“Developing Our Hearts for God” series


Jeremiah 22:17 (NLT)

17. “But you! You have eyes only for greed and dishonesty! You murder the innocent, oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly.”

2 Peter 2:17 (NLT)

17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.

Greed leads to worldly ambition which leads to dishonesty, Lisa G. Lerman wrote “ In 1979, one percent of the population in the United states owned twenty-three percent of the wealth Dishonest gain, oppression and greed are as prevalent today as they were in ancient times.

“Here in the District of Columbia, the capital of the wealthiest nation on Earth, poverty remains one of the great obstacles to student success in elementary, secondary and collegiate education. More than one quarter of the children of this very wealthy city live in poverty, and many are hungry and homeless. No amount of standardized testing in the world, no teacher-quality-improvement program, no aggressive program of shutting down neighborhood schools can truly fix the fundamental problems that arise when impoverished children are hungry, homeless, sick and untreated, neglected, afraid, abused, often left to fend for themselves by single parents who are, often, barely out of childhood themselves. I sure wish that some of that money the Gates Foundation ploughs into consultants on school reform could, instead, fund more child care centers in the impoverished wards of the city, more health clinics and literacy programs for parents so that more could actually read to their kids each day…” (McGuire, 2014)[1]

This article demonstrates how our minds can be influenced by our circumstance.  This man is doing something to relieve others stress and pressure but in spite of all of his or their education and expertise, they miss the mark.

God uses Jehoiakim’s life to teach us that without spiritual soundness and biblical validity in our homes, businesses, professional and other personal relationships humanity can go astray in a major way!

 “He soundly condemns Jehoiakim for his wicked reign (22:13-19). He was constructing an extravagant palace with forced labor. He had murdered the innocent and oppressed the poor. He was filled with selfish greed and dishonesty.”

 Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible

God is teaching and warning us to avoid people that are caught up in that frame of mind by allowing us to see what drives them and to what end they will come too.  They are “dried-up springs” … “doomed to blackest darkness.”  Their words are useless to anyone but themselves, there is no life or revitalizing power in their deeds.  They are “mists” which will evaporate in the light of Christ in your life.

2 Peter 2:17 (NLT), 17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.

Wells (πηγαὶ), Better, as Rev., springs; yet the Rev. has retained well at John 4:14, where the change would have given more vividness to Christ’s metaphor, which is that of an ever upleaping, living fountain.    Without water as is so often in the East where the verdure excites the traveler’s hope of water. Compare Jeremiah 2:13, and contrast presented in Isaiah 58:11; Proverbs 10:11; 13:14.

Cloudsthe A. V. has followed the Tex. Rec., νεφλαι, as in Jude 12. The correct reading is μχλαι, mists, found only here in New Testament. So Rev.

With a tempest (ὑπὸ λαίλαπος)Rev., by a storm, The word occurs only twice elsewhere—Mark 4:37; Luke 7:23—in the parallel accounts of the storm on the lake, which Jesus calmed by his word. There on the lake Peter was at home, as well as with the Lord on that occasion; and the peculiar word describing a whirlwind—one of those sudden storms so frequent on that lake (see note on the word, Mark 4:37)—would be the first to occur to him. Compare Paul’s similar figure, Ephesians 4:14.  Blackness (ζφος)See on v. 4, and compare Jude 13.  Of darkness (το σκτους)Lit., the darkness, denoting a well-understood doom.  Is reserved (τετρηται)Lit., hath been reserved, as Rev. See on 1 Peter 1:4; and 2 Peter 2:4.  ForeverThe best texts omit.                                                                                          Word Studies in the New Testament.

 To Develop Our Hearts for God we must think long term.  We must live in a way that greed, ambition and dishonesty has a minimal effect on us whether it is internal or from an outside source; we must live humbly and unselfishly, and carefully prepare our heart’s to protect against temptation and beware of shady characters.