Aug. 3. Various Laments; Idols vs God

Jer. 8:4-10:16

Jeremiah had called upon Judah many times to repent, but they had refused to heed his words. The cycles of nature act at their given times without being commanded. Judah had refused to act even though they had been commanded. Those inactions would result in their just punishment. Instead of preaching the word of God, the priests and prophets had spoken lies to the people. They would receive the same punishment as would be meted out to the people whom they had led astray. In another attempt to get the people to repent, Jeremiah called out to them, “Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves…Because we have sinned against the Lord.” The invading Babylonians were depicted as vipers coming upon them. Some of the saddest words in all of Scripture were then penned. “The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!” It was too late.

As Jeremiah viewed and spoke to Judah, he had two extreme emotions. Seeing the eminent destruction that was upon them caused the prophet to weep floods of tears. On the other hand, their disobedience and refusal to hear his words caused him to want to get far away from them. Their lips were full of lies and deceit. The Lord reiterated His displeasure with Judah as they had forsaken His law and followed their own hearts and false gods. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom…But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me…For in these I delight,” says the Lord. God would punish the circumcised Judeans, who were actually uncircumcised in the heart at the hands of the uncircumcised nations around them.

The prophet, Jeremiah contrasted the futility of idols with the power of God. Celestial bodies are His handiwork, but they are unable to hear man’s calls. Wooden idols are just that—wood with decorations. They can neither do evil nor good. Silver and gold are pleasant to behold, but there is no power in them. The metalsmiths were put to shame by the futility of people worshipping their images. Idols created nothing and are not eternal. They are breathless and the product of errors. God is called the King of the nations. He is the true God, the living God and the everlasting King. “At His wrath the earth will tremble…” He made the earth by His power and established the world by His wisdom. God—not Baal is in control of the complete universe. “The Lord of hosts is His name.”