- 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 47
Oracle against Philistines.
The philistines were related to the Indo-European inhabitants of Crete. They arrived in the area of modern day Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria in 12 century BC. Much of them is written in the Old, conflicting with Israel until Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar exiled them to Mesopotamia (Judge 13:1-16:31, the story of Samson; 1 Samuel 17:1-58, David and Goliath)
The oracle against Philistine came before Egyptian King attacked Gaza, a Philistine territory. God would destroy the Philistines. “The waters are rising in the north,” indicated invasion from Babylonia, and it would be like an overflowing river, sweeping everything all in its path.
Why does God destroy the Philistines? It is not clear in this chapter. But they captured the people of Israel and sold to slavery,
“This is what the Lord says: for three sins of Gaza, even four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom.” (Amos 1:6)
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?