April 1, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Jeremiah 7-11
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Commentary: Chapters 7-10 take place after the Law was found in the temple by King Josiah. Chapter 7 addresses the people who had returned to the Temple of the Lord because it was popular to do at the time, but had failed to return to the Lord in their hearts. They also held the false belief that the Temple would protect them. The Temple was being worshipped as a false god, similar to the way the Ark of the Covenant was worshipped in 1 Samuel. The people also continued in their wicked ways, while claiming to worship the Lord. Failing to repent was and is rejection of the Lord. Chapter 9 exposes Jeremiah's and the Lord's heartbreak at the people refusing to return to Him. Chapter 10 rejects the idols worshipped. Since the people of Judah now knew the Law, they were expected to follow it, and would be severely punished for not doing so. In 11:18, Jeremiah is rejected by his hometown. The Lord told Jeremiah that they are not worth prophesying to anymore, as they had rejected the word of God and plotted to kill Jeremiah.
Focus Verses: 7:9-10 An idol is anything we seek out, take comfort in, turn to instead of the Lord. Clinging to these idols holds us back from receiving God’s full blessing. What idols are in you life? How can you let go of them?