Jeremiah’s role of being a prophet was a thankless job. God’s people, Israel (called “faithless”) and her sister Judah (called “unfaithful”) rebelled all the more and refused to return to the Lord. As their disobedience heightened, and Jeremiah’s plea for their re-thinking intensified, some even tried to kill Jeremiah for giving a “negative” prophecy. It was a very low point in God’s recorded Story. Those He created in His image, those He loved and rescued and designed a covenant with, were far away from Him and far away from living out any of His virtues and values.
Then, God said it was too late, that Jeremiah shouldn’t even bother praying for them anymore since destruction was coming. The Lord gave clear instructions: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” declares the LORD.
How disheartening that the people did not take God’s warnings to heart or His rebukes through Jeremiah seriously, and they completely rejected His loving kindness. Will we learn from history? I pray that our nation, our world, has not pushed God too far. Please, God, do not withdraw Your love from us. May we fully return to You while there is still time. Amen.