Daily Readings & Thought for August 11th. “I HAVE TAUGHT THEM PERSISTENTLY”
Jerusalem is under siege, all the messages the LORD caused Jeremiah to prophecy about the city are now starting to happen. The prophet is surprised by being told to buy his uncle’s field, “for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.” [ch. 12 v.7] He does so and a “deed of purchase” is signed. He is told to “put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time. For thus says the LORD of hosts … Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.” [v.14,15]
Jeremiah is a man of faith, he seeks to understand; we can conceive of him meditating, he writes, “I prayed to the LORD saying, “Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who has made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to thousands … O great and mighty God … great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.” [v.17-19]. We note and ponder the point the LORD is making, he is looking to see what “fruit” the ways of his people produce! What “fruit” do our ways produce?
What does God see in Jeremiah’s day? The Lord says, “And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.” [v.33] Today we can say, very few have diligently read God’s word so as to receive instruction – and the world is full of ‘bad fruit’ as a result.
How greatly was the Bible appreciated when it was first available for everyone to read – but there is little appreciation today! Our world faces God’s anger and his acts of judgement, just as Jerusalem faced it in the days of Jeremiah. Let us read and listen, and then, as with the few who did listen in the prophet’s days, God says, “I will rejoice in doing them good” [v.41] What a wonder the divine rejoicing will be! May we be there to share in it and know ‘the joy that knows no ending.