The Linen Belt
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 13-15; John 15
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 13:1-11
In today’s key passage, we find a very interesting illustration. God tells Jeremiah to buy a new linen belt and wear it around his waist. (Vs. 1) At that time, a linen belt was an intimate piece of clothing, comparable to the underwear of today. After Jeremiah wore the belt, God directed him to take it off and hide it in some rocks near a river. (Vs. 4) After many days, God told Jeremiah to return to Perath and retrieve the belt. (Vs. 6) After sitting in the elements, the belt that was once perfect and clean was ruined and completely useless. (Vs. 7)
The belt was symbolic of the people of Judah. They were once a people who were close to God, just as the belt was once close to Jeremiah. Over time, though, the people of Judah allowed pride to come into their hearts, and this pride was as damaging to the people of Judah as the elements were to the belt. Eventually, that pride ruined them and rendered them completely useless to God.
This perfect picture of backsliding is as relevant today as it was for the Israelites. When we are first saved, we all begin a close personal relationship with God. If we are not careful, though, we can allow the “elements” to damage that relationship. We can start to feel pride about our salvation or about our good works, and pretty soon, we end up ruined and completely useless. Do not allow anything to come between you and God, because with Him, we are clean and new, but without Him, we are just a dirty belt.
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