To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so that they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
Jeremiah 6:10 (NIV)
Read: Jeremiah 6:1-10
Consider: I don’t know if you’ve read books like Jeremiah before. If not, I commend them to you. Be prepared to be shocked and challenged by what you read. I’ll let you into a secret; I never tire of reading Old Testament prophecy. I find the prophetic books stimulating, not least because they are full of statements like ‘The Lord said …’ Additionally, the examples given to us of the people of Israel are there as warnings to us to remain faithful to God. The Bible is also full of indications of the faithfulness of God, even in light of the faithlessness of his people.
While looking at Jeremiah you will see things that were clearly warnings for the people of the time. We need to ask ourselves if the same things could be said of our day and what can we learn from this?
Why start at chapter 6, rather than chapter 1? I suppose it is because of the question Jeremiah asks in 6:10 (quoted above). It is as if Jeremiah is saying ‘Surely someone will listen!’ Over the next few posts we will consider three groups of people who should surely listen to the warnings – the ordinary people, their leaders and the priests/prophets. Let’s not preempt what we will find, but consider what Jeremiah says in this verse: ‘The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it’. Our starting point is the word of God – the Bible. Society at large thinks that the Bible is irrelevant to today. What God says again and again is ‘Ignore Scripture at your peril’.
Pray: Father, may we be a listening generation, prepared to hear your warning for turning our back on you. Lord, we yearn for revival in our world. May we recognise the importance of what you have to say to us through Scripture. Amen