Insights on Today's Reading
Jeremiah 14 - Jeremiah mourns over Judah and the drought that they are experiencing. God had predicted drought and famine would be one of the results of a nation turning against the Lord. It's interesting to read of Jeremiah's recognition that God was still in the land, verse 9. God is here but people just don't pay attention to His presence.
Jeremiah 15 - God speaks of Moses and Samuel, two of the great godly men of the Bible, that if they were present in Judah, they could not sway God to look favorably on the land. The sword, famine, and captivity are what Judah is to expect, verse 2. Jeremiah asks for God's rebuke on his persecutors, verse 15, and then he speaks of the impact God's Word has on his own heart, verse 16. May that be the way the Bible touches all our lives!
Jeremiah 16 - God tells Jeremiah not to get married. This will keep him from experiencing some of the harsh affects that judgment will bring on the land, especially families being torn apart, verse 4. God says that the people have been more wicked than their ancestors, verse 12. God sees all that is happening. No deed goes unnoticed by Him, verse 17.
Jeremiah 17 - This chapter presents one of the clearest contrasts between those who turn away from God and those who walk close to Him. Note the idea of a dried up bush on the wilderness, verses 5,6, as a picture of those who put their trust in men and not God. Then note the joyful and refreshing picture of a tree planted by the water in verses 7,8. This is the same picture you read in Psalm 1:3. The person who walks with the Lord will always be nourished by the "living water" that He provides. Then, Jeremiah records the actual state of man's heart, verse 9. God also speaks of the way the people have been dishonoring Him on the Sabbath, verses 19-27.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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