Jeremiah 23:33 When this people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, “What is the burden of the LORD?” you shall say to them, “You are the burden, and I will cast you off, says the LORD.” 34 And as for the prophet, priest, or the people who say, “The burden of the LORD,” I will punish them and their households.
If you’re reading along with me in the Moravian Daily Texts then you’ve been slogging through Jeremiah. It’s not easy. Jeremiah was probably not much fun at parties. He seems to be saying the same things over and over again – using different imagery perhaps, but the same message. Straighten up or else! Some days (like today) I feel like skipping Jeremiah. Enough already!
But when I think about it, I marvel at how hard-hearted the people were to whom Jeremiah was speaking. And when I say Jeremiah was speaking I mean God was speaking, because God was the one putting the words in Jeremiah’s mouth. One warning after another. After another. After another. For YEARS! And the people didn’t listen so they paid a terrible price. They were conquered by the Babylonians and lost their homeland, with many of the them forced into exile in Babylon. Awful. Why didn’t they listen?! Then Jesus’ words come to mind from Matthew 7:3
3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?
I think Jesus is talking about me here. I think about the ancient Israelites and wonder, “How they could be so foolish?!”. Maybe the better question is, ‘”How am I making the same mistake they did? How is the Lord trying to get my attention but I’m ignoring him?” That’s where my mind goes upon reading this passage. Let’s pray.
Heavenly Father, give us ears to hear your warnings and grace to get back on track with you. Before it’s too late. Amen.