SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Today’s passage begins with God describing the destruction of Jerusalem and the anguish and pain the people of Israel will feel. In verse 4, God says the evil reign of Judah’s king, Manasseh, is the reason for this destruction (see 2 Kings 21:1-16; 2 Kings 23:26; and 2 Kings 24:3 for more details of Manasseh’s rule).
- The second half of the passage is Jeremiah’s complaint to God that God was not helping him when he really needed it. Jeremiah cries out that he has done what he is supposed to be doing: following God’s commands and consuming God’s Word but he (Jeremiah) still does not understand why he suffers.
- God assures Jeremiah that he will be cared for by God and must continue to serve God and influence the people of Israel for God. God promises protection, safety, and rescue to Jeremiah.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- The people may have argued they should not be held responsible for Manasseh’s sins, but they were continuing what Manasseh began. If we follow corrupt leaders knowingly, we can’t excuse ourselves by blaming their bad example.
- Jeremiah felt sorry for himself and was angry, hurt, and afraid; but he still turned to God and was honest with God about his feelings. God didn’t get angry at Jeremiah. Instead, God answered by rearranging Jeremiah’s priorities. God expects us to trust Him, no matter what, and He wants to have a relationship with us where we can be honest with Him and tell Him when we are having a hard time trusting Him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Do you feel like God has let you down? Are you angry at God? God wants you to share everything with Him. You can tell Him when you are upset or frustrated or sad. Today, pray to God and tell Him how you feel about a difficult situation in your life. Be honest with Him! Ask Him for wisdom and comfort.