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Jeremiah 17:2 and more

 

I was reading through this yesterday (ALL NIV verses)-

Jeremiah 17:2

2 Even their children remember
their altars and Asherah poles[a]

The verses before it were – 
1 “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,
inscribed with a flint point,
on the tablets of their hearts
and on the horns of their altars.
So that just kind of stuck with me- Many pagan belief systems utilizes poles and structures like that to honor their ‘gods’ – like the Native Americans used totem poles, and the Hindus – used a very similar structure to honor their idols.  This particular one in Judah was used by the Ugaritic people (wikpedia).  It’s incredibly amazing that they had all these similar structures, in the belief system, before Abraham heard God speak the land of Israel and most of the world was exposed to this kind of thing.  It is very interesting to look at this from an anthropological and archaelogiccal standpoint – where they were in different locations and they all believed in similar things.  I know some people say that the Native Americans carried the belief system with them when they migrated across the glaciers, but I think that it is not coincidental that people that used to live in America had structures dedicated to idols just as they had in India, Greece and the lands that God was talking about and all across the world because they didn’t believe in the one Almighty God.  

I notice as I read through the Old Testament – that God is angry at two main things – idolatry – which is worshipping anything except for Him, and the wickedness that comes from idolatry.  Today I was reading through Jeremiah 23 and I read about the warnings about the shepherds who have dreams that are not sent by Him, and there is a severe warning for them.  Some Christians like to take the OT for granted like it is still not applicable today, but in many ways, to know what makes someone tick, is good, so you can avoid doing it, which is why we have the Word, and the Holy Spirit to guide us.  In Jeremiah 23 it says – 29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?  It was interesting that we sang Burn in Me today and here I am reading about the fire of God in His Word.  

Jeremiah 23 and a lot of the portion makes use of the term baal and it is the same word used for beelzebub in the NT.  According to the online etymology dictionary, one of the root goes back to a term that means “to marry”.  It is interesting to note that this false goddess they were making this pole to was married to another idol according to their belief system.  You see the same thing among the Greeks and among the Hindus – their gods were married to goddesses…which is something that is never mentioned about the Lord – that He is married to anyone except for Israel.  The Book of Proverbs makes use of wisdom, as a person, but that is more a figurative representation of the term wisdom as the gender of the word like the use in languages like Latin, Hebrew and Greek.  

 

I found something that quite puzzled me – I was reading about a verse where it said that God actually hated the people and will no longer love them.  And I was quite shocked, but it actually does say that –

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,
I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,
I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;

So I was wondering who were these people in Gilgal or what does Gilgal mean that God despised them so much and I found this tidbit piece of information – “… Gilgal literally means circle of standing stones”- (wikipedia)  That was enough to get me intrigued…Do you know of the only place that we know of now as a place of a circle of standing stones – well that is none other than Stonehenge…. “circular setting of large standing stones” – (wikipedia).  This Gilgal place was debated by several people to be either one of many places with same name or the same place.  In Hosea and Amos it was used as a place of derision and when it talks Gilgal in the book of Joshua it mentions the stones – they were 12 stones to be exact –

Joshua 4:20-23

20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over.

There were at least 50 stones in Stonehenge and there were 12 stones in Gilgal.  So if they are not the same thing then Stonehenge must have made to duplicate something that was already there or it was there first.  This is not the only duplicate.  There’s one called Gilgal Refim (ghosts or spirits) and was probably made by giant people in Bashan.   It is located in Golan.

http://www.israel-travel-and-tours.com/rephaim.html

 

There is one made from the Druid Stonehenge in England, but I don’t know if it is the same one.  So they must have done something really bad to make God say, “I hated them” and “will no longer love them for they are rebellious people.”

We look at the world today trying to understand the keys from our past so we don’t learn to make the same mistakes in the future.  God has provided us with His Word to show us clues to the mystery.  It for us through the help of the Holy Spirit to figure these things out and listen to the warnings given from God to His people.  Eventually Our Father in Heaven sent down His Son for the First Coming which was Jesus to die for our sins and He is coming down again.  Even though we have all this knowledge that is key to understanding the world and how not to make mistakes as peoples and nations, we still have a purpose here in our own lives and that is to grow in our own intimacy with God and to have a relationship with Him and to preach the Gospel.  Through the reading of His Word we can begin to see so many different sides of God and His vastness that we cannot begin to comprehend with our finite human minds.  I hope this has given you an inspiration to pursue God’s Word in your life and really study and learn and understand so you can go to depths that Paul did in understanding the mysteries of God:

ROMANS 11:25-32

All Israel Will Be Saved

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”[g]

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

That is good to know that God has mercy on people that He has bound to disobedience.