A linen belt was expensive, beautiful, and not for ordinary wear. This is the sort of thing you wore on your wedding day or some other equally important occasion. Verse 11 tells us what God made us to be. Think about what God’s expectations are of you!
It can be hard reading through books such as Jeremiah, where we get passages that layer over and over hard words (be encouraged, this is God’s word, all of it!).
This passage has some graphic imagery from the Lord. His people had decided to go after other gods, unfaithful just like a spouse who goes outside of the marriage covenant.
And God uses that imagery, of an unfaithful wife (we are the bride, to His husband).
It’s pretty graphic. You cannot read portions like v26-27 and not see that.
God is angry at idolatry, because it is like adultery! More, adultery is in a way a mimicking of what we first did – Reject Him and His covenant with us!
“How long will it be before you are made clean?”
This is the question hey. How can we be made clean?
And from one perspective, it’s a strange answer.
In Hebrews 9 we read, in a word on the old sacrificial system, and Jesus as our high priest, “… How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
We are made clean through the blood of Christ, the blood that Jesus shed on the cross.
The answer for us, and for God’s people in Jeremiah’s time, is JESUS. He is the method and mechanism for being purified and cleansed of the only dirt that matters, sin.
* Father God,
Please help us to get even a single important truth from these passages in Jeremiah.
Please help us as we read them not to be discouraged. Rather, to find encouragement, even amidst the hard words You have for us.
And gracious Lord, please show us Jesus! Our salvation, the author and the perfector of our faith.