John Rizzo, Celebrate Recovery, Care Ministries, and Freedom in Christ
What a sad ending for the people of Judah and Jerusalem. The books of Jeremiah, Kings, and Chronicles all wrap up with Jeremiah’s prophecies of God’s judgment coming to pass: the fall of Jerusalem; the destruction of the temple; most men, women, and children slaughtered, and the rest taken in captivity to Babylon with the exception of a tiny remnant of the poorest left to live in the land. Jeremiah was one of the few who got to stay. His sorrow over these events is vivid in Lamentations, which is also known as the Book of Tears. And it’s no wonder Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. His heart was broken for his people and for God whom the people repeatedly rejected.
If only the people had listened to Jeremiah’s warnings (and for that matter all the prophets before him). All of this terrible suffering could have been avoided.
This event finally cured the Jews of worshipping false Gods. Never again would they raise up Asherah poles or worship Baal. This lesson stuck, but they had to learn it the hard way.
Things aren’t much different today. Human nature hasn’t changed. (So much for the evolutionists that say that mankind is evolving into higher consciousness and we’re becoming better and better.) It’s too bad that many of us don’t pay attention to God until only after our lives have become a Jerusalem-like smoldering ruin due to our bad choices. Sometimes God has to work this way to get our attention. If only we could learn earlier that our plan doesn’t work, only His does.