- 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 9
Jeremiah embodied the wailing of God. He was known as Weeping Prophet, divine weeping for the destruction of Judah.
Jeremiah’s poetic expression of lament expresses the complete corruption of the people. Instead of sympathy, he makes oracle against people for the lying, deceiving, untrustworthy nation. God is deeply wounded by the broken relationship caused by God’s people. Judgement and lamentation are two expressions that Jeremiah speaks for God.
Jeremiah compares Judah to funeral house, calling professional mourners to participated in the national funeral song, the public ritual of grief for the coming destruction.
In response to the lament of God that Jeremiah spoke, he calls for renewed knowledge of God, relationship with God, and activity of God, which is rooted in kindness, justice, and righteousness that God is delighted.
Circumcision is the sign of covenant people of God. Judah and Israel are covenant people but they only circumcised outwardly, physically without being circumcised in heart. so they are no different from outsiders who are uncircumcised people. Therefore, God’s judgement of punishment comes upon them both.
Circumcision in heart means being true covenant people of God in faith and trust, doing what would delight God, doing kindness, justice, and righteousness.
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?