- 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 7
Jeremiah’s sermon in the temple.
Jeremiah’s temple sermon provides the evidence of infidelity in Judah, which provoked to anger of God. Jeremiah demands repentance, obedience, and right worship.
Worshippers sang temple entrance liturgy, “this is the Lord’s temple,” conveying the belief that worshipper were safe from harm. This was deceptive word because they practiced in action injustice, exploitation, murder, and idolatry. They violated five of the Ten Commandments and sought safety in the temple. God demanded them to reform their way and actions.
They made God’s temple a den of robbers, which Jesus also expressed it when he cleaned the temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:13). The temple’s fate would be like that of Shiloh, an ancient sanctuary associated with God’s presence.
Jeremiah delivers in his sermon the ban on prophetic prayer and intercession because of the wickedness because the people practiced abominable things to God. Their families worshipped the Queen of heaven, which is the Assyrian-Babylonian goddess Ishtar, also known as Astarte.
They practiced child sacrifice in Topheth or the Ben-Hinnom Valley. God forbid it strictly (Leviticus 18:21).
Jeremiah reminded them of Exodus story to have them remember their breaking the covenant, stubbornness, their stiff-necked and evil. He demanded them to mourn for God’s wrath toward them. Their land would be desolated, dooming destruction.
What would Jeremiah feel when he preached this sermon to his people in the temple?
What would his listeners respond to his sermon?
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?