"Before I formed you in the womb; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
The Message of Jeremiah
Backsliding leads to bondage. Repentance leads to restoration.
God will surely punish sin, in His way, and in His time.
Continual sin will harden your heart.
Religious activities can be used as a cover for sin.
Refusing God's discipline is rebellion.
God's patience can be exhausted by persistent sin.
If we focus on feelings and circumstances, we will grow weary.
God is faithful. Never compromise.
God is Patient. But his patience has a limit.
"O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?" Jeremiah 4:14
The people of Judah have abandoned God. The Covenant is being ignored. Idols are being worshipped. Children are being sacrificed. Judah is immoral and idolatrous. Judah is described as an unfaithful wife, adulterous and defiled. Unless she Repents, God will judge her harlotry.
"For they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men… They have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth… for they proceed from evil to evil and they do not know Me, says the Lord." Jeremiah 9:2-3
Jeremiah warns that the religious activities of Judah are futile because they do not fear God and obey His Commandments (Jeremiah 2:19). "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me." Jeremiah 9:23-24