(23 verses, 3:55 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Lord speaks against His people whom have broken His covenant.
- vv. 1-8: God tells Jeremiah what to preach
- vv. 9-17: God speaks about the judgment that is in store for His people
- vv. 18-20: Jeremiah hears of a plot for his life
- vv. 21-23: God will protect His prophet
- In this chapter, we hear that continued apostasy is not something that the Lord will put up with. Certainly the Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love; and yet he sets forth specific judgments against sin. He is eager to forgive and yet when the forgiveness is continually rejected there can only come judgment.
- The people had gone the way of their forefathers and had returned to worshipping false idols. This is more than just an “oops”, this is indeed a direct revolt against God. The Lord had set up a number of different judgments/curses and He laid them upon the people when they entered the promised land. Now, generations later, these curses are coming home to roost.
- The Lord still, promises his forgiveness. And we know this because He still sends His prophet to preach His Word. If the Lord wanted nothing to do with His people, if they were too far gone, He would not have bothered with sending His Word through the prophet Jeremiah and protecting him from the schemes of his enemies who hated the word that he preached. It is here that we see the steadfast love of the Lord: that even though the people are faithless, God remains faithful to them and offers them the forgiveness of sins.
- Jeremiah is a type of Christ. In verse 19 we see that he is like a lamb led to the slaughter just like Jesus. And yet there is a major difference. Where the Lord will protect Jeremiah and lay his vengeance upon his enemies (v. 20) that vengeance is fully laid upon Christ Jesus our Savior. There is our forgiveness and assurance.
- Prayer: O Lord, you have made a covenant with your people. You have cut in in the blood of Your Son and sealed it upon us in the waters of holy baptism. May we ever be drawn back to those waters so that we can daily drown our Old Adam and be given the gift of repentance, so that we might receive the gift of the forgiveness of sins; not for our sake but for the sake of Christ. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.
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-Rev. Eli Lietzau
Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, ABQ, NM