- 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 11
God made the Covenant for the people of Israel to obey (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 26:16-19). The blessing or curse was promised (Deuteronomy 27:11-28:14). But they violated it. They followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts. There was conspiracy among them, following the ways of sin. The collapse of the Covenant is the main theme of Jeremiah’s oracle in this chapter. Both Judah and Israel have broken the Covenant.
When God called their ancestors out of Egypt to the promised land, God wanted them to make the land holy, to be the light of the world. But they followed the evil ways of the people lived in the land, falling into idolatry. The people of Judah like their ancestor refused to listen to God and pursued idols. As a result of it, they brought forth the judgement of God to them.
Jeremiah prophesied the judgement of God upon Judah and Israel. But they plotted against his life. He felt like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. They strived to eliminate the prophetic word from the land by killing Jeremiah, even the people from his home town Anathoth were seeking him to kill. Because they would resist to listen to his prophecy, God would punish them with sword and feminine.
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?