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Jeremiah Was A Dragon Man: Who Will Be With God Forever?

“And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’
Jeremiah 16:10-13

This is an example of the way YHWH works repeatedly in Scripture. If we forsake Him, He will forsake us. If Adam and Eve don’t want to follow His law in the garden, then He will relocate them to an area where that law doesn’t exist. If Israel doesn’t want to follow His law, then they can go live under a different authority who has a different law already instituted. If Israel wants to worship others gods, then of course YHWH will let them go and live in a land where they will serve other gods. If Israel doesn’t want to live in the land where YHWH is King, Judge, and God, then they don’t have to. If they don’t want His favor, He will not force it upon them.

Verses like this help me frame YHWH’s response to Israel. Although thinking about the context of the passage, I suppose passages like this were meant to frame the exile from Israel for the descendants of Israel, of whom I am a part. Basically, YHWH is giving the people of Israel what they are showing God they want. I believe God continues to respond to us in this way. God, in His mercy, gives to humanity what they show Him they want.

I might be taking the text too far here, but I think this is also the way YHWH works when it comes to who is included in God’s future kingdom. I believe this is a part of the answer to the question: “Who will be a part of the new heavens and new earth and who will be left out?” Those who will be with YHWH forever are those who want to live in a world where Jesus is king. Those who want to follow after idols and those follow God through ritual only but don’t actually want Him to be their Lord and King are under no compulsion to live in a world without idols where Jesus reigns. God wants all to be with Him forever, but He won’t force anyone to do so.

Obviously, our being allowed to live forever with YHWH does not come because we somehow deserve it through living a good life and merely desiring God to reign. It is only through the power of Jesus, his death and resurrection, that we have been freed from the sin which is incongruent with God’s kingdom. Only the transforming power of the cross makes us fit to live with Jesus forever. However, it is not enough to just accept Jesus’ forgiveness from sin without accepting His empowering Lordship that frees us from sin. Those who will be a part of God’s kingdom in the future are those who live in a manner that demonstrates they want God to be King, now and forever.*

* This post includes a brief descriptor of what the lives of the people of God who want God to reign look like.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I agree with what you have said here, but what about the scripture in the new testament where Jesus says _C ,cnn b.k.p n.ak. frg ap urpoat. frgZ o.pcrgonf H.p.mbaadn

    • January 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Jesus’ words touch my heart. I’m weeping for joy…
      try again??

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