Jeremiah 10 to 12

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Jeremiah 10-12

Jeremiah 10

The first thing that stood out to me in chapter ten is that the Lord specifically said to NOT learn the way of the nations.  He said this in regards to His people.

It’s an interesting thought to consider because God has chosen Israel to be His chosen people and He set them apart specifically to bless them.  The other nations carved out idols of wood and as verse five says, “Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak.  They must be carried because the cannot walk.  Do not fear them for they can do no harm—and they cannot do any good.”

I can’t help but laugh when I read this because it’s so true!   The contrast between the Lord who made the heavens and the earth and all created things and mankind who makes idols of things that were created by God is stark.  

The later part of chapter ten is sad because, again, we see Jeremiah’s broken heart.  He grieves over Israel and their foolish rejection of God.  In verse twenty one we see, “For the shepherds are stupid: They don’t seek the LORD.  Therefore they have not prospered, and their whole flock is scattered.” 

It is wise to seek the Lord and it is wise to worship Him and not the idols that man makes with his hands.  

Jeremiah 11

Chapter eleven is very sobering.  God reminds Jeremiah that the covenant that He made with His people Israel, they have broken.  As a result of Israel’s disobedience, God has no choice but to punish them.  

But the question that comes to my mind is why do people today seem to think that God doesn’t have a right to judge people when they are disobedient to what He commands?

God is very clear that when He says something, blessings will follow if you obey, but if you don’t, there will be punishment.  As odd as it may seem, God does have feelings and He is angered when His people disobey Him and worship Baal and other false gods.  

In verse seventeen we see, “The Lord of Armies who planted you has decreed disaster against you, because of the disaster the house of Israel and the house of Judah brought on themselves when they angered me by burning incense to Baal.”

In other words, you reap what you sow.  

Jeremiah 12

In chapter twelve we see Jeremiah’s heart again and I love reading about his relationship with the Lord because there is a respect that Jeremiah has with God but also he is not too fearful of God to want to know the answers to his questions.

The big question that Jeremiah asks is why does the way of the wicked prosper  and why do all the treacherous live at ease?  If you go to Psalm 37, you can see David ask the same thing.

What is interesting is how God answers that question.  If you look at verse five God asks this question….

“If you have raced with runners and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?  If you stumble in a peaceful land, what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?”

God does go on to give an explanation and I believe the tone of His response is sadness.    I don’t think God is happy to have to punish His people, but He is a good Father and good parents discipline their children so that ultimately restoration and reconciliation can be made.

The end of the chapter reiterates the point that if they were to learn the ways of His people, they will be blessed but if not, they will be uprooted and destroyed.  

The wages of sin is death.  Death does not discriminate.  God, however, liberates if we are obedient to His word. 

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