Jeremiah 19

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 19

The broken clay jar.

Overview.

God asked Jeremiah to act out the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem, a symbolic act. He brought elders and priests outside Jerusalem, valley of Ben Hinnom, outside of Potsherd Gate, later called Dung Gate. By breaking the clay jar, Jeremiah prophesized the fall of Judah and Jerusalem.

God brought disaster because the people of Judah and Jerusalem forsook God by idolatry.  They built altar for Baal. They bled the innocent blood. They practiced child sacrifice at Topheth, the valley of Hinnom, which was a symbol of shame,

God would bring disaster to Judah and Jerusalem, and turn Topheth into a killing field. God commanded Jeremiah to break and to explain the meaning of this symbolic act. Broken pieces of the jar symbolized total destruction.  The idol worshipping city with stiff-necked people, like broken pieces of clay jar, would be irreparably smashed.

When Jeremiah was asked to say this word of destruction to his people, how would he feel?

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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