Archive for December 5th, 2017

Yesterday we saw that Jeremiah prophetically knew of Judah’s response to God’s word and therefore pronounced God’s judgement on the people. Today’s reading begins with the people of Judah doing exactly that – reacting indignantly because the answer to their petition wasn’t what they expected.

I am reminded of the Rolling Stones song here and the ending of the chorus, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find, you get what you need.”

When we come to God in prayer and present our requests to Him, we know and can be assured that God will answer. Furthermore, we can be assured that His response will be the best one for us, even though it might not be what we had expected or hoped for. This is where faith rises up in recognition that He, God, Is sovereign. God is not someone to whom we can dictate how He should respond.  That would be arrogance!

Yet this is exactly what the remnant of Judah do and they are described indeed as ‘arrogant men’ (v.2). While it is unclear exactly what answer they were looking for to their petition before God, they certainly do not like the one they get. How quickly they have already forgotten their promise from 42:5-6,

‘Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the LORD your God sends you to tell us.  Whether it is favourable or unfavourable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God.”’

I wonder how often we make promises to do a certain something in response to answered prayer and then rescind them when the answer isn’t what we wanted?

The chapter concludes with another demonstration that God is sovereign and is in total control of everything.  Jeremiah informs Judah how God will use a conquering nation (Babylon) to execute His judgement because of their disobedience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Father, I acknowledge your sovereignty over everything in my life and in the world, and I worship you, and you alone.  Amen.

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