August 29, 2014 – Jeremiah 5

God Takes Oppression Personally

Jeremiah is still delivering God’s message of impending destruction upon Israel and Judah.

v2“Although they say ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ still they are swearing falsely.”

**  God values honesty.  Knowing the “church” answers doesn’t matter if you don’t live them.  Also, here is that ‘As surely as the LORD lives’ line I still need to research.

v4“…These are only the poor, they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD…”

**  God equates not knowing HIS ways with poverty. He deals in an entirely different currency than we do.  I know, the poor were typically uneducated, but I still like the comparison.  And God talk at least as much about the rich not following His ways.

v5“So I will go to the leaders and speak with them; surely they know the way of the LORD…”

**  We are supposed to elect godly leadership.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we do much better today than Israel did back then.

v8“They are well fed, lust stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife.”

**  Not necessarily a focus of the passage, but I thought it was a good illustration for pornography addiction.  Since I’ve had a lot of struggles in that area, I made a note of it.

v28-29“…Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor…  Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?”

**  This was the ‘big idea’ for me today.  God doesn’t even discuss injustices done to the fatherless or poor (those who cannot defend themselves), he talks about the unwillingness of the people to stand up in their defense.  Then He says ‘Should I not avenge myself‘.  He takes our unwillingness to take care of others personally.

 

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