Insights on Today's Reading
Jeremiah 4 - God kept before the people of Judah His commands and warnings for them to heed or they would face judgment. One of those warnings is in verses 3,4 where God encourages His people to do some ploughing of their hearts and obviously "weed out" those dangerous things in their nation. He also told them that the real circumcision that mattered was not of the flesh but of the heart. Note verses 14-18 where God speaks of the judgment that is coming and then He says in verse 18, "Your ways and your doings have procured these things for you." In other words God was saying that their evil actions brought judgment on themselves.
Jeremiah 5 - God gives ample reasons for judgment, but note verses 24,25 where God speaks of good things like rain and harvests, but then He says in verse 25, "Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you." They didn't enjoy God's blessings because of their iniquities. Do you see the contrast then, of Jeremiah 4:18 and Jeremiah 5:25?
Jeremiah 6 - Three things stand out in this chapter. First, verse 10 where God said that His word was a "reproach" to His people and they took no delight in it. Second, there were false prophets who were declaring, "Peace, peace" when there really was no peace, verses 13,14. And third, in verse 16 where God speaks of Judah following the "old ways" of obedience and the "good way" that would bring "rest for your souls."
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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