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Jeremiah 5 and 6: Calamity

Friday, May 10, 2019

Written on August 27, 2012 and posted today as a Favorite . . .

In this portion of Jeremiah’s’ prophecy we can see and hear that the prophet’s audience thinks themselves well barricaded against calamity.  And from where we stand several thousand years later . . . we know that they ought to have listened to these words.

Lustful stallions are they, each neighs after another’s wife.

They ought to have taken in the meaning of these verses.

They denied the Lord, saying, “Not he – no evil shall befall us, neither sword nor famine shall we see”.

They ought to have sensed that the emergency was real.

A shocking, horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests teach as they wish; yet my people will have it so; what will you do when the end comes?

Do we listen any better?  Do we sense the meaning of our genuine prophets today?  Can we see ourselves as we read the words of this prophecy?

See, I will place before these people obstacles to bring them down . . . A tester among my people I have appointed . . . to search and test their way.

When calamity arrives, as it always does in our lives, how do we respond when we are searched and tested by God?  Do we turn to God and intercede for our enemies?  Do we wrangle with our Maker and ask for the answers to our most urgent questions?  Do we seek wisdom, live in patience and active waiting?  Do we maintain fidelity?  Do we beat down the gates of heaven with petitions of outrageous hope?  Do we love our attackers into kindness?  Do we praise God for miracles wrought?  Do we call others to his sacred places?

This evening, as we close our eyes and our day, we might ask God for the strength, the stamina, the courage to see ourselves as we are, and to turn to God as we are . . . asking to be made anew.


A re-post from April 25, 2012.

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