The Word of God comes with encouragement, as well as expectations. It comes with reassurance, as well as responsibilities. It calls us to be honest, humble, and forthright. It demands adoration of the Lord, as well as allegiance. And it invokes a willingness to be convicted, and broken, when our yearnings do not align with God’s character, and message. That is critical to note when reading Jeremiah 8. The people of Judah had become morally corrupt. Jeremiah implored his kinsmen to repent and change. Give up idolatry. Stop perverting justice. Care for the widows and orphans. These were but a few of the themes God, by way of Jeremiah, declared time after time. But it was not met with a receptiveness. The standard for God’s followers remains the same as it was in Jeremiah’s day. Know God’s Word. Honor God’s Word. Live God’s Word. Teach God’s Word.
Jeremiah 8:9 “The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they rejected the word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/8/2019)