cause the Father’s love

      to go forth, as it has gone and is going forth, in active compassion, in open

      manifestation of its solicitude.


 Such are some of the considerations which lead to our Father’s attentive

observance of all those who travel by this homeward way.


III. THE END OF THE WAY. They who come there will find:


·         restoration to the Father’s love,

·         the implantation of a new nature,

·         the complete pardon of the past,

·         power to live as God’s dear child for the future, and ultimately

·         the everlasting dwelling in the very presence and home of God.


IV. BROOKS BY THE WAY. It is said, “He shall drink of the brook by

the way, therefore shall he lift up the head.” We may apply these words to

the travelers in the way we are speaking of; for they need, in the weary and

often most difficult journey, the refreshments WHICH GOD ALONE CAN

SUPPLY!  Such aids are given in the promises of God, the fellowship of God, the

communion of fellow-travelers on the way, and in the service and worship

of God.


V. THE SOLITARINESS OF THE WAY. It is but here and there a

traveler that is found. The way is not thronged. This verse is God’s lament

that scarce any are found willing to go along this road; for it is not the way

of worldly advantage. They who “are given to covetousness” (v. 10) will

never choose this way. They have persuaded themselves that they are as

well off and better where they are. They are deceived, and, what is worse,

are willing to be deceived: They hold fast deceit, and so refuse to return.”

(v. 5)  We should have thought that surely it would be otherwise.


1. Reason bids them return (v. 4). If a man have fallen, he will not lie

content on the earth, but will arise. If in an ordinary journey he have missed

his way, he will at once retrace his steps. Reason rules in such cases, but

not here.


2. Conscience bids them return. They could not but know that their sin had

done them sore harm; but none of them asked, “What have I done?”

however loudly conscience might summon them to such repentance.


3. Gods Word bade then return (v. 8), but lo! certainly in vain He made

it.   Israel? America?  You?


4. Providences bade them. The events that had taken place were all

admonitions of God; but though the birds of the air marked and obeyed the

providence of God, sinful man “knew not the judgment of the Lord” (v. 7).

(And like the people of Noah’s day, at the time of the Flood “....were eating

and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah

entered into the ark, And knew not until the Flood came, and took them all

away...”  (Matthew 24:38-39 - I hope this doesn’t sound like a fairy tale to

you - Christ doesn’t do fairy tales.  CY - 2023)  Hence the way is solitary. 


·         CONCLUSION. But the question for us is, “Are we in this way?” Let us

bless God if we are, and press on therein. Let us note how short the day is

in which we can travel, how its few fleeting hours are lessening, lest when

we would start on the way we have to exclaim (Jeremiah 6:4), Woe

unto us I for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are

stretched out.”