Jeremiah 17

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 17

Judah’s sin and Jeremiah’s prayer for vindication.

Overview.

The oracle against Judah for her sin is written in a form of poem; a poetic threatening exiled Judah, a poetic curse, a poetic blessing for those who trust in the Lord, a poem on deceitful human heart and divine searching.

Jeremiah acknowledges God with praise and trust, as the just judge who tests the deceiving human heart. He announces the shame of isolators who turn from God.

Jeremiah’s third confession (v14-18) shows his prayer asking God for healing, and proclaims his loyalty to God. Though his enemies reject his word, he has been faithful and ask God for strength to fulfill of his prophetic word.

“Keeping the Sabbath Holy” is added to his prophecy (v19-27). This is his sermon calling for proper Sabbath observance. And also this sermon interprets the destruction of Jerusalem as the consequence of Judah’s failure to keep the Sabbath holy. Jerusalem was the seat of Davidic kingship of Judah, and the place of divine dwelling. The destruction of Jerusalem means the end of life in Judah as God’s punishment for her sin.  

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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