Psalm 107, Study 3, Why should I forgive you ?,
"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.
O Lord if I were the only person to live you would have still created the earth and all that is in it and delivered me from my own "free will" of rebellion
Through senting your one and only Son Jesus
Through one man you forgive a city
Though one person might seek you , yet You forgive a multitude
Who is this one man Lord ?
ALL IS WELL
Jeremiah 5:12They have lied about the Lord; they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.
1 Thessalonians 5:1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to
you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the
night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them
suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Ans so the exile began of the Chosen ones to babylon, but a remnant remained
Jeremiah 5:15 O house of Israel,” declares the Lord, “I am bringing a distant nation
an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech
you do not understand.
BREAK DOWN THE WALLS
"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely. Strip
off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.
Ooo to have the pruning of the Lord God upon a nation and people
To be carried off and to be just a remnant and to be held captive by another
To be saved from the sword and to have the City walls broken down until nothing is left
there can be nothing done without the Lord's will; and there is no evil in a city but
what is done, or ordered, or suffered to be done by him, Amos 3:6,
but make not a full end; meaning not of the walls, for a full end was made of them,
they were broken down all around; but of the people; there were a remnant to be
preserved from the sword, and to be carried captive, and to be returned into their own
land again, after a term of years:
I can at times believe that I am the only one who may say in my heart
"Why should I forgive?"
And then I read "Forgive me my sins as I forgive those who sin against me"
And as I hold onto the unforgiveness the only one I am hurting is myself
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
In the same way if I do not repent and turn back to the Father and husband then ...
Will the Father turn to me ?
Surely this does not apply to "the time before I was saved"
How can it because I never knew what sin was then, only a conscience of right and wrong
Yet He took me then out of Egypt (the world) when I neverc even knew Him or His voice
How could I turn back to Him when I never knew Him before ?
Yet now knowing that I must turn back to Him and not doing it !
Yet now knowing that I must forgive and not doing it !
Jeremiah 5:7“Why should I forgive you? our children have forsaken me and sworn by gods
that are not gods.
I supplied all their needs,yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of
Yet God remains faithful and forgives, yet God in His tender mercy forgives His chosen
ones as we shall see as we continue in this lesson
Two Baskets of Figs
And so Jeremiah had a vision and after the vision we see the relational conversation between
Jeremiah and God as God tells Jeremiah what to say to the people and what He must write down
Jeremiah 24:1 After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the skilled workers and
the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the
LORD. 2 One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very
bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten.
3 Then the LORD asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
“Figs,” I answered. “The good ones are very good, but the bad ones are so bad they cannot
4 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 5 “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place
to the land of the Babylonians. 6 My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring
them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and
not uproot them. 7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my
people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
And this is was the king of Judah and the officials, the skilled workers - artisans
(skilled manual workers) as were the carpenters and smiths, taken into exile
These were the "good figs" chosen by the King of babylon to be of service to babylon and to
Himself and his nation
Also so that the skilled workers and craftsmen and noble men would not be able to rebuild or
use their crafts in the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem, but might be used for babylons glory
In this the skilled and educated were seen as the strength and backbone of the community and
having been taken away the nation of Israel would have lost its strength
2 Kings 24:14
He carried into exile all Jerusalem: all the officers and fighting men, and all the craftsmen
and artisans--a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left.
which may be applied to mankind in general; who may be distinguished into good and bad:
those that are good, who are made so by the grace of God; for none are so by nature, or of
themselves; they are very good: they have many good things in them; they have a good heart,
a new and a clean heart, and a right spirit created in them;
On the other hand, those that are bad are exceeding bad; as they are by nature children of
wrath, unclean, corrupt, loathsome, and abominable in the sight of God;
And so we finish by going back to
"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her
squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive
Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten
can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."
Psalm 14:3All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does
good, not even one.
And so God saved a remnant of His people Isaiah 37:32 - 2 Kings 19:31
All the works of the hands, The Temple, the city, the walls, built by human hands were
All that remained was the remnant , this group and community of sojourners
And God would watch over them for their good, and He would bring them back to the land
after the allotted time had passed
He would build them up rather than tearing them down and plant them and
not uproot them. He would give them a heart to know Him, that He is the LORD.
And They will be His people, and He will be their God, for they will return to Him with all their