Jeremiah 12

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • 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 12

Jeremiah’s complaint.

Overview.

Chapters 11:1-12:17 is the second major section of the book of Jeremiah, which dealing with the meaning of disaster that happened in Judah, suffering of her people. This section answers to question, “why has all this happened?”  The second section of the book serve some purposes to show evidence of the nation’s guilt, to reveal divine and prophetic suffering over the awful circumstances of Judah, and to show that Jeremiah suffers innocently for God’s sake.

“why does the way of the wicked prosper?” Jeremiah complains toward God.  He asks why God prospers the way of the wicked, plants them, and nourishes them. He insists on his innocence and demand that God treat enemy like sheep to be slaughtered.

God answer Jeremiah with riddle like questions that implies worse condition. No place is safer for him, even his hometown. Jeremiah lament over the desolation of everything in his nation by the wrath of God. His lamentation is God’s lamentation over the brokenness of Judah.

However, God’s purpose is to restore Judah. God’s purpose extends beyond the borders of Judah. Both wicked neighbors who touch God’s heritage and Judah will be plucked up from their land. If Judah’s enemies are converted, God will spare them when Judah is restored; otherwise they will be destroyed.

Reflection.

 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?  

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