Today you should read: Jeremiah 2:14-37
The book of Jeremiah is all about Israel’s sin of disobedience – and God’s call to repentance. Jeremiah is a powerful prophet – who calls God’s people back to Him.
As we learned yesterday, the Lord presents His case against His people.
I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness. In those days Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of his children. (2:2-3)
Therefore, I will bring my case against you,” says the Lord… (2:9)
Sounds a lot like the church of Ephesus…
But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. Revelation 2:2-5
They did two deadly things…
For my people have done two evil things:
1) They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water.
2) And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! [tried to find fulfillment elsewhere] (v.13)
Today’s reading tells us the results of Israel’s sin. Sin always has consequences.
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7
- Israel became slaves (v.14)
- The wealth was plundered (v.14)
- The land and towns were destroyed (v.15)
- Their enemies marched in against them (.16)
Their sin brought all of this on them…
And you have brought this upon yourselves by rebelling against the Lord your God, even though he was leading you on the way! Your wickedness will bring its own punishment. Your turning from me will shame you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to abandon the Lord your God and not to fear him. (v. 17, 19)
God said they have forgotten Him (v.21b), and acted like an unfaithful wife. James talks about this in chapter 4…
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
How have you abandoned and forgotten God? How have you committed spiritual adultery – not honoring your commitment to Him alone? Repent – the words of Jeremiah still ring true today.
Posted by: Tim Parsons