Result of Rejecting The Light

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Selfishness

The next parable that Jeremiah gave was of the wineskins. He announced what seemed to be a self-evident parable to the people. That was that every wineskin should be filled with wine (v. 12). The people scoffed at Jeremiah’s parable, as they expected every wineskin should be filled with wine. Then he drove home the point of the parable. The empty jars represented all who lived in the land, including the leaders and all the people. God would make them as people who were so confused that they seemed drunk, from the king sitting on David’s throne, right on down to the common people. He would then smash the people like jars, one against another (vv. 13-14).

Jeremiah warned the people about the sin of selfishness. By rejecting the light they would receive the darkness of judgment, as a traveler in the mountains is suddenly overtaken by darkness (vv. 15-17). Because they would not listen Jeremiah would weep bitterly as the people were led away into exile. He turns from the multitudes to address the King and Queen mother. He exhorts them to humble themselves in the light of the coming exile (vv. 18-19). Jeremiah urged the leaders to look at the armies coming from the north (vv. 20-27). God would scatter the people in exile like chaff that was blown in every direction by the desert wind. Her detestable acts of idolatry had been seen by God, and she would suffer the consequences.

Application

It is good to respect my country, my church, my organization, etc., but it also carries a hidden danger of pride. Someone may ask, “so when is pride harmful?"  It is harmful when it causes me to (1) look down on others (2) be selfish with my resources, (3) force my solutions on other’s, (4) think God is blessing me because of my merits or (5) be content with my plans instead of seeking God’s plans.

Jeremiah 13:12-27 (English Standard Version)

"You shall speak to them this word: 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "Every jar shall be filled with wine."' And they will say to you, 'Do we not indeed know that every jar will be filled with wine?' Then you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: the kings who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the LORD. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.'" Hear and give ear; be not proud, for the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness. But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD's flock has been taken captive. Say to the king and the queen mother: "Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head." The cities of the Negeb are shut up, with none to open them; all Judah is taken into exile, wholly taken into exile. "Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock? What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you? Will not pangs take hold of you like those of a woman in labor? And if you say in your heart, 'Why have these things come upon me?' it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up and you suffer violence. Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil. I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert. This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, declares the LORD, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies. I myself will lift up your skirts over your face, and your shame will be seen. I have seen your abominations, your adulteries and neighings, your lewd whorings, on the hills in the field. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will it be before you are made clean?"

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