A Regressive Resolve To Do Wrong

More often than not, we humans tend to embrace that part of our sinful human nature that prefers to make excuses for wrongdoing instead of repenting to undergo reform. It’s a trait that contributes to conflicts in interpersonal relationships. If it runs rampant, it can downgrade a whole culture or society. When we look at the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah and his interactions with his fellow Judahites, people who made excuses for their sins in order to multiply their wickedness gave Jeremiah a lot of grief as he lived a life of obedience to the Lord. Jeremiah 44 provides an example of the type of defiance the prophet dealt with:

15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

This conversation happened after God punished Judah with the violent overthrow from the Babylonians. Speaking to Jeremiah was a group of refugees from Judah who fled to Egypt, physically forcing Jeremiah to go with them. These people had gotten to the point of being so steeped in their evil that they were delusional about the nature of God and his judgments against them. They had fallen into such religious error that they intentionally misinterpreted God’s providence in the midst of chastisement.

According to their warped, devil-inspired views, evil was good and good was evil. Jeremiah had worked closely with Jehovah over the years giving obvious evidence how God’s prophecies were true. The refugees had seen with their own eyes how Jehovah would give a prophecy through Jeremiah, then it would happen exactly as stated. Because of their evil disposition, these men and their equally unwise wives had no desire to recognize the hand of the true God in their experiences. Since the Lord didn’t work according to their assumptions and timing on how blessings and judgments work, they made the false assumption that their lives were better when they were devoted to heathen religion.

To encourage themselves in their spiritually regressive resolve to do evil, they referred to humanistic, man-centered reasoning:

  1. Antiquity: Their fathers and forefathers were into heathen traditions, so they thought they should do the same. It’s a mentality linked to ancestor worship.
  2. Authority: Pagan worship was acceptable to husbands, kings, and princes, so that was good enough for them.
  3. Unity: Everyone around them was doing the heathen practices, so why should they be different?
  4. Universality: People in all cities of Judah and in the capital city of Jerusalem were into heathen tradition and had prospered, so it was up to them to do the same in order to prosper.

But, of course, their false assumption of “everybody’s doing it” ignored the fact a lot of successful people were NOT doing it. They just wanted excuses to continue worshiping the “queen of heaven”, the moon goddess Asherah, aka Ashtoreth, which gave them license to be involved in ritual prostitution and occultic divination or fortune-telling.

The deceptive arguments made by the refugees is very similar to arguments we as Christians may hear today that flow out of the mouths of unbelievers. Many will accuse God, the Bible, and Christians of being guilty of things they really aren’t guilty of. The accusations are based on deceit, misunderstanding, and a lack of investigating with critical thinking or deductive reasoning with wisdom–leading them to draw wrong conclusions. And many of them do it all for the sake of exalting a whole host of wicked practices, including abortion, drug abuse, adultery, fornications, astrology (horoscopes), stealing, killing, Satanism, witchcraft, and much more. Nevertheless, it’s comforting to know that in the midst of a wicked society making excuses for their wickedness, Jehovah will always have a remnant of thousands who will never bow the knee to Baal or kiss up to him or his followers (1 Kings 19:18, Romans 11:4-5).

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