Jeremiah 4: 19—6: 15
Ok, I am totally absorbed in the imagery Jeremiah is using. In chapter 4 he communicates the pain he feels for Judah. This is the pain of someone who knows the truth and is folding himself inside out to communicate it to a people who just want to ignore God. It is heartbreaking. And in Chapter 5 he communicates the reasons the Lord is giving for judgement. One of my favorites is that He compares his people to lusty stallions neighing for their neighbors’ wives. This communicates a deep desire to commit sin. If you have ever been around a stallion who wants a mare, you get it. There is no holding them back. They will break through anything in their way, sometimes injuring themselves, to get to her. In chapter 6 the imagery focuses on the fact that the judgement is for sure coming. I loved the verse that compares the advice of false prophet to putting a band aide (superficial treatment) over a mortal wound. As someone who has sought just about every false cure before finding God, I get it. When you run around treating the symptoms you never actually heal the mortal wound we have: sin.
Colossians 1: 8—2: 7
Paul finishes relating the mystery that is Jesus Christ in the beginning of the reading today. He then goes on to tell them that he has communicated to them and to every church the full mystery and he has suffered for it. But, he is glad of the suffering so he can “present them (and us) perfect in their (and our) relationship with Christ.” Did you catch that? He does not want to present perfect super Christians to Christ, he wants to present people perfect in their RELATIONSHIP with Christ. And how do we have a perfect relationship with Christ? Well, we have to look like a perfect Christian…. NO, NO, NO! SLAP MY MOUTH—THAT IS NOT IT!!! If we could be perfect, we would not have the New testament because the OT would have ended with, “And all the Israelites followed the Law perfectly and the surrounding nations saw this and believed in the Lord and followed the Law and became righteous too.” As we know, the OT does not end like that. The way to have a perfect relationship with Christ is in 2: 6-7. “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into him, let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” This is brilliant. Follow him, and when you follow him you will grow deep roots and your life will be built on Him. It doesn’t say “be perfect,” it says follow Him. I am so immensely thankful for this truth about our Savior.