- 7:1 – Jeremiah’s sermon in the temple begins.
- 7:4 – Though this phrasing may not sound like a problem, the reason they are deceptive words is because the people of Jerusalem felt that having God’s temple was their ticket to salvation. Like meaningless sacrifices, having the temple meant nothing if you weren’t following God.
- 7:8-15 – God planned to destroy the temple in order to destroy the peoples’ false sense of security. They were relying on it for an automatic connection to God but living unfaithfully.
- 8:8-22 – The Israelites are feeling the consequences of their sin and unfaithfulness. They’re wondering if there is any remedy as they realize God is far from them at this point.
- 9:1-6 – Jeremiah is grieved because of the sins of his people. He mourns because of their disconnection from God.
- 9:7-11 – God’s response does not give much comfort.
- 9:12-22 – The Israelites are called to mourn over their unfaithfulness.
- 9:23-26 – God makes it very clear what he’s looking for. He lets the people know that they are not just to be circumcised in body, but also in heart. He is looking for faithful followers.