Tuesday, January 31st 2017
key verse: 23
At the entrance of the Versailles castle, these words draw tourists' eyes: "To all the glories of France". What is the glory of God's people? All flesh is like grass and it fades, but our glory is the knowledge of God (1 Corinth. 1:31).
1. I am wearied of the people's wickedness (1-21)
The people's wickedness grows so much, Jeremiah is weary and desires to go far from them. Their serious problem is their tongue which speaks insanity from morning till evening. The people are far from faithfulness and betray each other as easily as one eats bread. They speak lies until they weary themselves committing iniquity (4). They do not know God (2b) and refuse to know Him (5). Their tongues, like strung arrows, pronounce deceit. People ask themselves: how can God judge such a nation? He will burn the pasture land, no one will go there and the capitol will be in ruins. Jeremiah repeats: it's because they have stubbornly followed their hearts (13; 7:24).
2. Boast in knowing Him (22-25)
All nations are uncircumcised, despite their appearance of believing in whatever god. In the midst of these nations is Judah, the focus of God's anger (25). Why are they uncircumcised, despite circumcision of the flesh? God says that knowing Him is reason to boast for the people. Knowing God is understanding what pleases Him, like steadfast love, justice and righteousness. If we practice these and imitate Jesus, we glorify God.
Prayer: Lord, make me boast knowing you and sharing knowledge of you in the midst of all people
Bottom line: boast in God
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