A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
This section contains a collection of prophesies delivered by Jeremiah regarding the Temple in Jerusalem. 7:1-8:3 asserts that the Temple in Jerusalem is no more invulnerable to destruction than was the earlier sanctuary at Shiloh, during the time of Samuel (see 1 Samuel 4). The tone of this judgment is captured in 7:9: Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and prjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, >We are safe' B safe to do all these detestable things? Notice the style of Jeremiah's writing: three sets of two (for example, stead and murder) followed by the conclusion.
In the end, those who have rejected God will be punished severly B a fact which draws the deepest mourning from Jeremiah: Since my people are crushed, I am crushed.... Is there no balm in Gilead? (8:21,22). There is no joy for Jeremiah in the message he must bring., it disturbs him greatly and becomes more and more depressing for him as his writing unfolds.
In such times, only God can be trusted (9:4-6), because the external appearances are deceptive. The people look like God's people (circumcision has been faithfully observed), but they do not act like God's people, and because only their flesh, but not their hearts has been circumcised, God's judgment is waiting.
In chapter 10, Jeremiah presents a picture of the futility of idol worship, pointing out as Isaiah has already done, that these idols can do you no harm, nor can they do any good. Therefore we need never fear them, nor should they be worshipped. God alone is the almighty creator (verses 12-13).
Who do you trust? Do you put your trust in God's Word and the leading of His Spirit, or do you listen instead to the statements and ideas of those around you. What Jeremiah asserts is true: there is no other God besides the God; He is uniquely powerful and gracious. Our friends and their opinions may let us down; down never does.
Today, ask yourself if you are more interested in what you can do for yourself than in what God can do for you. Make a commitment to pray before every major decision today, and see all that God can do!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010