No one among God’s people would listen to him: his word was offensive to them and so they remained in their sin. They continued to go their own ways. We stand at a crossroads. Look all ways and find the good way. In God’s good way, we will find rest for our souls…
9 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Let them glean the remnant of Israel
as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
like one gathering grapes.”
10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closed
so they cannot hear.
The word of the Lord is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,
and I cannot hold it in.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.
14 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Jeremiah 6:9-11, 13-16
The Lord was frustrated to the point that he was gleaning even the remnant of Israel, which he always promised to preserve. No one among his people would listen to him: his word was offensive to his people and therefore God’s wrath was building up in him.
Would we ever let it get to the point that God would view us in that way? We would all say, ‘May it never be,’ yet we all go our own ways in our timing. Pray you never get to the point that your city would burn at the hand of your own disobedience. That would be like Achan, bringing God’s wrath down upon the whole camp (Joshua 7). May it never be…
The Lord reveals that everyone is at fault, with even leadership at the centre of the problem. The prophets and priests practiced deceit. They dressed the wounds of God’s people as if they were not serious. They minimized sin and gave lip service to the people. All was not fine.
They didn’t even know how to blush, so wanton they were in their sin. Do you feel remorse for your sin? Do you defend or justify your behaviour or do you see your shortcomings and bow low in shame before God? Perhaps our heads are held a little to high. Perhaps because of the wonderful grace of Jesus, we think our sin is not as bad. Our sin stinks. Praise God that Jesus paid for it, yet his penalty doesn’t diminish our offense. It should magnify our offense in our eyes as the cause of Jesus’ sacrifice…
We stand at a crossroads. Look all ways and find the good way. We have choices to make today to walk in our ways or the good way. In God’s good way, we will find rest for our souls (vs 16), which remind us of Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11 to come to him and he will give us that rest. Indeed.
Don’t be like Jerusalem that day. Don’t say, “We will not walk in it.” Find the good way.