v21-23 – “Therefore this is what the LORD says about the men of Anathoth who are seeking your life and saying, ‘do not prophesy in the name of ht LORD or you will die by our hands’ — therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the men of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.'” (more…)
We Are Leaders – It’s What We Do
** Oh, good. We’re back to prophesying about Israel’s destruction. I’ve missed that…
v19-20 – …Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it.” My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My sons are gone from me and are no more…
** My sickness – my transgressions against God – impact my entire family. And although the verse doesn’t specifically mention it, my actions impact my friends, my coworkers, my church, my community… We are leaders – it’s what we do. We may not think of ourselves as a leader, but any path we walk down someone will follow. Some may stand up and go their own way, but people will follow us regardless of where we are heading. Our poor actions have the power to lead people to or away from God.
v23 – …it is not for man to direct his steps.
** If people are going to follow us, we had better make sure we are leading them in the right direction. I’m not smart enough to figure out what that direction is, and even though I like you because you’re reading my rambling thoughts, you’re not smart enough either. We must submit to God’s direction in our lives or we WILL lead people astray.
v24 – Correct me, LORD, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
** We must also accept God’s discipline (but please, God, don’t punish me when you’re angry!). This really is important, and it does fit the theme, but mainly I had to add it because I thought it was a little funny. Maybe I’m just twisted like that.
Success vs Blessing
God continues to issue warnings to the Israelites about their impending destruction as a result of their disobedience to God. Interestingly, there is no overt offer of mercy for repentance this time. I suspect He would still extend forgiveness, this is just the first time I haven’t seen Him specifically say it. (more…)
Why God Hates Sin
This time, God is speaking (through Jeremiah) to Judah, and of course is warning them of impending danger if they do not return to Him. I can’t really explain why, but I very much felt like the tone of this chapter is like the conversations I have with my kids – “You’d better straighten up or I’m going to have to punish you. This is all because of your poor choices…” (more…)