by Jeff Strite

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You Can't Tell Some People Anything (10 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 44:1-30

OPEN: A young boy, about eight years old, was at the corner ''Mom and Pop'' grocery store picking out a pretty good size box of laundry detergent. The grocer walked over and, trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do.
''Oh, no laundry,'' the boy said. ''I'm going to wash my dog.''
''But you shouldn't use this to wash your dog. It's very powerful and if you wash your dog in this, he'll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him.''
But the boy was not to be stopped (he was one of those kids that you couldn't tell anything) and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his dog.
About a week later the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing.
With a tear in his eye the boy said: ''Oh, he died.''
The grocer, trying not to be an I-told-you-so, said he was sorry the dog died but added,
''I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog.''
''Well,'' the boy replied, ''I don't think it was the detergent that killed him.''
''Oh? What was it then?''
''I think it was the spin cycle.''

APPLY: There's just some people you can't tell anything. Their minds are like steel traps - tightly shut and difficult to open. They have their mind made up and they're not going to change for you, or me… or even God.

I. That's pretty much the situation we discover here in Jeremiah 44.
Jeremiah warns the people that God is upset with their behavior… and they respond: ''We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD!'' (Jeremiah 44:16)

They've made up their minds.
They LIKE what they're doing.
And they have no intention of stopping for Jeremiah or God… or anyone

Now, it helps to know a little background:
The Babylonians had just destroyed the nation of J ...

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