The Gates

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I’m standing at the gate of Jerusalem with my face in hand weeping for the harlot who has lost her way.  Once beautiful in every way, now merely reflecting her former grace.  My heart bleeds for her to come back home but she loves the oppression of Egypt more.  She finds joy in degradation and  thirst for the abominations of the pagan nations.  She has taken hold of their idols and once again dance around the golden calf. She sings the song of blasphemy, proclaiming that the Father is to slow to answer. She has become spoiled in her wanting and has no patience during the tribulations.  The fire is to hot and she refuses to be refined.  Brittle is the gold that has no value, full of impurities not worth exchanging a life for life.  Yet, He give it up and walked the path even though we are filled with pride.  We pray to a different god, poor Jerusalem now you have brought the young bride with you and poisoned her.  What will her husband think when he returns?  The bride’s dress is worn and tattered being so far from white.   I call out, I cry and shout all to be ignored plus called a fool.  I’m urged to go home but I don’t recognize where I am anymore.  They have taken my cross and washed anyway the blood and flesh.  Since it was hard to hold, they sanded it down to make it more comfortable.  They put caps on the edges to prevent splitters and snags on their garments.  My cross looked to common and poor.  My cross was unattractive, offensive and ordinary.  My cross didn’t appeal to everyone so they compromised its meaning.  I reach for my cross but they tie my hands and cover my mouth.  They have destroyed the tablets and write their own laws based on their emotions. Why? he still whispers in their ears filling their hearts with deadly promises that will not be kept.  Truth is so foreign to them both until they can’t see the lie.  The bride is so concern about not doing what she shouldn’t, that what she has to do goes undone.  She is unkept and defiled; consumed in transgression without a care.  My lamentations are day and night as they refuse my LORD’s holy word.

Jeremiah 2

26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught,
so the house of Israel is disgraced—
they, their kings and their officials,
their priests and their prophets.

27 They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’
and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs to me
and not their faces;
yet when they are in trouble, they say,
‘Come and save us!’

28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves?
Let them come if they can save you
when you are in trouble!
For you have as many gods
as you have towns, O Judah.

29 “Why do you bring charges against me?
You have all rebelled against me,”
declares the LORD.

30 “In vain I punished your people;
they did not respond to correction.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
like a ravening lion.

31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD :
“Have I been a desert to Israel
or a land of great darkness?
Why do my people say, ‘We are free to roam;
we will come to you no more’?

32 Does a maiden forget her jewelry,
a bride her wedding ornaments?
Yet my people have forgotten me,
days without number.


Jeremiah 23

9 Concerning the prophets:
My heart is broken within me;
all my bones tremble.
I am like a drunken man,
like a man overcome by wine,
because of the LORD
and his holy words.

10 The land is full of adulterers;
because of the curse [b] the land lies parched [c]
and the pastures in the desert are withered.
The prophets follow an evil course
and use their power unjustly.

11 “Both prophet and priest are godless;
even in my temple I find their wickedness,”
declares the LORD.

12 “Therefore their path will become slippery;
they will be banished to darkness
and there they will fall.
I will bring disaster on them
in the year they are punished,”
declares the LORD.

13 “Among the prophets of Samaria
I saw this repulsive thing:
They prophesied by Baal
and led my people Israel astray.

14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen something horrible:
They commit adultery and live a lie.
They strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that no one turns from his wickedness.
They are all like Sodom to me;
the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

15 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets:
“I will make them eat bitter food
and drink poisoned water,
because from the prophets of Jerusalem
ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

16 This is what the LORD Almighty says:
“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
not from the mouth of the LORD.

17 They keep saying to those who despise me,
‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

18 But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD
to see or to hear his word?
Who has listened and heard his word?

19 See, the storm of the LORD
will burst out in wrath,
a whirlwind swirling down
on the heads of the wicked.

20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understand it clearly.

21 I did not send these prophets,
yet they have run with their message;
I did not speak to them,
yet they have prophesied.

22 But if they had stood in my council,
they would have proclaimed my words to my people
and would have turned them from their evil ways
and from their evil deeds.

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2 Responses to “The Gates”
  1. that spoke to me.. thank you. that was very very good..

    love you, thank you.


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