Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.
SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- This chapter opens with God declaring that the graves of the people of Judah would be opened and their bones would be laid out before the sun, moon, and stars – the same false gods they thought would save them.
- God tells of His dismay and anger that His people have no shame or humility about the self-destructive choices they are making.
- Even the birds know and understand the rules God laid out for them, but the people of Israel who have teachers and leaders, and who even had God dwell among them, rejected the wisdom of God’s word.
- Because the Israelites refused to “repent” (ask for forgiveness) and return to following the ways of God, they brought about their own destruction.
- The passage ends with Jeremiah’s anguish as he watches his people reject God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- The people of Israel continued to seek their own paths and worshipped “idols” (false gods) in hopes that they would be protected. Even though God chose them to be His people and led them out of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites kept trying to live their own way.
- God loves His children deeply and desires to be in close relationship with them, but as God watched over the people of Israel, they continued to lead sinful lives by choice and deceived themselves into thinking there would be no consequences for their decisions. God’s anger toward the Israelites was justified as they persisted to turn their backs on God for generations.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Have you fallen down in your life? Are you headed the wrong way and following a destructive path? Today, think of one behavior that you need to change and pray to God and ask Him to help you get back on the right road and heading in the right direction for a life that is focused on him.