Vs. 11, “Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Question: Just who is this Jesus? If Judas had known who Jesus was, perhaps he would not have sold him out for thirty silver coins and subsequently hang himself (vs. 1-10). If the Jewish crowd would have known who Jesus was, they would not have cried out “Crucify Him” (vs. 11-26). Pilate, the governer from Rome, could not make a decision either. The scene of the Roman soldier’s mocking Jesus, we see that the Jews were not the only ones who were rejecting Jesus. And then lastly, we are reminded of the day that Jesus would die and be the final sacrifice for our sins (vs. 32-55). Words do not do justice for the things Jesus would endure that day for you and I.
Regarding application…Open Access. Vs. 51, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.” This veil covered the most “holy of holies”. Only the high priest once a year could gain access to this place. Now, this incredilby thick and huge veil would miraculously be torn in two. The ramifications of this event still affect us on a daily basis. We no longer have to make a pilgrimmage to a temple to gain access to God. We can have open access anywhere. Don’t take for granted something that cost so much for you to have. God speaks to us through His word and through the inspiration and conviction of his Holy Spirit. Make today His day!
Vs. 9, “So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.” As the time was coming near for the Babylonians to seize the land, false teachers will rising up. Jeremiah would spend this whole chapter imploring Judah’s king Zedekiah, the five neighboring nations and then the priests and people. God would instruct Jeremiah to put on a yoke around his neck. Now yokes were these wooden beams that were attached to oxen to help guide them. This yoke would be an object lesson for all that it was time to submit. False teachings and prophets were rising up and giving hope to those who felt they could turn against God’s judgment. But, Jeremiah remained steadfast in his persistence to ensure God’s word was not being distorted.
Regarding application…Which Yoke? Vs. 2, “This is what the LORD said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.” God instructed Jeremiah to put his yoke on. And we must also bear our own yokes. The yokes can become very burdensome when we sin and go against God. But they are there to protect us and guide us. Jesus would tell us, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:30). Everyday we must be steered by God like a farmer steers his oxen. But when we try to turn away from God…the yoke of sin is so much heavier. Brothers & sisters, put on God’s yoke today and trust that even though you may go where you do not want to go that God is with you!