Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying to me, See, I place my words in your mouth! Jeremiah 1:9 NABRE
Jeremiah is a major prophet in the Hebrew Scriptures. He begins his career under the reign of King Josiah (626 BCE) because of his sweeping reforms and attempts to bring the nation in line with the Deuteronomistic concept of the Mosaic Covenant. With the death of Josiah and the new Babylonian power threatening to crush the tiny state of Judah, Jeremiah becomes increasingly disillusioned with policies of the kings of Judah. Jeremiah sees the return to Mosaic Law as superficial, lacking social justice and economic equality. The rulers support the temple cult but do little to improve social conditions. Jeremiah sees the failure of Judah to enforce Mosaic principles, protecting the impoverished, and seeing rulers collecting more wealth, including fraud and violence. Thus, Jeremiah recognizes God’s desire to bring the entire system to an end. The kingdom moves toward destruction and exile led by the Babylonian empire. God doesn’t preserve any of the kingdom and allows the people to be taken after the Jerusalem’s destruction. Jeremiah becomes the voice of God warning and evoking words of change, that go unheeded. He is a very unpopular prophet of God.
We are made for community yet people are not helping one another. God helps and provides guidance but it is up to each of us to support one another. Sometimes our selfishness and greed go so far the entire system needs a reset. Jeremiah indicates this is Judah’s future. Applying his word today we can see a country divided and people concerned about themselves rather than others. God looks to us with no obligation to preserve a corrupt democracy or Christian Church.
Do you see rich becoming more rich supported by political leaders? Do you see more and more impoverishment?Jeremiah sees Judah’s future needs a reset. Applying his word today we see a country divided and people concerned about themselves not others. God looks to us with no obligation to preserve a corrupt democracy or Christian Church. Click To Tweet
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