Paul quotes from this chapter (judgment is through a people whose language Israel did not understand). Paul uses it, and Isaiah 28:11,12 in 1 Corinthians 14 to say that tongues (languages) are a sign to unbelievers, because tongues are a sign of judgment, e.g., Babel and Iraq’s invasion under Nebuchadnezzar.
“But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.”
This passage (don’t be put off by how long it is, persevere! It’s well worth it) starts off with a very important truth – One that we often see mixed up and muddled with amongst God’s people.
The poor are no nearer to God than the rich – Neither the rich or poor, the have-nots and the have-muches – Neither spectrum or anyone in between has any more or less merit in God’s eyes than the other!
Jeremiah preached to the poor, and they refused to repent (v3).
Then he went and preached to the “great”, but the heart of the people he spoke to was the same!
Remember what Paul says in Romans. Particularly in ch 3, “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Jeremiah seems to have suffered a little while under the delusion that stature or standing might give some more wisdom (he quickly sees the truth, and how good is it that the truth of people’s hearts is shown through preaching the Word!).
It’s a good reminder for us; As God shows no partiality (Romans 2 v11), we are to show no partiality (Romans 2, James 2). This is in terms of what people look like to both ends of the spectrum. No partiality in how we engage people, no partiality in preaching the good news!
Often we place a great weight on approaching those less fortunate than us. This is very important (Luke 14). But we need to be encouraged to approach those with more (worldly) fortune, as well as those who are living in similar means as we are.
And finally, we see that it is preaching God’s word that is the vechicle of much effect here in Jeremiah.
Let’s be encouraged to preach the good news of Jesus, whereever we are at in life, in whatever company – To bear His Name well, to point to Him in our thoughts, words and deeds. To show people Jesus!
* Father God,
Thank You that You show no partiality, no bending with the wind of opinion. You are sure and true, steadfast and faithful.
Please help us this day and onwards to reflect Your character, the fruits of Your Spirit.