One point Jeremiah touches on today and will continue to hammer home, is the ridiculousness of idolatry. Why would you worship something you can make and then can make again if something happens to that one. In other words, why would you worship something less powerful than you?
- 1-25 – This chapter states how ridiculous it is to follow and worship idols. With the power of God, why would anyone want to worship anything else?
- 1-23 – God knew the Israelites, though they had given themselves to a slew of idols, would cry out to him in times of trouble. He assures them that he will not hear their cries.
- 19-22 – Paul gives the Colossians a model for how to keep households operating in a loving and functional way.
- 23-24 – We often choose not to work hard or we try to take our frustrations out on our boss or company. Instead, we must remember that we are ultimately working to please God. We should remain faithful in our work because of this.
- 14 – This is the same Luke who wrote Luke and Acts.
- The psalm continues to speak of Israel, their unfaithfulness, and the consequences. This section ends with the hope of David coming as their faithful king to shepherd the people.
- This proverb simply teaches us to be trustworthy and not to seek revenge.
There are all kinds of ways we attempt to separate ourselves from others we disagree with or don’t approve of. This is nothing new. In today’s Colossians reading Paul lists a number of identifiers the Colossians had used to separate worthy from unworthy, good from bad. Paul reminds them that knowing and following Christ trumps all of these delineations.
- 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.
- 1-6 – Jeremiah is grieved because of the sins of his people. He mourns because of their disconnection from God.
- 7-11 – God’s response does not give much comfort.
- 12-22 – The Israelites are called to mourn over their unfaithfulness.
- 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.
- 1-10 – Paul lays out the differences between what the Colossians should focus on versus what is meaningless. They should focus on the things of God and walk away from sinful nature.
- 11 – Commitment to Christ trumps any other delineation.
- 12-17 – Beautiful verses! Definitely ones to memorize. Similar to the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians, against these good things, there is no law.
- This portion of the psalm recounts that the Israelites were not faithful despite the many reasons they should have been. It then recounts many of the reasons.
- Many of the proverbs remind us to be diligent, to plan, and not to act rashly. This one follows a similar theme. Plan and prepare first, then act.
We have the ability and propensity to turn good things bad. In other words, things that God has given us for good, we tend to corrupt and pervert or make them into idols. In today’s Jeremiah reading, we find that the Israelites have begun to rely on the temple instead of using at as a tool that connects them to God, as God intended it. What are the temples in your life? Service? Family? Work?
- 15-30 – Jerusalem will soon face disaster.
- 1 – Jeremiah’s sermon in the temple begins.
- 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.
- 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.
- 13-15 – Whatever it is that we were trusting in before Christ is taken away.
- 16-23 – No one else gets to tell us that Christ has not accepted us or that we are unacceptable to him. Of course, we are called to lovingly call out one another’s sins, but ultimately it is Christ who justifies us.
- 5-8 – The testimony in Jacob was designed to teach younger generations about God. God does great things in our lives in order to bless us and then calls us to tell others about it.
- 9-20 – The Israelites continually had reason to trust in God and yet continued to question his faithfulness.
- Honesty is a blessing and is as pleasant as a kiss.
Today’s proverb is awesome and convicting all at the same time. We tend to gloss over things and avoid calling out sin because we don’t want to judge, but sin is sin. It may not feel good to call it that, but avoiding the truth only hurts us and those who need to be called out.
- 19-31 – Judah had become desolate, which was shameful. The people cried out in anguish over the sorrow of this.
- 1-19 – Jeremiah tells God the people are not repenting. God declares his intent to punish them for their sins and even alludes to exile.
- 20-31 – God reflects on the Israelites’ unwillingness to repent, how it has shaped them and declares that it’s absolutely necessary for him to punish them.
- 1-14 – This is God’s warning to Jerusalem to repent or face certain consequences.
- 24-29 – Paul considers his struggles and persecution worth it when people come to full faith in God.
- 6 – You have the knowledge of who Christ is, now live in a way that shows it.
- 1-9 – The psalmist wonders where God’s help is.
- 10-15 – The psalmist, though feeling in need of God, is able to fall back on his experiences of God from the past to sustain him.
- 24-25 – Call a spade a spade. If someone is sinning, don’t compliment them for it or tell them it’s ok. Call out the sin.
The Colossians wanted to be faithful but there were a lot of things trying to pull them away from Christ. I think we can all relate.
You know when you have an older sibling and they get in trouble a lot? That’s supposed to deter you from falling into their same traps. This should have been the case for Judah as they watched Israel continually sin against God and eventually get defeated by Assyria. This should have changed Judah’s ways…but it didn’t. They fell into the same trap. Jeremiah reminds them they had every opportunity to turn it around.
- 1-10 – The wife’s “whoredom” is describing Israel’s tendencies to worship other gods. Judah saw Israel’s unfaithfulness and instead of learning from it, emulated it.
- 11-18 – God speaks of how he will forgive Israel and allow them to return to him.
- 19-25 – God calls Israel to repent.
- 1-8 – Judah is called to repentance but there is question if the Lord will actually forgive them.
- 3-4 – Paul often tells the churches that he thanks God for their faithfulness. It seems to be a true boost for him to have others also pursuing righteousness and sharing the gospel.
- 11-14 – Paul encourages the Colossians to draw on the strength and knowledge that God has removed them from darkness and given them the light of Christ. This allows them to spread the good news and care for others.
- The psalmist speaks of God’s great power and encourages people to trust in that.
- Kings were chosen and anointed by God. If you weren’t on the side of the king, you weren’t on God’s side and would most certainly face destruction. Just think back on how David handled people who mistreated Saul even after Saul was unfaithful and rejected by God.