Jeremiah likens Israel, and therefore we Christians too, to a woman who leaves her husband and lives with many lovers as a prostitute. God’s question “would you now return to me?” is answered in verses 12-13. This great call to return is given to a city that did not listen. Lord, may our loved ones and country listen!
This is a hard passage hey, full of judgement, a word from the Lord that says, “I have not relented, nor will I turn back.”
God brought His fierce wrath on His people. They were pillaged and plundered. Murdered and taken into captivity. The Lord brought this about.
“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”
When Paul is delving deep into the law and sin in Romans, we read his words in ch 7, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
And then further down, “Wretched man that I am!” Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
(Note: Chapter 7, and all of Romans, is such a wonderful deep look at the reality of who we are and of who God is – well worth a read and contemplation!)
Who is it that delivers us from death, from our sin, the sin that continues to captivate and wrap around us?
It’s Jesus! He is our DELIVERER!
And more, what’s truly amazing in the light of this passage in Jeremiah is that in Jesus we DO know how to do good (our minds serving the law of God, Rom 7 v25), and in Him we CAN do good (trust and obey, for there’s no other way), His Spirit at work in us!
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for your wonderful gift to us in Jesus.
Thank You that from here in Jeremiah, this hard reading where we read of Your judgement on Your people, and their folly; Thank You that this reminds us of what we have in Jesus.
Please make us more like Him each day.