Steve Quiet, Worship and Arts
Taking a look at today’s verses, there are four themes that run alongside one another, and they not only appear in today’s verses, they appear throughout scripture. We are looking through the prophetic eyes of Jeremiah along with a contribution from the prophetess Huldah.
The four themes are as follows.
God’s love for us
God’s demand that we have no other god! We worship Him only.
God’s anger when we disobey Him, worship other gods, and worship ourselves.
Our ongoing disobedience, disregard and rebellion towards God.
We have been rebellious for a long time and continue to do so even today. Just a few of the past mistakes that God did not overlook include Adam and Eve and the fruit, Noah and the flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah. Learning from the past is something we apparently don’t do well.
The good news is that God wants us all to be saved. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Also see 1Timothy 2: 3-4)
Let’s take a look at some examples of both God’s anger at our disobedience and demonstrations of his love for us; both are examples of His love. As a parent, I found one of my most difficult responsibilities was the disciplining of my child. However as a parent I thought that the problem left unchecked would only produce a child with little discipline and a disregard for following instructions.
As we start Jeremiah the prophet is asked to announce to the house of Jacob and Judah some strong words from God. Jer 5: 21-22–“’Hear this you foolish and senseless people ,who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear: Should you not fear me?’ declares the Lord.”
God’s anger is also viewed in 2 Chronicles 3:25 “Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and provoked me to anger by all that their hands have made my anger will be poured out on this place and will not be quenched.”
God has a message for the king of Judah in 2Chronicles 34:26 spoken through the prophetess Huldah as was 2 Chronicles 3:25.
“Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people’; God told the king he would die and be buried in peace, not to see the coming disaster to fall on his people.
God is responsive to our repentance as he was with the king, if we only humble ourselves before Him. God so wants us to follow the right path, to follow His commandments.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Stand at the cross roads and look; ask for the ancient paths ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” We all today should be looking for and finding that same rest for our souls, through a right relationship with Jesus, and His Love and Grace!