- 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 8
Jeremiah made an oracle against Judah and his own people for their sin, and prophecy of impending destruction as the punishment of God.
Jeremiah used biting irony, exposed bones of total destruction by idols that they worshipped, sun, moon and stars. “A man who falls know how to get up and the birds follow their natural instincts. But Judah, God’s people forgets God’s law.”
They listened to repent but they didn’t. They ignored the signs of God but remained stubborn, pride and greedy, lying, rejecting the word of God. They claimed peace when there was no peace. God deserted them, therefore, to total destruction, people, their land, production, and land. Judah, like an unfruitful vine or fig tree, would be destroyed.
Jeremiah bore to himself the punishment, lamenting over Judah. “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed, I mourn and horror grips me.” (v21). It distressed Jeremiah to denounce his own people, lamenting “Is there balm in Gilead? Balm in Gilead was resin from the Styrax tree, produced especially in the north Transjordan region of Gilead widely used for medical purposes
But there was no healing balm in Judah and Israel.
Jeremiah, weeping prophet, is crying out in distress for the fate of his people. We read his heart breaking out of his love for his people.
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?