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July 3-4, 2019
You stand in His courts and say:
"The Lord will save us,"
In His very house and sing:
"Yes! Surely the Lord will save us!
Yes! We will not be harmed."
Do you not remember them?
The sawn, the torn, the beaten
Have you forgotten other saints
who suffered, who bled, who died
had as well their faith in God
You stand on unknown truth
on lies from your own desire
You do not learn, but are held
captive by your treasured thought
that careless step around His word
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the Lord!’” Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’ For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—that you may do all these abominations?"
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