- 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 10
God and Idols.
Chapter 10 is known as a lost oracle of Jeremiah that is established later.
Jeremiah’s oracle is against idols. What is idols? He describes them as foolishness, bringing fear, made by the hand of men, worthless, senseless with no life (1-5). Tarshish was a city in Southern Spain, and Uphaz was unknown city.
“But the Lord is true God,” living and eternal, making the earth by his power, founding the world by his wisdom, stretching out his hands to the heaven. God called Israel to be the tribe of his inheritance. However, Jacob, Israel, followed the way of idols provoking the wrath of God.
Jeremiah prophesize the punishment of God coming upon them, and to get ready for exile, “gather up your belongings to leave the land.” (v.17). They must prepare at once for exile. The lamentation of grief is his reaction with painful language, — devastation, crushed, destruction of homes and disappearance or death of Zion’s family. The destruction of Jerusalem was actually happened in 587 BC by Babylonia.
Jeremiah prayed intercessory prayer to God for his people. While Judah was guilty and deserve punishment, he asked God to be merciful and not to destroy Judah completely. He also prayed God to pass God’s punishment over to other nations who did not know God and tried to destroy Judah. This was a prayer of vengeance for Babylonia.
We feel Jeremiah’s heart, embodying the pain of his people on his own, which representing the heart of God toward his people who walked away from God, and who follow the idols.
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?