Vs. 1, “How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.” How sad. Yesterday at YG we were reminded of God’s refining fire making gold and now we see Israel’s once beautiful people now become like worthless pots of clay (vs. 2). Yikes the picture that Jeremiah describes to us is graphic and gory! Jeremiah even describes this as worse than Sodom’s destruction. Question: Why? Because, at least with Sodom it was instantaneus. It got so bad that they were having to resort to cannibalism (vs. 10). Sad times. It definitely gives us some perspective on our own struggles and what tough times can bring when we harden our hearts.
Regarding application…Too Confident. Vs. 12, “The kings of the earth did not believe, nor did any of the world’s people, that enemies and foes could enter the gates of Jerusalem.” The problem here was that God’s people had become too confident. They remembered they were His chosen, they knew their city was well fortified…Jerusalem was a mighty fortress! Who could possibly come in and take the land? Question: How many times have we thought likewise? It’s all good. Nothing bad is going to come of me gossiping, turning to secular music, disrespecting my parents, drinking, drugs…it’s no big deal. God is going to take care of me. I’m not some kind of devil worshipper. God is on my side. Really…individually and corportately as a church…may we never get so overly confident that we don’t depend on God anymore.