Vs. 1, “Flee for safety, people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa! Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem! For disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.” The Lord gives a final warning to Judah in the first three verses. Even in the midst of impending castastrophe, God would give a last chance to any who might hear His voice! But we also see the LORD Almighty would speak directly to the Babylonians directing them in their attack against Judah! God is a God of consequences & wrath! It is only natural that Jeremiah would be saddened that nobody listened or would listen to his warnings (vs. 10). No one would escape the wrath…Men, women, the elderly & children. Judah’s hypocritical sacrifices were more than God could bear. This time…God was not not purifying them with fire, He was punishing them with fire. Remember that Jeremiah was a prophet & these events have not yet occured.
Regarding application…Shameless. Vs. 15, “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.” I think our society today is very shameless in its actions. When Adam & Even had sinned, they realized they were naked & went to cover themselves. But, it seems today…if that had happened…Adam & Eve wouldn’t mind. Sex sells & attracts…so that’s why we see so many shameless people flaunt their bodies and not even blink an eye. There’s no shame these days in so many other ways too. Not just physically….but when Christians shamelessly sin outright (get drunk, live with their boyfriends/girlfriends, flaunt their money, etc…)….that’s the type of sin God abhors. The End Times will be like the days of Noah. In the midst of this increasing shameless society, let us be “Holy” and set apart from the world. We don’t have to dress the same, talk the same, and live the same way to be a part of society. As Christians we cannot escape society, for we must be a light to the world…but let us not conform to it either (Romans 12:1)