All that is Left

In judged Jerusalem [during the time of Jeremiah] it was impossible to confuse material prosperity with God’s blessing. It was impossible to confuse social status with God’s favor. It was impossible to confuse national pride with God’s glory. It was impossible to confuse rituals of religion with God’s presence. The clutter of possessions was gone; the trappings of status were gone. And God was present. All the cultural and political and religious and social assumptions and presuppositions that interfere with the clear hearing of God’s word in Jeremiah’s preaching were taken away. Conditions had never been better for developing a mature community of faith.

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  1. Interesting quote. I am reading through Jeremiah right now and Peterson’s remark is accurate. The people had gotten to such a low point that God was forced to execute his judgment against his people. One verse I found profoundly interesting this morning was Jer. 25:29 –

    “For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the LORD of hosts.’ ”

    God used the Babylonians to punish his people, but then immediately he turns around and punishes the Babylonians and even all the nations! Even in the midst of God’s judgment his honor is at stake. Certainly the people of Israel were humbled. But then so were the other nations.

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