A Day of Judgment is Coming

Indifference indicates ingratitude for the blessings of yesterday, dissatisfaction with the opportunities of today, and insecurity regarding strength for tomorrow. It is unawareness of the presence of beauty, unconcern for the needs of our fellow man, and unbelief in the pr … More

Indifference

The setting for this chapter is about ten years after Jeremiah’s agonizing prayer of despair in chapter 15. That was during the time Judah suffered a great drought, King Jehoiakim was attacking his ministry, he was being rejected by his own family and their was an assassination attempt on his life.

Jeremiah calls a number of priests and elders of the nation to go with him outside the city gate to the valley of Hinnon, which was the cities garbage dump (vv. 1-2). With the Hinnon Valley as a backdrop he delivers his message of how God has vowed to bring a disaster on Jerusalem because of her idolatry (vv. 3-15). Judah had forsaken God, worshiped idols, desecrated the temple, murdered the innocent, and offered their children in altar fires dedicated to Baal (vv. 3-5). This has been the location of child sacrifice under King Manasseh. Dramatically, Jeremiah elaborates on the coming catastrophe (vv. 6-9). He holds up a clay pot and says in effect, “This nation is like a hardened clay pot that has resisted God’s truth.” He throws the pot and smashes it saying “God will destroy this nation as this pot has been destroyed” (vv. 10-13). Jeremiah then goes directly to the temple court where he repeats the message to all the people that he has given to the leaders (vv. 14-15).

In this book we learn what a Christian can expect to go through in the final years of a nation’s collapse. We would hope this can be avoided in America. However, as we go through this book we can see that we are living in times that are very similar to Jeremiah’s day. In the midst of shocking moral decay, increasing international threat, and the failure of national leadership, God patiently taught and strengthened the prophet to meet the conditions that he was going to encounter.

Application

Regardless of what men may think God is just as much against sin today as he was in Jeremiah’s day and there is a day of judgment coming. I need to pray that God will keep me from an indifference and hardness of heart toward the conditions of my day and to be speaking out for my Lord.

Jeremiah 19:1-15 (English Standard Version)


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