- 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 5
Jeremiah describes collective corruption of Judah and Jerusalem in chapter 5.
God asked him to “go up and down the street, search through her squares to find any one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, then I will forgive this city.” (v.1). This prophetic warning describes general condition of Judah that bring forth the judgement of God.
Jeremiah seeks among the little people but find none. He seeks among the noble, privileged great, but there is none. The beasts of prey are symbolic expression of invasion of Assyria and Babylonia. God has no alternative in the face of idolatry of God’s people, immorality, and injustice. God’s choice vineyard, Judah, has grown wild and must be destroyed by God’s judgment.
Prophetic word that Judah ignored will become a wind, consuming word of God (v.13-14), which indicates the destruction of Judah. Her foolish stubbornness has closed her eyes and ear to the act of God. God is not powerless and will bring upon them the ravages of a vicious invader. (v.19)
God calls Jeremiah to send warning to his people(v20), their deaf ear, blinded eyes to God, warning those who are not tremble before God, those who are stubborn and rebellious in hearts, who are misleading people to turn away from God, who are doing wrongdoing, wickedness, and deceiving. Even prophets and priests are corrupted while people love it.
What would be in Jeremiah’s heart seeing this collective corruption of his nation?
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.”