Today the Lord lays out Judah’s wickedness:
– they have rejected God’s Word
– everyone is given to covetousness, from prophet to priest
– everyone deals falsely
– no one is ashamed of their abominations
“Therefore they shall fall among those who fall.”
Jeremiah mourns with the Lord over the state of the people. “And the Lord said, ‘Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them,’ therefore thus says the Lord…’I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.’”
The Lord tells them when this distress comes upon them they are not to trust in themselves. “‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.” Judah has broken their covenant with the Lord and nothing will save them, not even Jeremiah’s prayers, except for a repentant heart.
The reading ends with Jeremiah’s enemies plotting to kill him for speaking the words of the Lord but God assures Jeremiah that He has Jeremiah’s back and He will destroy those enemies.
More from Jeremiah tomorrow. Keep reading.