Week 44 Day 7
Jeremiah was heartsick over what had happened.
Jeremiah used a rhetorical conversation between himself “The Prophet Speaks” as he described the circumstances and the response of the people “Jerusalem Speaks” as in “Look, O Lord! Consider that I have become worthless!”
The NET translator’s notes explain that he used a pattern which was an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet across chapters 1, 2, and 4 then in chapter 3 he used all 66 letters by themselves. In chapter 5 he did not use the acrostic.
Jeremiah, in chapter 5, switched to “The People of Jerusalem Pray:” where they appeal to the Lord God for rescue “Bring us back to yourself, O Lord, so that we may return to you; renew our life as in days before, unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.”
The Lord told the people that they would be in exile for 70 years, so why would they be whining and asking why He was taking so long to rescue them?
Jeremiah suffered alongside of his people, even though he had delivered the Lord God’s repeated warnings and had pleaded with them to repent.
When have you received punishment which you knew that you deserved and you knew was coming, and still cried-out for a short-cut out of it?
Dear Lord, After the fact Your people lamented but while You called them to faithfulness they were disrespectful and rebellious. May I choose faithful-obedience so that I am not left with endless laments later. Please alert me to a place in your life where I have not been fully-faithful and obedient – a place from which bad consequences may come to me if I don’t repent. Amen. dmc2016