Book: Proverbs 29
“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy.” Proverbs 29.1
Recently my Bible Reading Plan has taken me through the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was appointed by God to be a prophet to the nations. In those days the Lord would speak to people through a prophet, a person chosen by Him to deliver His words. God had sent Jeremiah to give His word to His own nation of Judah. God’s message to His people at that time was a rebuke. The people of Judah had turned from God’s way to follow their own, committing more and more evil all the time including offering their own children as burnt sacrifices. God called them a stiff-necked people.
2 Kings 17:14 “But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God.”
He sent prophet after prophet to call them back to Himself but they refused God’s remedy for impending destruction. And destruction did come, suddenly. From out of the north Babylonians came, attacked and took them captive for seventy years.
The Lord is serious about His rebukes and warnings. He says, “there is a way that seems right to a man but the end of it is death.” God still offers us a remedy for our destructive habits. It’s to stop being stiff-necked and stuck in our own way of thinking or doing things but rather turn our heads and look to Him.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus shows us the way to REALLY live! It is an abundant life He offers. He explains, John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” Read about the works and ways of Jesus in the gospels and follow Him.