Jeremiah 16

   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 16

Day of Disaster

Overview.

Jeremiah embodied God’s oracle to himself to avoid the coming disaster.

God commanded him not to marry as a sign of the disaster to afflict the people of Judah, not to mourn or show sympathy to mourner. Why did God command this to Jeremiah?

Jeremiah’s own life became a symbol of the fate of his people. God commanded him abstain from the usual social practices because normal life in the land was going to an end, and there would be no more ordinary social life, marrying, burying or mourning for the dead, or going to homes of feasting and drinking in the land. God’s judgement over the wickedness of people was impending.

However, God promised the hope of restoration of the land. “The days are coming,” is the usual formula to speak of divine actions for the future. In unspecified future time God will rescue the people who have been exiled. It will be like Exodus when God led the people of Israel from the slavery in Egypt.   “Fishers and hunters,” are symbol of God’s mission to search out people for judgement over those who destroyed God’s land.

Jeremiah’s prayer and confession declares loyalty to God and foolishness of idolatry. And God responds by promising a restored relationship between God and the community, “they will know that my name is the Lord.” (v21)

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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