If You’d Like to Keep the Fall Holy Days By Webcast

As I’ve been alerting you, we are thick in the middle of God’s amazing Holy Days:

  • the Day of Atonement starting tonight at sunset and ending Monday, Sept. 28 at sunset
  • the Feast of Tabernacles starting this Friday night at sunset and running from Oct. 3-9
  • the Eighth Day Oct. 10

Yesterday over 50,000 people gathered on the mall in Washington, D.C. for the RETURN National Day of Repentance & Turning to God. I heard there were big rallies in two other cities. How heartening to see such a response for a day called by religious leaders. But I wonder how many in the crowds were also keeping God’s Sabbath Day.

God calls us to worship Him on His Holy Days. The Jews call the 10 days between Trumpets and Atonement “the days of awe” and a time for reflection and repentance. They don’t fully understand the days because they don’t recognize Jesus Christ, but repentance and turning to God is always good!

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And when the Bible mentions turning to God

it specifies two main ways: tithes and offerings and keeping God’s Sabbaths and Holy Days. There’s good reason for this connection: Giving the Festival Tithe is God’s financial means for keeping His Holy Days, especially the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day.

Tomorrow morning my wife and I will be driving to Denver to attend the Atonement service, and then from there we will be driving to Montana to keep the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day.

Thanks to Covid, God’s people in many parts of the world cannot keep these events in person.

You in the United States can attend all of the services by webcast

For the Day of Atonement, go to http://www.ucg.org/webcast.

For the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day, go to this link: https://www.ucg.org/members/news/2020-feast-of-tabernacles-webcast-information. Choose either Panama City Beach, Florida webcasts or St. George, Utah webcasts. Note the broadcast times carefully and mark your calendar! No pass code needed.

It can’t be overstated how crucial these Holy Days are this year for preparing God’s people for the perilous days ahead.

Here Come Da Judge!

A comedy singer named Dewey Pigmeat Martin is credited with creating this phrase, which was then popularized by comedian Flip Wilson and Sammy Davis, Jr. on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1967-73).

But if you’ve ever had occasion to sit in a courtroom, it’s no laughing matter. The robed jurist enters the hushed room with awesome power to change your life!

On Passover we soberly remembered how Jesus Christ came down to earth the first time to die for our sins. He did not come at that time to condemn the world (John 3:17).

On Sept. 19 we observed the Feast of Trumpets

picturing His second coming to establish the Kingdom of God on earth and restore all things. Here come da Judge!

“The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). That’s good for us because Jesus lived as a human being. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 5:15).

God the Father and Jesus Christ are Master Timers. They “choose the proper time … [and] will judge uprightly” (Psalm 75:2). The Father decides when it is the best time to call each person so they will have the best opportunity to make it into Their eternal Family of God (John 6:44). The Father must open your mind and give you eyes to see (Luke 24:31-32).

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Their Holy Days, which we are in the midst of keeping right now, reveal Their plan of salvation and the timing for when they will judge … YOU!

The Feast of Tabernacles (Oct. 3-9) pictures the Millennium on earth when those who survive the end-time tribulation and chaos and those who are born during the 1,000 years will have their opportunity for salvation. Rather than it being luck for who survives, Isaiah 27:12-13 says God gathers “one by one” after the Great 7th Trumpet blows (pictured by the Feast of Trumpets). Yes, no doubt the Father will personally and deliberately select each one for whom it will be the perfect time for them to be judged.

The Eighth Day (Oct. 10)

is the Holy Day that pictures the Second Resurrection when all who have ever lived and died without having their opportunity for salvation will be resurrected back to physical life and have “the books” opened to them—the Bible (Revelation 20:12).

This is the not-understood meaning of the rattling of the dry bones coming back to physical life in Ezekiel 37. That’s when “You shall know that I am the Lord … I will put my Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land” (verses 13-14). It was on an Eighth Day when Jesus told the woman taken in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus the Judge would be the light of the world and bring rivers of living water!

The major goal of the Millennium will be to restore the earth to be ready to house these up-to-50 billlion people waiting for their special time of judgment to be added to the eternal God Family.

All this has been decreed in the Bible by Jesus Christ the Judge.

Where does that leave you?

If you’re reading this blog and responding to God’s calling to you, you have the astounding opportunity to be in the First and Better Resurrection (Hebrews 11:35) and come with Jesus Christ the Judge.

What will that entitle you? “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world … [and] angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)? Satan and the demons have already been judged! Their judgment is pictured by the Day of Atonement coming quickly on Sept. 28.

Are you grasping it: when the 7th Trumpet blows and “Here come da Judge,” that could include you!

All rise!

The Day of Atonement: A Warning & a Great Reward

God says in Psalm 19:11 that His laws are “a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.” A servant of God takes careful note and gladly obeys!

Someone would talk back:

“How can the Day of Atonement be a great reward

when you have to go without food and drink this coming Sept. 28 from sunset to sunset!”

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And the timing for this fast points us toward empathizing with this suffering world (Ezekiel 9:4) because of satan the devil’s rulership and deception. We want this mark!

Just five days later, starting at sundown beginning the Sabbath of Oct. 3, comes the Feast of Tabernacles that pictures Jesus Christ and the resurrected saints beginning the restoration of all things! The joy of that is even more inspiring because of the contrasting hunger and thirst that precedes it. At the Feast all are commanded to eat and drink whatever their heart desires (Deuteronomy 14:26!

Yesterday, Sept. 19, we celebrated the Feast of Trumpets which pictures the turning point of world history where Jesus Christ returns and begins setting up the long-awaited Kingdom of God on earth. Nobody knows exactly when Jesus will return except the Father, but odds are that it will occur on a Feast of Trumpets that pictures it! If that occurs, just nine days later into Jesus Christ’s new administration will be a Day of Atonement.

This day pictures satan and his demons being put away for the 1,000 years of the Millennium. Jesus Christ already defeated satan in Matthew 4.

Satan is a roaring lion, and in the Millennium lions will become powerless big kitties! Prrrrrrfect! Satan won’t be around to even sit on anyone or knock someone over! Looking for a lamb babysitter?

Of course, the significance goes way beyond wild animals being pacified—wild carnal humans will be tamed by God’s way!

In another huge reward of the Day of Atonement, this is the day

A Jubilee Year begins (Leviticus 25:9)

Christ will surely begin His administration in a year of Jubilee! When all debts are released and land restored! God will set all people free! And administer just reparations.

What a reward when the “spirit of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) will no longer be around, broadcasting his wrong attitudes and deceiving the world (Revelation 12:9).

This will be my 51st Day of Atonement! What a great reward it has been to keep this amazing Holy Day! Though I can’t eat one on the Day of Atonement, what a wonderful carrot God dangles! But a carrot is usually matched with a stick.

God carries a big stick and doesn’t always speak softly:

Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement … You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly [commanded appointment], a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the LORD. [He wants YOU!] Do not work during that entire day … making you right with the LORD your God.

All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s people. And I will destroy anyone among you who does any work on that day…. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation wherever you live” (Leviticus 23:26-31, New Living Translation, emphasis added).

I say in love, I hope you will keep the Day of Atonement Monday, Sept. 28. I don’t know how God can say it much plainer and scarier than that.

The Sacrifices God Wants From Us Now on This Feast of Trumpets

Tonight at sunset begins the Feast of Trumpets (Sept. 19) picturing the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to restore all things (Acts 3:19).

Surprise! He will restore the sacrificial system!

Ezekiel 40-48 details the millennial temple and the Zadok priesthood. Other scriptures showing the sacrificial system will be restored in the Millennium:
Zechariah 14:21 and Jeremiah 33:18.

Why would God do such an executive decree?

  • I can just hear Jesus: “Take that all who thought the fault was with My law. As Paul said, the fault was with “them” (Hebrews 8:8).
  • “In those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year” (Hebrews 10:3).
  • People realize the enormity of sin when you have to kill one of your prized animals!
  • “Law was a tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).

But today we don’t do sacrifices. Or do we?

Let’s look at the sacrifices God wants from us now if we want to be the firstfruits in the first resurrection at Christ’s return.

  • Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I wil sing praises to the LORD” (Psalm 27:6). Hopefully we are doing that today in assembly with God’s people keeping the Feast of Trumpets! Joy is the second fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  • “Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God” (Psalm 50:14, New Living Translation). “Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me” (verse 23).

What is the most important trait for a Christian and for keeping the Feasts of God such as the Feast of Trumpets today, the Day of Atonement on Sept. 28, the Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 3-9, and the Eighth Day (Oct. 10)? In his 50 years of ministry, Victor Kubik, president of United Church of God, says the answer is gratitude.

Herbert W. Armstrong, leader of the Philadelphia era of the Church of God, said that he always tried to spend half of his prayers giving God thanks.

Many Christians recommend starting each day by thanking God for another day of life. At a Colorado Preteen Camp, Natalie Hooser exhorted the campers to start each day thanking God for five blesings.

We should keep firmly in mind, though, God wants more than lip service (Isaiah 29:13). Psalm 119:7 (NLT) says “I will thank you by living as I should.” As Jesus pointedly warned, “Why call Me, Lord, Lord, and don’t do the things I say?” (Luke 6:46).

Giving thanks promotes humility. No wonder the Bible says, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NLT).

A pastor was trying to stir up a parishioner who was having marriage problems: “What if when you wake up tomorrow, you only have what you gave thanks for today? The man lit up: “Oh, that’s how I can get rid of her!”

  • “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” (Psalm 51:17, NLT). The Beatitude puts it: Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). Not that God wants us to lack the Holy Spirit. It means realize our complete need for God. “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). Bible study is a spiritual sacrifice!
  • “Let my prayer be set before You as incense” (Psalm 141:2).
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A. Beaten fine—discuss points in detail (Exodus 30:36).

B. Blend of ingredients—discuss everything with God. “Pray about everything … Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6).

C. Heated up—FERVENT (chief ingredient needed for effective prayer). “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Elijah prayed “earnestly.”

D. Sweet & appealing to God—Ask God to accept the freewill offerings of my mouth! (Psalm 119:108).

Yes, at His second coming pictured by this day, a surprise is that Jesus Christ will restore the physical sacrificial system as a good schoolmaster to lead people to Christ.

We don’t do animal sacrifices today, but the Bible asks us to give spiritual sacrifices of joy, thanksgiving, broken & contrite spirit, and fervent prayers and Bible study.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

In His instructions for keeping the Feast of Trumpets today, God commands “Present special gifts to the Lord on this day” (Leviticus 23:25).

We are to be His temple. His royal priesthood.

It’s you He wants!

Will You Be Ready When Jesus Christ Returns? What About for the Event This Sabbath?

The Bible says Jesus will come like a thief in the night.

“Understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into” (Matthew 24:43).

So the question is not how the thief is coming. The issue is when.
Why will everybody not be ready when Jesus Christ returns?

Will you be ready?

By the end of the Four Horsemen, 1/4 of the world’s population is dead. Following that is the Great Tribulation which is the worst time on earth ever experienced! Then come the heavenly signs—the heavens out of kilter! Then Jesus returns like lightning circling the earth and the Seventh Trumpet blasts loud and every eye sees Him. All the armies of the world gather together at Megiddo and go to fight the returning Christ in the Kidron Valley called the Valley of Jehoshaphat or Valley of Decision. If you wind up there, you’ve made the wrong decision!

You’d think nobody could miss when Jesus returns. Well …

Are you missing what Jesus Christ is doing this Sabbath?

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This Sabbath is a double Sabbath—a regular Sabbath honoring Jesus Christ as Creator and serving as a sign of who are His people plus picturing the rest Jesus and the resurrected saints will being to the earth for the Millennium on earth. But on top of that amazing symbolism, this Sabbath is a High Day Sabbath called the Feast of Trumpets. This Sabbath and this Holy Day are moedim in Hebrew—holy commanded appointments with God the Father and Jesus Christ (Leviticus 23:2). They expect us to show up!

The Feast of Trumpets pictures nothing less than the turning point of world history—when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords takes away rulership of the world from satan the devil and begins the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Feast of Trumpets pictures when the firstfruit saints are changed to Gods in the First Resurrection! And when the Bride marries her Husband Jesus Christ! Plus when the saints receive their reward! And when the 12 Tribes of Israel are gathered back to the Promised Land to be the example to the Gentiles! Not events to miss!

So here’s the point: The answer to whether you will be ready for Christ’s return like a thief in the night is the same as whether you will be keeping the Feast of Trumpets this Sabbath.

If you really understand what the Sabbath and the Feast of Trumpets mean, what could possibly be more important for you to be doing?

I hope you are relishing this Holy time when it arrives this Friday at sunset.

No Family Reunion Was Ever As Exciting As the One Pictured by the Feast of Trumpets Sept. 19!

I often think about the time we went to our first big-time family reunion. It’s unforgettable because it’s the only time I remember my family venturing out of state.

We must have left early in the morning from Las Animas, Colorado and Dad drove us to Kearney, Nebraska [pronounced—surprise!—Karn’-y after a general]. I think it was at a park where all the relatives on my Mom’s side had gathered. My Dad wasn’t social at all and I don’t recall us staying long at all. My memory says we got back home the same day, after having a thrilling stop in Dodge City, Kansas and seeing Boot Hill. I’ve never forgotten that special trip, just because we went somewhere! But I can’t say the reunion did me much good since I didn’t remember anybody!

Talk About the Reunion Pictured by the Feast of Trumpets!

Next Sabbath, Sept. 19 will be the Feast of Trumpets, God’s amazing Holy Day that pictures the turning point of human history when Jesus Christ returns to set up God’s Kingdom on earth!

Thrilling will be the reunion that will take place at the blowing of the Seventh Trumpet! First, all the dead in Christ from Abel on to that moment will rise first, and then those in Christ who are still alive will join them, rising in the air to meet the returning and conquering Christ and His angel army in the clouds—to ride with them down to step foot on the Mount of Olives and take governance over the earth.

I am determined to be there one way or the other!

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Will there be a moment in that hectic globe-changing action to actually talk with all the Bible heroes from the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11? The 12 Apostles plus Paul? I identify most with Joseph. I’m sure that we’ll each receive a hug from Jesus!

The action may be so hectic that I’ll have to wait to determine if the 7,000 who didn’t bow the knee to Baal actually qualified for the First Resurrection. If they did, and the 144,000 really is the number of the firstfruits—as I believe it is since the Bible says that and I know God who knows the hairs on our head and the stars in the sky can count! (Rev. 14:3-4)—then that’s taking up a big chunk.

Will Solomon be there? I hope he repented and is there. Will the innumerable multitude of Revelation 7 be there, or does God have a special reward for them? There’s an idea that they are innumerable because God, who gives us free moral agency, doesn’t know how many of them are needed to bring the firstfruits back up to 144,000 after some have lost their crown.

The Feast of Trumpets picturing this Best Family Reunion Ever

is just eight days away. And the actual reunion surely seems so much closer now, in light of all the evil taking place in the world. The Bible says it’s for sure at least 3-1/2 years away, but maybe not so much more than that! For any who die and lie unconscious in the grave awaiting their resurrection, it will seem like only the blink of an eye!

So many to meet and greet and get to know! But unlike the Kearney reunion, we’ll have the 1,000 years, the Great White Throne Judgment (maybe 100 years), and then all eternity!

That makes it so exciting to each day study up on our wonderful Elohim Family.

Announcing the New Broose the Moose YouTube Channel!

The brand new Broose the Moose YouTube channel [click on image above] was launched July 2, 2020 and so far has two videos. Broose is trying to promote the same godly way of life that is promoted in this blog, in the form of a ventriloquest act that is kid-friendly, fun merriment, Bible-based, with facts about moose that demonstrate God’s amazing creation as opposed to the folly of evolutionary dogma.

The goal is still: Building the Family of God

As you can read in the About for this blog, Broose the Moose got his start about 40 years ago—by doing shows for nursing homes in Pasadena. These new shows on YouTube can go out to the whole world, according to God’s blessing. He will Isaiah 55:11 it!

Can He use you? As you see, there aren’t many subscribers yet, and we’d appreciate you having a look at it and hopefully subscribing—and sharing with your friends and family. THANK YOU!

Broose gives special thanks to my daughter Heather for creating the fun videos!

Is the Moon in 2020 Out of Kilter Like the Earth!

Last night, Wednesday, Sept. 2, the moon looked totally full. Called the Corn Moon in September, it was so clear! And encircled by bands of gray, then rust/brown, blues, yellows and oranges. All the colors of a rainbow appearing like a big target to aim my eyes at! At points almost like the numbers on a clock, rays of light arched straight down to my glasses. A spectacular display!

I couldn’t help being moonstruck!

But the moon seems wrong! Two days early! Why do I say that?

In Genesis 1:14 God says He created the sun and moon to “be signs to make the seasons …” The Hebrew word for “seasons” is moed and refers to God’s Holy Days which come in three seasons of the year (Deuteronomy 16:16). God knew He would teach His people His Holy Days, which teach His plan of salvation, before He created man!

So each year the the Feast of Trumpets, coming this year on the Sabbath, Sept. 19, takes place on a new moon. And the Feast of Tabernacles, beginning this year at sundown starting Sabbath, Oct. 3, should sport a huge, bright Harvest Moon.

A highlight of keeping the Feast of Tabernacles is taking the time to sight the new moon on the opening night. I have enjoyed this spectacular sight in various sites around the world for 50 years, including in Australia, Israel, Europe, Canada and the U.S.

So, when we looked at what appeared to be a full moon last night, we reasoned that it was somehow going to be even fuller Friday night, since that would be 28 days until the beginning of the Feast.

But the Internet says the September full moon occurred yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 1:22 a.m. eastern daylight time. It says the new moon will occur on Sept. 17. And the Harvest Moon will be Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:05 p.m. EDT.

What? Two days early!

Has the moon gone haywire like the rest of the world in 2020?

Is there a day or two difference on the website from what is observed in Jerusalem? Does that explain it? Some put great stock in when the new moon is observed in Jerusalem, but those who do always seem to calculate as many different times as there are of them!

That’s why God gave the Jews authority over the Sacred Calendar (Romans 3:2). Otherwise God’s people would never agree on when to assemble to keep His Holy Days.

God’s Holy Days have already been determined

and scheduled for years to come to outlast me, that I carry on a card in my wallet. God makes it convenient for us to obey Him! We have no excuse not to show up for His sacred appointments.

The website points out that we always see the same side of the moon. And that the moon appears full the night before and the night after it actually reaches its peak to the casual observer. I was standing in our backyard barefoot in unmatching shorts and shirt so I guess I qualified!

So the moon will probably still look new on the Feast of Trumpets Sept. 19 and full at the start of the Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 3.

Last night the Corn Moon was so clear. I could almost tell what color of eyes the man in the moon had.

And it looked like he was smirking!

Hope for the Future Through God’s Holy Days

As we head into November, the hope being peddled is through Biden or Trump.

Actually, our real hope is through A-Biden in Christ and being resurrected at the Seventh Trump.

One key characteristic of faith: hope for the future!

God will deliver on His promise: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

God lays out our hope for the future in His annual Holy Days that He commands us to rehearse each year for the grand finale.

For about five months, the virus and lockdowns have challenged the keeping of the weekly Sabbath, and we had to keep Passover, the Days of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost via Zoom.

But we kept them, nevertheless! And for the United Church of God, 70% of the weekly Sabbath services are back assembling in person. And plans are in place to keep the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and Eighth Day that are all coming within a month.

Will you be keeping them?

If you’re reading this, you are called NOW. If you choose to respond, you could be in the First Resurrection, pictured by the Feast of Trumpets. Why wouldn’t you want to be in the “better resurrection!”

Feast of Trumpets … Sabbath, Sept. 19
Day of Atonement … Monday, Sept. 28
Feast of Tabernacles … Oct. 3-9
Eighth Day … Oct. 10

You would then get to serve in the government of Jesus Christ as a glorified God Being, helping the King of kings restore the earth during His 1,000 year reign from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles. You would be in on the ground floor of the Kingdom of God for eternity! This really motivates me! Just out of college, I worked as #3 man in a start-up steam cleaning business for low wages in hopes of someday being a top boss manager. Doing the Work of God is NOW an abundant life (John 10:10), and the future is beyond our imagination!

If you don’t choose to seize the pearl-of-great-price opportunity, and you don’t survive the chaotic end times to live into the Millennium, you will be resurrected during the Great White Throne Judgment, pictured by the Eighth Day. Yes, you would have your one opportunity for salvation at a time when satan has been put away, pictured by the Day of Atonement, and when the whole Earth would be under godly peer pressure, but you’d be physical again, perhaps for 100 years. Yes, for the vast majority of humans, you don’t go around only once!

Yes, these Holy Days are coming up quickly. But you still have time to prepare to keep them. You must act quick! You can find what to do at http://www.ucg.org. Help yourself by downloading the Holy Days booklet. You could email me and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Nobody ever does, and the shock might kill me so that I’d be ready for the First Resurrection!

God’s Holy Days, which picture what God the Father and Jesus Christ are doing, with you in mind, really are the ONLY HOPE for this world. They really are the ONLY HOPE for you.

When I learned about God’s Holy Days 50 years ago, I couldn’t wait to start keeping them! After the COVID virus has been preventing in-person worship for five months, I can’t wait to keep these Feast days even more!

This knowledge of God’s Holy Days really motivates me to want to be in the First Resurrection, not the second. This life has been pleasurable, but it won’t compare to the “pleasures forevermore” that God promises (Psalm 16:11). I say no thanks to another 100 years in the flesh! But for the billions, God knows it’s the best time for them.

For you, is it NOW or then?

God’s Messages in Jeremiah & the Bible in Just 2 Words

Jesus Christ? Yes, two powerful words. The living and written Word of God!

The Gospel? Two other life-changing words. The good news of the Kingdom of God!

But those four words are not found in the book of Jeremiah among its 33,002 words. For now let’s forget the 33,000 and focus on the two.

How God’s message in Jeremiah can be summed up in two words

What did God expect of His people while on their way out of Egypt and headed to the Promised Land? Lots is written in Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, but Jeremiah gives it in two words: “When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not burnt offerings and sacrifices I wanted from them. This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’” (7:22-24, New Living Translation throughout).

What have God’s people been doing wrong so that God is ready to bring national captivity? “Who is wise enough to understand all this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it to others? Why has the land been so ruined …? The Lord replies, “This has happened because my people have abandoned my instructions; they have refused to obey what I said” (9:12-13). Yes, Obey Me!

Repeated in Jeremiah 11:4, 7-8 where three times God says “Obey Me!” He charges: ” I have repeated this warning over and over to this day, but your ancestors did not listen or even pay attention.”

Jeremiah 18:12 has the overture we and Israel and the world will be prone to play: “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”

I remember at the most stubborn, rebellious times of my life where I not only thought but actually said out loud to God, “Nobody can tell me what to do.”

Fortunately, I’m still here because I very quickly realized that God can tell me what to do! It scared me to death when those words popped out of my mouth!

Jeremiah told King Zedekiah: “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you” (38:20). God’s message is the same to top leaders as to the common people: Obey Me!

And God’s message in the entire Bible [783,137 words in the King James Version]

can also be reduced down to: Obey Me!

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  • How the Bible opens: Adam & Eve in the Garden: You may eat of these trees, but don’t eat from that one.
  • How the Bible ends: 7th Beatitude in Revelation: “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book” (22:7).
  • You want joy? “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2).
  • Advice for a young person? “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word” (verse 9).
  • Down to our heart and thoughts! “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Yes, Jeremiah—and the entire Bible—can be summed up in two words: Obey Me!

Yes, our obedience won’t save us, but God gives His grace only to those who strive to obey Him. Yes, for us to repent, God has to grant it (Romans 2:4). Yes, we must have love, but look how God defines it: ”This is the love of God that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3).

May this be said of you and me: “This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments” (Psalm 119:5).