In our Bible reading plan, Jeremiah 1-29 was recommended last week. A short passage from Jeremiah was also one of the readings in the church service. God has a way of getting His point across. I only hope I am fully listening.
God told Jeremiah to tell his kinsmen that their sin was so pervasive he wasn’t to pray for them. Infuriated that Jeremiah would not pray for them, the people plotted to kill Jeremiah. God told Jeremiah of their scheme. Jeremiah responded:
Now the Lord gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings.
But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.”
But, O Lord of hosts, You who judge righteously, Testing the mind and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You I have revealed my cause. (Jeremiah 11:18-20).
Do you see the parallel between Jeremiah’s life and Jesus? Jeremiah described his response toward those who plotted to kill him as like a “gentle lamb led to the slaughter.”
Do you see the confidence Jeremiah had in the God whom he trusted?
- His character: “The Lord judges righteously, He tests the heart and the mind.” Jeremiah believed God always does what is right, which, for both saint and the wicked, is always better than deserved.
- His word: Therefore, “let me see Your vengeance upon them.” Jeremiah’s bold request was not for revenge but was based on what God had already said.
May our knowledge of the holiness of God be as clear as Jeremiah’s. May our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ grow to be as confident as Jeremiah’s.