Vs. 8, “But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts. So I brought on them all the curses of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.” The history of the Jews is the record of covenants…God would make them and unfortunately His people would break them. He made a covenant with Abraham when He called him, and He would confirmed this covenant with Isaac and Jacob. The Covenant (promise) was the basis for all the blessings God desired to give His people. These were a people that looked like Godly people by their so called actions, but their hearts & actions in the dark would bring destruction. Their hearts were so bad that God would not listen to their crys when destruction would come. Jeremiah would find that the message would not bode well to the audience He was preaching to.
Regarding application…Enemies. Vs. 19, “I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.” Jeremiah’s words remind us of Jesus who was a lamb led to the slaughter. A lamb will not fight back…Jesus & Jeremiah would not fight back, but God & His timing is everything. God would not let the enemies of Jeremiah conquer his ministry at this time. For Jesus…God knew that Jesus must be overtaken by His enemies. Here’s the bottom line…When we walk with God, boldly live for God…we WILL have enemies!!! If you are loved & liked by all…there perhaps is something wrong. Our biggest foe obviously is Satan…but, we must realize and not be suprised when we have enemies in our lives. But the most striking part about this all is what Jesus has to say about our enemies…”But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) We are not to love Satan, but we must love people made in God’s image who have yet to know Him. So the next time an enemy steps into your life, pray for them & love them with the Love Jesus gave you! And if God puts His vengenence upon them, may His will be done.