Today you should read: Jeremiah 8
Jeremiah 8 is broken up into three sections.
The first section, verses 1-3, is a continuation of chapter 7. God tells Judah that everyone’s bones are going to be brought out of their tombs (v. 1) and laid before their “gods” (v. 2). During this time, to remove bones from a tomb was disrespectful. Often times, the king who won a war would do this to show disgrace to his enemies. The people of Judah have become God’s enemies because of their wickedness and this is what He is going to do to them. It is an important reminder that sin cannot be in the presence of God.
The next section, verses 4-17, discusses how Judah has rejected God’s Word. Not only have they rejected it, but they do not know it (v. 7). And it is clear that this rejection is going to bring punishment (v. 12, 15).
The last section, verses 18-22, contains Jeremiah’s grievance for the people of Judah. Jeremiah wants the people to listen to God, but they continually rebel, and that makes Jeremiah sick (v. 18).
I think there are a couple of things we can learn from this passage. First, God will not allow wickedness in His presence. The people of Judah were supposed to be ‘God’s Chose Nation’, yet after continual rebellion and the worship of idols, He was ready to punish their sin. And they deserved the punishment that was coming. Secondly, do not be afraid the proclaim the truths of God’s Word. Jeremiah was telling the people something that they did not want to hear, but he continually spoke. Sometimes in life, we are going to have to speak hard truths to someone, and so we must not waver from God’s Word.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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