- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 4
“Return to me,” is the repeated message that prophet Jeremiah speak for God to Judah. Jeremiah explains how to return to God in symbolic expressions:
“Put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray.”
“Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.”
“circumcise yourself to the Lord, circumcise your heart.”
God sends judgement to Judah for her wickedness and asks Jeremiah to make warning sound to Judah for disaster coming from north, which indicates invasion of Assyria and Babylonia.
As a prophet who are called to predict the impending disaster to his people, Jeremiah is grieving over it, and he speaks for his people to God, “how completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, “ you will have peace, when the sword is at our throats.” (v10).
And he bears in himself the agony of the suffering of his people from the coming disaster that God brings to punish Judah and Jerusalem. “Oh, my anguish… the agony of my heart…. my heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent.” He laments the disaster that will destroy his land.
In a vision, prophet Jeremiah sees the terrifying results of God’s irrevocable judgment. It is like mighty bomb that strike the earth returning to stone age, waste and void. Like a woman in the anguish of labor pain, like a victim with no help before murder, Judah and Jerusalem, the daughter of Zion will suffer alone.
This is a disastrous and heart breaking vision for Jeremiah who is known as weeping prophet.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?
4. Sing a song, “How deep the Father’s love for me.”