Jeremiah 12–16: A Waistband & Ruin

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 15: Friday

Then the LORD said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go! And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them,
‘Thus says the LORD:
“Those destined for death, to death;
And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
And those destined for famine, to famine;
And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’
Jeremiah 15:1–2

Friday’s Bible reading is Jeremiah 12–16. As I read of the prophet’s words about God’s judgment that is coming inescapably upon Judah, I found Jeremiah 14:11 a woeful indication of the extent of Judah’s rebellion and wickedness: God forbids Jeremiah to pray for their welfare.

Another thing I noticed is one of several “object lessons” that the Lord gives to Jeremiah throughout the book. In chapter 13, He uses the ruin of a waistband:

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.’”
Jeremiah 13:9–11

Yet even in the midst of these chapters of judgment, look for the verses in which God promises to act in undeserved mercy.

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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