- 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 13
Jeremiah’s linen belt and wineskin.
Jeremiah acted out his prophecy of God’s judgement using a linen belt and wineskin. The belt was one of Priest’s garment in the law of Moses (Exodus 28). The belt symbolized Judah, which was called to be the priest of all nations. But Judah was corrupted by idolatry, stubbornness of heart and arrogance. She became ruined like useless linen belt. All people in Judah became drunkard, kings, priests, and all who were living in Jerusalem. They would hurt each other by drunkenness.
The last opportunity for repentance was offered to wayward Judah or her captivity was coming near. Calling for repentance was “do not arrogant,” “Give glory to God,” “Listen to God,” “the king and queen be humble before God,” or Judah would be captive to exile, and God would weep over their exile.
“those who are coming from the north,” indicated the invasion of Babylonia who later deposited the king Jehoiachin, and deported the people of Judah to Babylonian land later (597 BC)
Jeremiah prophesized Jerusalem’s shame using the ravishing of a women. God would cause her suffering and shame as punishment for her adulteries. Infidelity of Jerusalem caused the destruction of the city. And God lamented over the ruin of Judah.
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?