A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Here Jeremiah begins a discussion of the Covenant which will find its conclusion in 31:31-37.
The covenant was an agreement given by God to Israel B an agreement which could only exist because God was willing (it is obviously not between equals) and can only be preserved from the destructive self-interest and disregard of His people through the magnitude and determination of Gods grace.
While God is determined to preserve His people, He is just as determined that they be punished for their sin.
A summary of Gods intention is given in 11:11: I will bring them a disaster they cannot escape.
In 11:18-23 is found the first of Jeremiahs so-called confessions
, intense expressions of his personal feelings. Here a plot has been uncovered among the men of Anathoth, the prophets home town. These people have insisted that Jeremiah not prophesy or they will kill him. His horror and apparent bitterness are evident. Gods decision is that because these men have opposed Jeremiah (and therefore the LORD Himself), they will be destroyed in the coming judgment, and Not even a remnant will be left to them.
Jeremiah 12:1-6 is the second of the prophets confessions.
This time it takes the form of a complaint: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do the faithless live at ease?
This same concern forms the core of Habakkuks prophesies, among other writings in the Old and New Testaments (consider the book of Job).
Gods answer in 12:5-17, first challenges Jeremiahs weakness, then asserts Gods strength: If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? . . . They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing . . . . I will uproot them...
In chapter 13, Jeremiah uses a linen belt like that worn by the priests to dramatize the coming judgment.
Wineskins are also used to symbolically convey this message. Captivity is coming, Jeremiah announces as the chapter ends.
Chapters 14-15 continue the theme of Gods anger.
As you go through the day, ask yourself where your security is found.
Is it in finances; your personal position; your ability to solve your own problems? Other peoples respect? The only totally reliable Source of security is God. What are you doing to stay close to Him during the day? Reading through the Bible is a great way to start, but how about the rest of the day?
Devise a ethod to remind yourself at least once each hour that God is your Source of security.
Then put it into practice and see if your day does not go better. Even if everything does not work as you wish, you will feel better knowing the truth: God is with us to rescue us and save us.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010