My confusion is on the last part of the verse where the Lord says,.."Which I commanded them not, NEITHER CAME INTO MY HEART.” I can’t see how it could not have come into His heart, or mind, if it did come to pass,which it did. I do believe in the absolute predestination of all things, the what, how, who, when and where. Therefore, how could it come to pass if it did not even come into His heart for it to do so? Is it somehow just a figure of speech, and am I missing the real meaning?
July 24, 2012
Many brethren have asked the same question that you are asking about the same verse. Three times this phrase is recorded and all three times it refers to Israel, the fires of Molech (Tophet), their children and the high places that they built to carry out these abominations. The point that is being made is indeed a figure of speech since nothing that does exist, has existed, will exist or could exist is outside of the mind and will of God. These people, like every child of Adam but especially those who have been given over to the reprobate mind, began devising ways and means to circumvent God’s law given in the mount as soon as they heard it. God made it very clear that there was to be no counterfeit representation of anything contained in the pattern given to Moses; “And the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof, it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord. Whosoever shall make like unto that, even to smell thereof, shall be cut off from his people” (Ex. 35:37f). But within a very short time, Aaron was building a molten calf (Ex. 32:4), his sons were offering strange fire before the Lord (Lev. 10:1) and the people loved to have it so. The imagination and superstitions of Adam enabled the people of Israel to devise gross deviations from the pattern and the alliances they made with the people of the land introduced them to every deity of the world. Their eyes were blinded by the god of this world, they began to prosper in the economy and business of the mammon of the generation and they became mighty in military and politics. This was the exact path that God had assigned unto them and they walked it to the capacity of the limitations that He set.
So when God told them that the abomination of the fires of Molech in the valley of the place of fire was not what He had commanded, He emphasizes that it was not even on the same line as what He was thinking or dreaming about (mind and heart). He did not leave them an avenue to escape on a technicality. The Pharisees worked long and hard to manipulate the law and make it conceivable that someone could keep it and well might Jesus had said to them that this was not what He had intended when He gave the Law. But instead He said, “Ye have heard it said...but I say unto you....” He made it clear that not only was their interpretation incorrect but that the attempt to keep the law was an abomination before God. They adopted the traditions of men (the same as the alliances with the people of the land). These were taught and mandated to be observed as the law of God and this is the work of the Devil. God’s declaration, “which I commanded them not, nor spoke, neither came into my heart (Jer. 19:5) eliminates the argument of interpretation or misunderstanding and leaves man without an excuse before the throne. He also said that the purpose that He makes this point is so that they cannot come back and say that this was His doing. HE did not give the Law that it should be altered or corrupted. HE gave it as the schoolmaster to bring His elect unto Messiah and to condemn the wicked but He did not give the Law “that they should do this abomination to cause Judah to sin” (Jer. 32:35). He did not say that He had nothing to do with the abomination for indeed He ordained it from old. He said He did not give these actions, rituals and ceremonies of building high places and causing your children to pass through the fires as part of the types and foreshadows of the Law.
Man has been trying, since Adam, to blame God for their actions. HE is the first cause of every cause and His will is the purpose for every event, thought, word or deed, that ever comes to pass. But all of His works are truth and justice and the fact that He afore ordained these actions to happen and empowered them to come to pass he is not at blame before anyone. He created the wicked for good. He ordained evil for good and when He had finished the work of creation He saw that all was exceedingly good, including, Satan, the piercing serpent, the evil beast, the wicked whom He reserved unto destruction, this present evil generation, the beast and all the children of disobedience. Everything created is by Him, through Him and for Him and is good according to His perfect will.
Your servant in Christ,
July 24, 2012