“ ‘May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us’ ” (Jer. 42:5, NIV).
“Had this counsel been heeded through the centuries that followed, how different would have been Israel’s history! Only as a reverence for God’s Holy Word was cherished in the hearts of the people, could they hope to fulfill the divine purpose. It was regard for the law of God that gave Israel strength during the reign of David and the earlier years of Solomon’s rule; it was through faith in the living word that reformation was wrought in the days of Elijah and of Josiah. And it was to these same Scriptures of truth, Israel’s richest heritage, that Jeremiah appealed in his efforts toward reform. Wherever he ministered he met the people with the earnest plea, ‘Hear ye the words of this covenant,’ words which would bring them a full understanding of God’s purpose to extend to all nations a knowledge of saving truth. Jeremiah 11:2.”
“Amid the ruin wrought, Jeremiah could still declare, ‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed;’ and his constant prayer was, ‘Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.’ Lamentations 3:22, 40.”
1. Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, pp. 465, 466.
2. Ibid., p. 461.