April 12, 2019

18Why is my pain unending

    and my wound grievous and incurable?

You are to me like a deceptive brook,

    like a spring that fails.

19Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you

    that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,

    you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you,

    but you must not turn to them.

20I will make you a wall to this people,

    a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you

    but will not overcome you, for I am with you

    to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord.

21I will save you from the hands of the wicked

    and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”   (Jeremiah 15:18-21, NIV)

 

JEREMIAH 12-16

DAY 104: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: Jeremiah 15:18-21

Jeremiah, the prophet, was given an extremely hard assignment from the Lord. Without the Lord’s help it would have been and impossible assignment. Jeremiah delivered the prophecy of the Lord’s coming judgement on the people with whom he lived and was related. He not only was to share the Word of the Lord with the people who had forsaken the Lord for false gods, Jeremiah was to live a life which reflected obedience to the Lord. The task is so daunting that Jeremiah stumbles but does not fall.

Chapter’s 12-16 of Jeremiah reveal God’s ultimate frustration with the Israelites. Although God had delivered them many times from judgment for forsaking His word and worshipping false God’s, like their ancestors this generation returned to idol worship and sin filled living. They offered sacrifices and prayers to God which were not acceptable to Him because they chose to lead a life that opposed God. They chose lives dedicated to sin and to worship false gods. Jeremiah was chosen to pronounce the fruits of their labor to them. (Jeremiah 12-16)

In chapter 47, the Lord destroys Babylon. God declares Himself as the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, as He pronounces judgment on Babylon. God tells the people of Babylon that spells, incantations, and sorcery cannot save them from His wrath. God’s warning is also an opportunity to turn from sorcery and incantations by turning to Him, God, to deliver them from their idol worship. (Isaiah 47:1-15)

Todays focus verses find Jeremiah questioning God and His response.

18Why is my pain unending

    and my wound grievous and incurable?

You are to me like a deceptive brook,

    like a spring that fails.

19Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you

    that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,

    you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you,

    but you must not turn to them.

20I will make you a wall to this people,

    a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you

    but will not overcome you, for I am with you

    to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord.

21I will save you from the hands of the wicked

    and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”   (Jeremiah 15:18-21, NIV)

Jeremiah suffered because he lived a life that was pleasing to God. He must have grown weary as he was constantly rebuffed by the people whom he was to minister to. No one listened to him - they listened to false prophets because the false prophets didn’t challenge them to examine their lives in light of God’s commands to his people Israel. When they rejected Jeremiah’s message - they rejected God. Who do you worship? What do you worship? Godspeace!

 

  

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