APPLICATION Points from Jeremiah 13-16

I think there are a number of things to consider by way of application. First, consider the nature of droughts. A drought has a way of bringing to one’s attention many thoughts; there may be anger, perplexity, sorrow, and humiliation. A farmer depends upon the weather to be of such a quality that he can plant and harvest a crop; when he can’t his mind drifts to a number of things with regard to why. Eventually, he gives thought to the Lord and why the Lord is preventing the land where he resides from receiving the Lord’s blessings. In Jeremiah’s day it was directly related to their sinful behavior. With regard to our own day, perhaps we might be mindful to give thought to similar things. Second, Jeremiah was told not pray for the people. The Lord removed His peace from the community and He was no longer going to hear anything from their lips in the way of petitions. I suspect this had more to do with their existence as a nation than it did with regard to any specific and particular prayer a saint might offer. Whether that is so or not, as a nation they passed the point of no return. Nations exist in human history only because the Lord allows them; but He allows them to exist for His purposes. Can you think of a nation that has existed since the beginning of time that has perpetuated its existence at its height? Third, when we don’t know of what we are guilty (when we are truly guilty) then we are bound to repeat the steps of those who have lived before us, such as in Jeremiah’s day. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for a person with regard to guilt or innocence. The people in Jeremiah’s day were guilty for two reasons (among many that could be mentioned). First, because they were ignorant of the Lord’s will in their lives. You remember that the Lord’s law was found in a crumbling temple complex (2 Kings 22). Second, because when the Lord tried to communicate His will to them to alleviate their ignorance and guilt, they looked at the Lord’s prophet and rejected it out of hand (cf. 2:25). One can’t “spit” in the Lord’s face and expect to be received favorably! RT

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