Why Judgment Has to Come From God

DL Moody went to England once and met a young man there that wanted to preach in his church. Moody agreed thinking that he would never see him again. To his dismay he received a letter that said the young man would be in Chicago shortly and wanted to take him up on the offe … More


These verses pose the question and give the answer as to why judgment has come to Judah (vv. 12-14). They have “forsaken” the law of God and refused to hear His voice. They follow the “dictates” of their hearts and go “after Baal.” The utter despair of Jeremiah is understandable in view of the fact that even though he must and would preach repentance to his people, he knew that they had reached a point of no return as far as their salvation was concerned.  Jeremiah asked the wise men of Judah to explain why the land was ruined and laid waste. Before anyone could answer, God stated the obvious. The judgment was for forsaking His law, disobedience, stubbornness, and idolatry, or Baal worship (vv. 13-14).

As a result of their disobedience the God of Israel, promises them three things (vv. 15-16):

  1. Poison food to eat and drink.
  2. To scatter them in foreign countries they and their ancestors have never even heard of.
  3. To send enemy soldiers to kill every last one of them.


Even though I may feel conflicting emotions about how people may disobey God and His laws, like Jeremiah did, I must leave the judgment up to Him.

Jeremiah 9:12-16 (English Standard Version)

Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the LORD spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? And the LORD says: "Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will feed this people with bitter food, and give them poisonous water to drink. I will scatter them among the nations whom neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them."

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