Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
“… Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful. That is how they have grown fat and sleek. There is no limit to the evil things they do. They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it. The do not defend the rights of the poor. I will certainly punish them for doing such things!” says the Lord. “I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this! … Jeremiah 5.27-29
The Lord was speaking in these verses about the land of Judah. Instead of having reverence for God and obeying his commands, the Israelites had turned away from God. They had rebelled against the one whom they should have feared. They were without discernment and foolish.
They were not receiving the rains any longer due to their rebellion. Some of the people had become wicked trying to set traps to catch people. They had gotten rich and powerful by their fraud and deceit. They were no longer interested in helping the poor and made token efforts on behalf of fatherless.
God was not pleased. He warns the people through Jeremiah that judgment was coming! The prophets and priests who had lied and exercised their own authority would not be able to help when it came time for judgment.
May we learn from Israel the importance of having reverence and fear of the Lord. Let us not be guilty of the same rebellion that they displayed. May we tremble in awe before the Lord.