God Hates Apathy Toward Sin
Jeremiah is still delivering warnings against Israel from God (He had to do a lot of that). v6 – …“This city must be punished; it is filled with oppression.”
** In addition to their idolatry, God was offended by Israel’s oppression of the fatherless and poor – see chapter 5.
v14 – “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.”
** Like a “band aid on a bullet hole”. Treating sin lightly is disastrous. We must cut deeply to remove sin from our lives as though it were cancer or gangrene – we are all familiar with Matthew 5:29-30.
v15 – “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all… So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them.”
** My ‘big idea’ for the day. God loves to be merciful. He doesn’t sit up on a cloud waiting to throw lightning bolts at us if we set a toe wrong. This verse shows that if the people of Israel had been ashamed of their sins, God would have shown mercy. He is more angered by Israel’s apathy toward their sin than He is by the sins themselves. As I have struggled with my own ‘stronghold’ type of sin (pornography) it becomes difficult to carry the weight of failure back to God every time. While I am in no way attempting to minimize my sin, I continually fight against it and do not dismiss it as unimportant, so I believe God views the times I am unsuccessful with pity as lost battles. I am grateful that He sees the longer view of the war.
v8 – “Take warning, O Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you…”
** God is still providing for an escape from His wrath. He is always merciful.