Today you should read: Jeremiah 4:1-18
Jeremiah 4:1-4 is a continuation of chapter 3. God is calling Israel to repentance in this section. Repentance includes removing the ‘detestable things’ (v. 1), circumcising the heart (v. 4), and returning to the Lord (v. 1). And notice that if Israel would repent then blessings would fall upon them (v. 2). Do you know that God has promised blessings to those who repent now? He promises things like eternal life, the fruits of the Spirit, forgiveness, all of which are blessings. God wanted Israel to return to a right relationship with Him, and He wants that same personal relationship with each of us today.
The rest of our section, verses 5-18, are about the destruction that Israel is about to face. They have continued in their disobedience and have not returned to God. God is telling Jeremiah to go and proclaim that a northern nation is coming to lay their land desolate. Upon reading this, what God says is going to happen will happen. The northern nation that is coming is Babylon. From history, we know that Babylon comes and destroys and exiles people from Israel, which is exactly what God is telling Jeremiah in this section. Israel continued in their wickedness and brought condemnation upon themselves. God wanted that relationship, but Israel was too busy worshiping idols.
For us, what idols distract you from your relationship with God? What sins do you need to repent of in your life?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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