Whenever we read a portion of Scripture, we should first ask, “What does this passage tell me about God?” In today’s reading we see the following characteristics of God:
- · God is just (9:24)
- · God is powerful (10:12)
- · God is righteous (9:24)
- · God is sovereign (10:12-16)
- · God is true (10:10)
- · God is unequaled (10:6)
- · God is wise (10:7,12)
- · God is wrathful (10:10)
Today’s text is the end of the prophet’s public ministry at the temple gate to a deluded people deceived by idols (Ch. 7:1-10:25). Jeremiah and the Lord mourn over the future judgment, which is exile (8:18-19a). Insensitive to their sin, the people feel abandoned by God (8:19:b). God explains why there’s the distance between them (8:19c). Remember He doesn’t move; we do (Isa. 59:2): He is faithful; we are not. But we can always return to Him by way of the cross.
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet (Jer.9:1,10). Weeping for God’s people steeped in idolatry; Weeping, knowing the Lord will follow through on His judgment of exile. Next, Jer.9:10 pictures the countryside abandoned, without humans or animals, because of exile. 9:17-18 refers to women who are semiprofessional mourners called to lead people in mourning a death. Some Jewish families still practice this social rite today.
Jer. 9:3 (NKJV) says, “And they do not know Me, says the Lord.” God delights in our knowing and understanding Him (Jer. 9:23-24). And how do we do that? He has revealed Himself to us in the Scriptures. Jeremiah Chapter 10 alternates between the emptiness of idols and the greatness of God. As you read, find attributes of God, and praise Him for Who He is.