Vs. 7, “A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant.” Horrible judgment would come upon Judah, and yet God’s people would be unprepared. They would not listen to Jeremiah’s exhortation to repentance. Here we see the example of the weeping prophet Jeremiah as he contemplates the tragedy that would happen to his people. Judah was foolish and ignorant of God & His ways. Yes, there would tragedy in the captivity and the loss of lives…but more importantly…it was tragic that God’s people had so much unbelief that it would take them to this point.
Regarding application…Circumcision of the Heart. Vs. 4, “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts...” They were going through the outward form of circumcision. Circumcision was a sign that showed they belonged to the nation Israel, but God hadn’t given it just as a ritual. More importantly, their hearts needed to be circumcised to God. Peter’s powerful message in Acts 2 on the day of pentecost would circumcise the hearts of 3000 people. Question: What condition is your heart in? Remember the parable of the sower? Jeremiah tells us from vs. 3, “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.” The seed of God’s word MUST land on cultivated soil…a cultivated heart. A cultivated heart will turn to God. A circumcised heart will turn from idolatry. A softened heart will love because He first loved us. A joyful heart will praise in good & bad times. It begins with the heart…when we backslide, when we turn from God…the first thing to change is the condition of our hearts. Check your heart today! Let God’s Word grow deep roots in your heart, so you may bear the sweetest fruit the Lord can create!