Ultimate Rebellion
Tim Temple

Introduction

These last chapters of the book of Jeremiah are very sad chapters. As we have worked our way through the book of Jeremiah in these last few weeks, we have come to the destruction of Jerusalem, the assassination of the last king of Judah, the putting out of his eyes as he watched his sons put to death, the scattering of the people, taking most of them into captivity and leaving the poorest and the weakest behind to fend for themselves in the shattered remnants of what had once been the great, golden city on the hill, the city of Jerusalem, the remnants of David's kingdom and Solomon's kingdom, now scattered and spread out and wasted and gone.

Chapter 44 contains the last prophecy that Jeremiah gave to the nation of Judah. Even though the nation itself had disseminated and gone, there were still a few people left who had fled to Egypt, and Jeremiah was still faithful to the ministry that God had given him, ministering to those people.

In the remaining chapters of the book, there are some prophecies that Jeremiah gave to the other nations around Judah. God knew that the other nations would notice what had happened to this once great nation, and God led Jeremiah to give messages to those other nations saying, “Look what God is able to do to nations who forget Him. God is willing even to disseminate, to desecrate His own chosen people because of their faithlessness to Him, and you surrounding nations need to pay attention.” Those are the prophecies that we have in the last five of six chapters of the book, which we will summarize in our next lesson. Today we look at the last prophecy that Jeremiah gave to his own people, the people of Judah. It is a sad message indeed.

The message apparently took place at some idolatrous festival of which the scattered remnants of the Jews were taking part. Probably it took place some considerable time after the captivity of their fellow countrymen because in verse 1, we read these place names—Migdol and Tahpanhes and Noph and Pathros. Apparently if you looked at a map of Egypt, you would see that those are cities that are scattered around over the nation of Egypt. The captives had scattered to all these various places around Egypt. But they had come to this central location to participate in the godless, idolatrous festival, and Jeremiah was still on the job. Even though Judah as a nation is gone, Jeremiah never abandoned God's call and God didn't stop speaking to him, so Judah comes to this place. A debauchery on the part of God's people like this would call for his presence.

As we try to get the gist and the focus of this message, we will see that it is a very sobering message. The last decision of this people as it is recorded in this chapter is a willful, emphatic turning away from God. We are going to see that God's last decision about them was a ratification of their choice because we are going to see in this chapter a display of the principle that is articulated in Romans, chapter 1, that as individuals down through history—a cycle of history that has repeated itself in individual lives and in the lives of nations—insist in going on in their sins, God gives them over to that which they insist on pursuing. God, in His grace, calls to us and tries to turn our hearts to Him, and God, in His grace, makes ample provision for us to walk in fellowship with Him; but if you or I as individuals or if nations as a group insist on turning away from God and doing their own thing and doing what they want to do, even if they think it is right, if it is out of accordance with the will of God, there comes that point, which only God knows, where God says, “All right, if that is what you want to do, if that is what you insist on doing, I turn you over to that.”

Most of you are familiar with Romans, chapter 1, and the horrifying progression of sin that takes place when God gives up people to their sin. That doesn't mean that they can't still be saved; it doesn't mean that they can't come back to God. It means that God gives them over to the consequences of their sin and lets sin ravage their lives and ruin their lives. This is one of God's important principles, and we are going to see that stated in this chapter a little later.

The theme of this chapter is ultimate rebellion and that is the title that I have given to this message. We might also add the words ultimate punishment because these people said, “We will do what we want to do,” and God said, “All right. I will let you do it.”

Jeremiah's Message to the Remnant

In verses 1-14, we have the message that Jeremiah gave to the remnant. Because it is so similar to the other messages that we have looked at over these weeks and months, let me just summarize it for you. In verses 1-10, He gives them a review of the past. In those verses, He reminds them of their rebellion against God. In spite of all the calamity that God had brought on them, they had continued in their sinful ways of doing what they wanted to do.

In verses 7-9, he gives them a preview of the future. In those verses, he points out the total folly of continuing in the very practices that brought upon them the destruction of their nation. He says, “How foolish of you to think that even though now you are immigrants in a foreign country, you could still continue those practices that destroyed your own country.” He gives them a very sobering warning about that foolish practice and how God is going to continue to discipline them if they continue to participate in the things that He has judged them for already. I hope you will take the time to read through the sobering details of how God warned them and pleaded with them, even here in the very end of their lifetime.

Malicious Response of the Remnant

In verses 15-19, we find the malicious response of the remnant. God had given them a message from Jeremiah and here is their response to the message. First, we need to notice in verse 15 the participants in this response. Who were the people who spoke this? In verse 15, it says:

Jeremiah 44:

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,

Let's stop right there for a minute. I want you to notice the widespread number and group of people who were here—all the men. their wives, and then all the women who stood by. There was a great multitude of them, a summary of “all the people that dwell in Pathros, in the land of Egypt.”

The Adherence to False Worship

They pronounce that response in verses 16-19. There are two things to notice in this response. First, notice their undying adherence to false worship. In verse 17, they said:

Jeremiah 44:

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.

The people reply with this appalling unanimity, confirming their devotion to the queen of Heaven. The Bible mentions the queen of Heaven and other false gods and goddesses, but the Bible itself doesn't give us very much information about those false gods. Secular history, archaeological studies and discoveries and those kinds of things tell us that very probably this was a worship of the relationship between the sun and the moon. It was a very erotic, sensual kind of worship of the sun giving life to the moon. They would visualize that by all kinds of terrible practices of prostitution. The emphasis, very much like the emphasis and the focus of what goes on in society today, was on sex and on sensual things and on those kinds of practices that, except within marriage, God has condemned.

They said, “We are going to go on with this kind of worship.” Notice, they said in verse 17, “We will certainly do whatever has come out of our own mouth.” Jeremiah said, “I am speaking to you out of the mouth of God.” Here is the message from the mouth of God, and they said they would do what cames out of their own mouths.

Look at their ridiculous reasoning. “When we poured out drink offerings to her, when we burned incense to her,” in verse 17, “we had plenty of food. We were well off and saw no trouble.”

If you have been paying attention as we have looked at the book of Jeremiah over the past several months, you have seen what a foolish assessment of their situation this was. They, in fact, by this time had been under siege for two years and people starved to death and ate their own children before they starved to death. For many years this statement had not been true, but these people were so perverted in their thinking, so twisted in their memories, that they thought by worshiping this queen of Heaven, they were well off and they were blessed. It is another little reminder of what sin does to our memories and what time can do to the memories of things that have been very harmful to us.

The Unique Aspect of this False Worship

The unique aspect of this false worship is in verse 19:

Jeremiah 44:

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?

I want us to think for a few minutes about the significant statements that are made here. Verse 19 is a very significant verse because of the unique aspect of this false worship that Jeremiah records for us in the participation of the women in the worship. They answered him saying, “We prepared cakes to her and we prepared the drink offerings and we did all these things that were a part of the worship of the queen of Heaven. We had our husbands' permission. We did it.”

The participation of the women in this defiant, godless, false worship is a significant thing, I say again. It is referred to other times. When you have the time, look back at verse 15, verse 20, and in verses 24-25 of this chapter. There it is mentioned just in passing. We have read this verse because it goes into more detail. The women were participating in this false worship. In fact, this had really been something that was touched upon from Jeremiah's earliest ministry back in chapter 7. It is mentioned just in passing as Jeremiah denounces the idolatry. He refers to the fact that the children would gather wood, the fathers would kindle the fire, and the women would knead dough to make the offerings that they presented to these false gods.

In chapter 9, Jeremiah called for the mourning women to repent. Those women were not mourning in the prophecy that Jeremiah made there in chapter 9 because that was their role. He wasn't talking about a bunch of crying women; he was talking about the fact that the women who had participated in this false worship were going to be crying out to God for deliverance and mercy before it was all over with.

In chapter 38 of Jeremiah, he was warning King Zedekiah to turn from his wicked ways. Jeremiah was still appealing to that last king to turn from his ways. He told them that the women, who were responsible in large part for the nation having come to that place of judgment, would blame the leaders for the ruin. The emphasis there in that part of chapter 38 is that the women had participated in this false worship. Interestingly enough, Isaiah, the prophet who was a little before Jeremiah's time and who prophesied primarily to Israel, pointed out in chapter 3 of his prophecy that the same problem was there, that the women and the children participated in this false worship. Things had gone so far that even the women and children were participating in these things.

The summary of all of this, and the reason that I am bearing down on it so much, is that one mark of a depraved society is the openly depraved women who are a part of it. God has a very important, significant place for women in His program, and when the women become idolatrous, when the women actively participate in the sinful practices of a nation, then that nation, you can know, is marked for judgment.

The Place of Women

Let's think for a minute about this important place of women, the important place women have in God's plan. I am sure all of us have heard the old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” That old saying is a good summary of what God has in mind for women. Ladies, God has prepared you and has brought you into this world for an extremely significant place and an extremely significant ministry. It is a ministry of influence, primarily. It is an influence of gentle guidance, primarily, but it is a significant ministry.

Someone has said, “Women rule the world by ruling over men.” I haven't forgotten that the New Testament tells us, “Wives, be in submission to your own husbands.” Men, think about this. Man never fully escapes the influence of women. Women influence men in tremendous and powerful ways. I recently came across an editorial in the paper by Cal Thomas. Cal Thomas, in case you don't know, is a believer in Jesus Christ. He has pastored in the past, though currently he is a commentator and he writes for a large number of newspapers. He is the second most widely published commentator, maybe not the most widely read, but his columns appear in more newspapers in the United States than any but one commentator. He has a tremendous ministry, and it is well worth reading his columns when you see them in the newspaper.

Recently he had an editorial in the paper about the importance of mothers. Let me share with you some of the things that he said. He wrote this editorial because Vanity Fair magazine had an issue devoted to important women in our world today. As he reflected on that article, he wrote this: “What influence?” One of the definitions is power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. He was lamenting the fact that out of the whatever number of powerful women were highlighted in that magazine, every single one of them were either CEOs of corporations or television personalities. Not a single mother was mentioned in that article. This is what he was saying about that: “Are female cabinet members, corporate CEOs and political activists the only women considered to have such power? Does a television anchorwoman who reads words written by another from a teleprompter have influence equal to that of a stay-at-home mother, directing the moral, social and intellectual development of her children? Gale Evans, a vice-president of CNN, tells me that she stayed at home for a decade to help rear her children before accepting a job outside the home. ‘I learned more about managing a business carpooling kids in a nine passenger vehicle than I would have ever learned at Harvard Business School,' she says! Amen!”

Listeners to Dr. Laura Schlessinger's radio program frequently call in to thank her for giving them permission to quit work outside the home. None speaks of sacrifice, but rather of the blessings they receive from investing themselves in the career of building other lives.

Laura Quaglio was a successful magazine editor, but when her daughter was born, she chose to work part time at home. She tells Dr. Schlessinger, “I wanted to be the one guiding her, playing with her, bandaging her hurts, sharing her joys. I wanted to show her how to cut paper snowflakes and paint pumpkins, and it didn't hurt when I saw this type of family fun going on right next door.” Hearing she had turned down a promotion, Quaglio's husband said, “Honey, you could have been the queen,” To which she replied, “I am.” Schlessinger faults the pursuit of happiness through acquisition, constant stimulation and immediate gratification that always fails to deliver, as the motivation behind so many women abandoning their young children to people and influences outside their immediate family. Why aren't such people included on a long list of influential women? It is because they are not in charge of the culture. It is because feminism has decreed that the only women who matter are those employed and those who are working outside the home.

Notice very carefully. It is an established fact, and I understand it fully, that there are some mothers who have to work outside the home—single mothers, mothers whose husbands in spite of the best of their efforts cannot make enough money for the family to survive on. I understand that and Cal Thomas understands that, but the focus of this, and the point that Cal Thomas makes that I want to share with you, is that women have tremendous influence on the lives of others, specifically on the lives of their children.

That power of women continues beyond just motherhood. The thinking man does whatever it takes to keep his wife happy, beginning with Adam and Eve. By the way, do you remember what Adam said when God appeared to them in the garden after they had committed that first sin? God spoke to Adam first. God knew that Eve was the first one to sin, but He spoke to Adam because that is the order in which God does things. The husband is responsible. He said, “Adam, what have you done?” Adam said, “By the way Lord, it is Your fault. The woman whom You gave me, gave me of the fruit and I ate it.”

He said two things. “God, first, it is Your fault; and second, it is her fault.” Why did Adam do that? He did it because he loved his wife. He did it because he wanted his wife to be happy. She had already done it, and she suggested that he do it, so he did. Men, down through the years, many times have even committed sin because that is what their wife wants them to do. Many, many many more times than that, the woman is the one who influences the husband to do right. Men will do what their wives want them to do, even if their motive is only to keep the wife happy. Many men have made right decisions and have invested themselves in good things because that is what their wife wanted them to do. Do you see, women, what a powerful place God has given you? Daughters many times have more influence on their fathers than their peers do. How many times do men decide to do something or not to do something that their friends want them to do that day because their daughter wants them to do this other thing. You girls need to know that you have a place of great influence and power either for good or ill on the men in your lives.

At the same time, the irony of that is, and I think the reason that the feminists have been able to gain such a hold on our society is, that women have to live with the decisions that the men make. Men, that is a tremendous responsibility for us to keep in mind. When we make wrong decisions, those women who may be trying their best to influence us for good, when we make decisions that are not in line with the Word of God, even though our wife may be praying that we will make that good decision and maybe influencing us in whatever way she can to make that good decision, when we make the wrong decision, the women have to live with it. No wonder there is frustration on the part of women. No wonder there are women, especially unsaved women and women who don't know anything about the Word of God, who get so frustrated that they take it out on men in general. It is because we, as men, very often fail to heed the powerful influence for good that God has placed in our lives in the form of our wives and our mothers and our daughters.

An example is in this passage here in Jeremiah. These women were baking cakes and pouring out offerings and getting the offerings ready because their husbands had turned to idolatry and political intrigue. The women were baking these cakes and preparing these offerings for the queen of Heaven, and the result of that was that the men intended to go on offering incense to the queen of Heaven because their wives were preparing the offerings. So it was a convoluted circle of decision-making that all led away from God.

Women, the power that you have is not so much to initiate policies, but to influence the right decisions, to confirm right decisions, to intensify right decisions and solidify the directions and attitudes of the men that God has placed in your life. You can use that influence either for good or for evil. It is a tremendous power.

While we have digressed from the immediate text, let me say something else about what the Word of God has to say about how you women should use this power. The first thing you need to do is to remember that you are responsible to God apart from your relationship to man. If you are a single woman, if you are a daughter or even if you are a wife, God has a personal relationship that He wants to have with you regardless of whatever relationship you may have with your husband and whatever relationship God may have with your husband. You, too, are an individual in God's sight. Yes, you are one with your husband, but you are also God's daughter. You are God's child, and God wants that intimate relationship with you regardless of what the relationship with your husband and his relationship to God may be. Genesis, chapter 1, verse 27, says:

Genesis 1:

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

A specific part of the human race is that femaleness in which God created part of the human race. God considers you equally a part of the human race, and don't ever let anyone tell you that the Bible is repressive, that the Bible subverts women and subjects women. The opposite is true. The Bible glorifies women. The Bible raises them to a significant place that, whether you know it or not, no other worship system in the world brings women to. God is the creator of women, and He has them in that significant place that no manmade system ever places you in. There are things about God that are represented in the femaleness that you have that cannot be represented about God by males.

That is why He created male and female—that together, between the two genders, God can reveal Himself through human beings. Male and female He created them. Things such as the depth and the sensitivity of motherhood, the meek and quiet spirit that Peter writes about in I Peter, chapter 3, can never be communicated even by the most sensitive of males. God has given you that privilege, women. As I say, it is not limited to wives and mothers. It is extended to all women, no matter at what place in life God has you right now in terms of relationship to men. Women are not dependent on man for a relationship to God. If you are married, certainly, submit to your husband. He is to be the spiritual leader of the home. If you are a girl still living under your father's roof, submit to your father. He is the spiritual leader of your family. At the same time, never forget and understand carefully that you have a personal relationship with God as well. It is a significant thing that God has done.

The Motherhood of God

I want to be careful how I say this because it is a very touchy issue, but we talk about the fatherhood of God. I want to tell you that God has designed women to show also the motherhood of God. The liberals and particularly the feminists like to talk about our Father/Mother God. They don't mean it in the way that the Bible means it, in most cases, but there is a sense in which that is a true statement. God is our Father, yes; but God is our mother also. We know that because He created man male and female. So women, you have that important place that it is easy for us to forget about, especially as we study the New Testament and talk about the place of submission that He wants a wife to take. Remember, that is a place of voluntary submission; it is a place of bringing the powers that God has given you into a place of the most usefulness. God has arranged it that way because that is the most useful way that women and men can work together for His honor and glory.

A nineteenth century commentator on the book of Jeremiah that I have been reading, G. Campbell Morgan, who was a great expositor of a number of books of the Bible and a pastor in England nearly a hundred years ago, said this, “Whenever there has been high idealism and noble achievement in the history of nations, it is due to God-consecrated womanhood influencing and refining manhood of those nations that is largely responsible.”

John Ruskin, who was a great British statesman of the nineteenth century said, “When true womanhood throughout the world shall say that war must cease, war will cease.” Women are God's resource for the men in whose lives He has placed them and the lives of the nations in whom He has placed them. By the same token, when the womanhood of a nation is bent and degraded, it brings a blight on that society. Women have a tremendous participation in the fall of nations as well as in the building up of nations. If women are openly defying God, there is no hope.

Misfortune Pronounced Upon the Remnant

In verses 20-30, the misfortune is pronounced upon the remnant. The causes of the misfortune are in verses 20-23, but we will read just verse 23 to get a sample of that:

Jeremiah 44:

23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.

This is the answer that Jeremiah gave to that pronouncement by those rebellious people. They had said in verse 18 that the calamity that they had experienced came because they stopped worshiping the queen of Heaven. God says it is just the opposite. The calamity came because you stopped worshiping the God of Heaven, the true God. Calamity came because He willfully brought that calamity upon you.

Another of the marks of ultimate rebellion of a nation is the inability to understand true prosperity. Here it is in terms of food and physical well being. Do you see that? We saw it back in verse 18 and here it is again in verse 23.

Materialism is defined in terms of possessions. Well-being is defined in terms of possessions. Let me ask you, what is your definition of well-being? What is your definition of prosperity? That is something significant to think about because the Scripture shows again and again that prosperity is not limited to materialism. In fact, prosperity is something that is true in many cases where there is no material abundance. If you look back through the record of the history of the nation of Israel and the history of other nations in the secular world, you will see that many times the greatest accomplishments spiritually in the lives of people have been in times of real need, real deprivations.

The Church of Jesus Christ that is emerging in the former Iron Curtain countries is the most powerful example of that. During the seventy years of almost total domination of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, the Church of Jesus Christ exploded behind the scenes, and missionaries came back into those eastern European countries who had been driven out seventy years ago. Missionary-sending organizations sent new missionaries in there and discovered that in nations where there had been ten thousand Christians before the coming of Communism, there were now hundreds of thousands of Christians.

You see, materialism, economic prosperity, is not God's mark of blessing. In His grace, God has given us great prosperity and we should be thankful for that. We should thank Him for the privilege of having all the material blessing that we have, but listen, that is not the only mark of prosperity. Prosperity is being rightly related to God. Prosperity is knowing that whatever we need, God will provide. Prosperity is knowing that there is no sin between myself and the Savior. That is what well-being is. When a nation thinks that because the economy is good, it doesn't matter at all what the ruler does, that is the mark of ultimate rebellion in a nation, and that is not a political statement.

I got an anonymous letter a couple of weeks ago about being too political in teaching Jeremiah. Since it was an anonymous letter, I had meant not to even mention it, but I am sorry if you don't like this. Whoever you are that sent me the letter, this is the Word of God, that God blesses a nation that walks with Him, and that prosperity is not the only mark of His blessing. A nation that is in rebellion against God is a nation that excuses anything the authorities do as long as the economy is good.

Characteristics of the Misfortune

What does God do about that? We have talked about the causes of the misfortune that God brought upon them; the characteristics of the misfortune are in verses 24-30. Let me just summarize it with one verse. It sounds strange but in verse 26, Jeremiah says:

Jeremiah 44:

26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.

Think about this. Judah had had many punishments from God down through the years, armies invading their territory, plagues, famine, desolation, bereavement, the loss of lives, the eating of their own children in some cases. Many terrible things had happened to Israel. What could God finally do to judge this people who were so rebellious against Him? Here is what He said: “In addition to everything else that I have had to bring upon you, I am going to take My name away from you. The name of Jehovah will no more be spoken among you.”

Someone says, “Well, really, what is so bad about that?” Think about this. Even in the secular world, where would we be without the name of God? The very concept of God, the very existence of God is the thing that keeps everything in order in our lives. After all, if there is no God, who is ultimately in authority? If there is no God, who is somewhere guiding and directing? If there is no God to Whom we somehow, somewhere ultimately are answerable, why even bother to have laws? Why even bother to have standards? Why not just let everyone do exactly what they want to do, which is where we are headed very, very quickly in our nation because we have removed God from our public thinking. God says, “All right, you don't want to do what I say to do, you want to rebel against Me. You want to do what comes out of your own mouth. Have at it. My name will not be spoken among you any more.”

The record of the next two thousand years of the history of Israel is a record of absolute dissemination among the peoples of the world. It was not until the twentieth century that Israel had its own nation once again under their own control. During the Roman Empire, there was some of that. They were in their nation but they were not the nation of Israel. They were a vassal state of the Roman Empire. God said, “You don't want to talk about Me. Okay, you won't have to.”

Are we in that danger as a nation? Our government is headed that way. It has become illegal to read the Bible in the public schools, to have the Ten Commandments displayed on the walls of the courtrooms, to have biblical displays even at a time commemorating a national holiday such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. You tell me. Are we headed that way? Listen, is the church headed that way? That is the more important question. We have seen in Jeremiah, and the Scripture points it out again and again, that we are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth.

Let me tell you that the extent to which our nation has drifted, and I'm telling you this for the second or third time, is very largely our fault as Christians or some previous generation of Christians. If we are not faithful to God, who is going to be? If God has to remove His name from being spoken among His people, where will His name be spoken? I believe that the chaos of the coming Tribulation period will be because of the fact that God has removed His people from the earth. As we move toward that, before He removes us in the Rapture, things could continue to get worse and worse and worse as we allow His name to be removed.

As I mentioned a few minutes ago, one of the commentators that I have read as I have been studying the book of Jeremiah, is G. Campbell Morgan, who died earlier in this century, but the bulk of his ministry was done in the nineteenth century. He was one who talked about and emphasized this matter of the Church having God's name removed. He was warning the believers of his day, warning the believers of the church of which he was pastor of the importance of being faithful to God because God's name could be removed from the nation if it were allowed to become a more and more minor thing in the lives of believers. Of course, the saddest part of that is that the last statistics I saw were that church attendance in England now hovers somewhere around seven percent of the population. The Christians of G. Campbell Morgan's day did not listen to his pleas. They did not listen to the teaching of the Word of God, and just look at what has happened to their nation, spiritually speaking.

God's aim, of course, is to bring people to Himself. The chapter closes with His promise to, through that very tribulation, through that very chaos that will come because of the removal of His name, to burn off the dross and make for Himself, to bring for Himself, a group of people who will turn to Him and who will name Him as their Lord and share the truth of Him with others. What a sad thing for a nation to have to go through!

Conclusion

Ultimately Jesus Christ will sit on the throne of Israel and will rule over Israel. But what a waste of years and of lives in whatever the countless number of years before that actually takes place. Let's not let the name of God be removed from us. Will your life honor Jesus Christ? Will you women allow God to use the influence that He has given you in a godly way rather than in a destructive way? Will we men listen to the women God has placed in our lives and the other input that we have to honor Him, to stand close to Him, to represent Him, and not have His name removed from among us because we remove His name from us? It is a challenge, and we have the record of history to show us the importance of it.


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