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Spotlight 6 16 2012
Blessed Sabbath, Berean! If youʼre not convinced that sin is insanity, letʼs continue our study of the Israelites. After they were subjugated by the Babylonians, a remnant was left in Judea. But the governor appointed to rule over them by King Nebuchadnezzar was brutally murdered. Because the people feared retaliation by Nebuchadnezzar, they decided to flee to Egypt. In a moment of “sanity,” they asked Jeremiah: “...pray for us to the Lord . . . that the Lord . . . may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do . . . Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord . . . that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord . . .” Jeremiah 42: 2, 3, 6.
God answered their petition: “. . . Do not go to Egypt! . . . Know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell.” Verses 19, 22. “If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you . . . I will plant you . . . Do not be afraid of the King of Babylon . . . for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand.” Verses 10, 11. Wow! God promised His protection if the remnant stayed in Judea, but sin had dulled their spiritual perception so much that they responded to Jeremiah: “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth . . .” Jeremiah 44:16. That response meets the definition of insanity— doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. Werenʼt they already reaping the results of “following their own way”? God was trying to bless them, but they were afraid to trust Him.
Berean, letʼs make sure that our children are taught to trust God—for their good. We can do this by supporting Christian education. Letʼs place our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate amount on the Education/Scholarship line).