The Way of The Wicked Doesn’t Prosper

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Judgment

Jeremiah wanted to know why a holy God would allow the false prophets and unfaithful priests to prosper if God was angry with their sins (vv. 1-4). His question, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?” was also asked by Job, the psalmist and other prophets besides Jeremiah. Jeremiah was concerned for his people. He saw vegetation withering, animals dying, and the land parched while evil leaders were prospering from the losses of others.

God was not operating on man’s terms but the challenges Jeremiah faced were for building character and thereby maturing him in the Lord (vv. 5-6). He illustrated this with Jeremiah racing with mere men on foot and complaining about that. If then wearied, how would he race against horses, the king, his court and his evil priests? Or if Jeremiah stumbled in a safe place, how would he endure if he were in the dense growth like along the Jordan River?

Jeremiah boldly declared God’s judgment upon the nation (vv. 7-17). God said, if the heathen nations quickly learn God’s people’s ways and claim God as their God in place of Baal then they would be strong among God’s people. However, any nation refusing to obey God will be expelled again and finished said the Lord. “But if any nation will not hear and obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, says the Lord” (v. 17).

Application

Our enemy, Satan, and the world are against God and His people today just as in Jeremiah’s day. How can I fearlessly and courageously declare God’s standard of judgment upon sin; with patience, gentleness and commitment to loving the Lord and the souls of people in the place God has me now.

Jeremiah 12:1-17 (English Standard Version)


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