Our great problem is that we cannot purge out wickedness from our midst. (v.27-30) It is in our own hearts and minds. We can restrain sin, but not remove it. Unless the Lord does that, there would be only judgment for you and me.
Jeremiah is frustrated!
“To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen;”
What’s the problem then? The big problem in Jeremiah’s eyes?
“… Behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.”
We know God’s word as the entirity of the Bible, as it speaks in a complete sense.
But God’s word is also in parts relevent, in that He speaks to us a particular word in a particular season. Isaiah tells us this in ch 30, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”
Too, it is good to remember these were prophets! Speaking God’s word.
So. What was God’s word here?
The Lord’s word was against the church and nation leaders. It is the same word that Ezekiel tells us.
In ch 13 Ezekiel records the Lord’s words, “Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, …”
Here in Jeremiah, in this passage, we read from the Lord, “They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.”
While they overlapped a little (Ezekiel was younger than Jeremiah, but lived some of their lives at the same time), these two prophets show that the Lord’s thoughts are the same.
Are we hearing “Peace” when there is none? Are we preaching “It’s okay, peace”, when God wants hearts broken before Him?
It’s a hard road Jeremiah and the other prophets walked. They were called to preach God’s word in and out of season.
But then, so are we. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4, “… Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exort, with complete patience and teaching.”
This is for all of us, not just those who have trained long and hard in the art and practice of preaching from a church pulpit.
We preach in our lives, how we bear God’s Name, how His will and word influences our every thought, word and action. This is preaching to the masses! This is showing Jesus to the world!
Let’s be encouraged and convicted from this passage in Jeremiah. To spread God’s word regardless of the cost to us. To give the hard word of our sin along with the wonderful news of Jesus as rescuer (from our sin!).
* Dear God,
Please help us to be faithful to You, even when it costs us.
Please help us to tell people about Jesus, in whatever ways You set before us.
Please help us to love Your word, to never neglect it, but always have it close to us.
Please write Your word upon our hearts Father.