Jeremiah 18

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 18

At the potter’s house

Overview.

The allegory of the potter (1-17) describes the Almighty of God and the wickedness of the people of Israel. The image of God as potter and people as clay are found in other books in the  Scripture —Isaiah 29:16; 45:9; 64:8, and Romans 9:19-21.

These images convey divine authority to act and human frailty by choice and freedom. Jeremiah was told that God rejected Israel and would bring disaster on Israel because her rejection of God, and doing horrible things she has done, which was idolatry (v.15)

Jeremiah’s fourth lament and confession (v18-23) begins with a quotation of the words of his enemies. They are planning to keep Jeremiah silent because they think that Jeremiah is a grave threat to Israel and to her leaders, priests, sages, and prophets.

But they fail to recognize that God has appointed Jeremiah to prophesize God’s punishment on them. And Jeremiah defends his innocence and prays to God for the fulfillment of his  prophecies mercilessly, total destruction of his enemies and their families.

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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