Day 36: Jeremiah 25:30-38
“Therefore you shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them,
‘The Lord will roar from on high And utter His voice from His holy habitation;
He will roar mightily against His fold. He will shout like those who tread the grapes,
Against all the inhabitants of the earth. ‘A clamor has come to the end of the earth,
Because the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh;
As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,’ declares the Lord.”
Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, evil is going forth
From nation to nation, And a great storm is being stirred up From the remotest parts of the earth.
“Those slain by the Lord on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like dung on the face of the ground.
“Wail, you shepherds, and cry; And wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock;
For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions have come,
And you will fall like a choice vessel. “Flight will perish from the shepherds,
And escape from the masters of the flock. “Hear the sound of the cry of the shepherds,
And the wailing of the masters of the flock! For the Lord is destroying their pasture,
“And the peaceful folds are made silent Because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
“He has left His hiding place like the lion; For their land has become a horror
Because of the fierceness of the oppressing sword And because of His fierce anger.”
Jeremiah 25:30-38 (NASB)
Jeremiah was appointed by the LORD to deliver a message of judgment to Judah and the nations. It was a heavy message because Judah had turned her back on the LORD. Just like Israel, Judah had turned her affection away from God. And Jeremiah the prophet wept. Judah had experienced some revival under King Josiah because the Word of the Lord was found in the house of God and Josiah had called the people to repentance. At Josiah’s death, a series of four evil kings came to the throne, kings who continued in the practice of idolatry (forsaken God, offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands). The deadly cancer of sin was deep and flourished quickly. God who is longsuffering had warned His people numerous times that judgement would come as a result of their idolatry. In this passage we see imagery of the LORD as a lion. A lion’s roar is about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower, can be heard up to five miles away, and is used to proclaim their territory. God had a longing for His chosen people to be tender toward Him, as in the days of first love. He yearned to keep a close, intimate relationship with them. Judah knew that her sin had a price, the warnings were there; the consequences explained. Through judgment God was establishing His sovereignty and proclaiming Judah as his own.
Judah turned her thoughts from God and pursued other things. She began to neglect the LORD. She was unfaithful to the covenant that God made with Abraham. She allowed outside influences to distract her from the One who should have been the focus of her affection. How have you behaved as the bride of Christ? How often have you allowed other things to become the focus of your affection? Do you relate to any of Judah’s sins? Will you repent and turn back to God as in the days of first love?
Lezlie Brown, Family Ministry Events Coordinator