Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jeremiah 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 2. 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?)

  • Jeremiah begins this passage by relaying God’s words about how He (God) feels about His people.
  • After God delivered the Israelites into the land He promised them, they stopped remembering the love and faithfulness God showed as He carried them through the wilderness and instead they turned to worshiping “idols” (false gods).
  • To emphasize the point, God points out that even nearby countries remained loyal to their national (although false) gods, and yet the people of Israel had abandoned the one and only God who delivered them and instead looked for new objects and ideas to worship.
  • God compares the Israelites to an unfaithful wife and a thief. Because of the Israelite’s actions, they are stained with sin that “no amount of soap” can wash away.
  • God laments His people’s choices and expresses His anger that they have not responded to His discipline and He will now punish them.
  • The passage ends with God reminding the Israelites that they will continue to be let down by turning to others instead of God for help and that their idols and “friends” will not be able to protect or save them. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This passage shows us that God is justified in His anger towards His people. He chose the Israelites to be His people, brought them out of slavery in the desert and gave them a fruitful and abundant land. Initially the people of Israel obeyed God but eventually they turned aside and sought peace of mind through their own means.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Where have you been looking for comfort and security: your relationships? Your job? Your own abilities? Substances like drugs, alcohol, or food? How many times have you felt disappointed by others or yourself? True security comes only from God. Today, pray and ask God for the confidence to trust that He can and will protect and care for you.
  • If you made a commitment to obey God earlier in your life, today stop and ask yourself if you are remaining truly devoted to Him. Think of a time when God protected you and give Him thanks for loving and supporting you.