When Handel’s servant used to bring him his chocolate in the morning, “he often stood silent with astonishment to see his master’s tears mixing with the ink as he penned his composition.” And it is related that a friend, calling upon the great musician when in the … More
Jeremiah responded to the news of the Babylonian invasion by crying out in anguish. His heart pounded and he could not keep silent as he thought of the approaching battle and the disaster it would bring Judah (vv. 19-21). He concluded that the people of Judah were fools and had no understanding of the way of righteousness which they should have been following (v. 22). A graphic, poetic description is given by the prophet as to the destruction of the land (vv. 23-26). Archaeological excavations have shown that every one of the cities that existed in Jeremiah’s day were completely destroyed. This is more than a simple picture of the invasion. It is also a picture of the devastation man brings upon himself when he rebels against God’s purpose for his life.
Jeremiah had a big heart of compassion as he cried out in anguish for those who are away from God and about to face judgment. I want to have more compassion for those who are lost and backslidden.
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Crash follows hard on crash; the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment. How long must I see the standard and hear the sound of the trumpet? "For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are 'wise'--in doing evil! But how to do good they know not." I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled. I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger. For thus says the LORD, "The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. "For this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above be dark; for I have spoken; I have purposed; I have not relented, nor will I turn back." At the noise of horseman and archer every city takes to flight; they enter thickets; they climb among rocks; all the cities are forsaken, and no man dwells in them. And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life. For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor, anguish as of one giving birth to her first child, the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, "Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers."
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Jeremiah 1:1-10The Lord Chooses Jeremiah
Jeremiah 1:11-19God Spoke to Jeremiah Through Ordinary Experiences
Jeremiah 2:1-19How to be Faithful Regardless of Opposition
Jeremiah 2:20-37Irresponsibility is Found in a Fickle Foreign Policy
Jeremiah 3:1-13Refusing to be Ashamed of Sin
Jeremiah 3:11-25Hope For a Backsliding Nation
Jeremiah 4:1-18Judgment is Sure to Come
Jeremiah 4:19-31A Compassion For Those Who Are Lost and Backslidden
Jeremiah 5:1-13The Results of Refusing to Receive Correction
Jeremiah 5:14-31We Must Fear The Lord
Jeremiah 6:1-15Speaking to People Who Would Not Hear
Jeremiah 6:16-30Remembering Traditions
Jeremiah 7:1-7The Results of Compromise
Jeremiah 7:8-15Religious Ritual Doesn’t Change a Sinful Life Style
Jeremiah 7:16-20When Preaching Trumps Praying
Jeremiah 7:21-34Sacrifices Can be Meaningless