Vs. 1, “How the Lord has covered the Daughter of Zion with the cloud of his anger…” Indeed, this is quite a fire and brimstone message upon God’s people! How sad that so many would not listen to the truth and turn to false prophets. They did not want to believe that anything could happen to them. Though they turned from God, they took him for granted. The scenes Jeremiah shares with us are things I hope to never see. People strung out dead in the streets, children fainting in the streets and dying. It is a graphic scene and one that is intended to remind us as readers not to forget.
Regarding application…God’s Wrath. Vs. 6, “He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting. The Lord has made Zion forget her appointed feasts and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.” Yesterday, the application was on “Sin Seperates”…and today we are reminded of God’s wrath. The Babylonians did not prevail…it was God’s wrath that brought the consequences to his people. If we only looked at this chapter, we would have a very distorted view of God. That is why it is very important to step back and look at the full context of the Bible. Even in Jeremiah’s life…he spent 40 years sharing God’s love and mercy upon the people. But they would not listen. There was nothing else that could be done, but bring about punishment because their hearts were so hard. Yet, unlike and enemies punishment…God’s wrath has love and promise to it. God does not delight in evil. He allowed such to happen so that his people would turn in repentance. God is faithful and always will be.
Think back in your own life for a moment. There have been valley’s and mountains. Yet, God is doing everything he can to draw you nearer to Him. Question: Are you like the people of Jeremiah’s time? Ever hearing, but not doing? Don’t be so complacent and lazy that such a thing could happen to you. Turn your heart back to God TODAY! His love and mercy is endless.