O land, land, land,
Hear the word of the LORD! (Jeremiah 22:29)
Jeremiah warns the people of Judah that if they don’t repent, God will cause Jerusalem to be a “curse to all the nations of the earth,” and “desolate, and without inhabitant.” The priests and prophets speak to the city officials. “A death sentence for this man! For he has prophesied against this city as you have heard in your hearing.” (from Jeremiah 26:6, 9, 10-11)
Does Jeremiah retract his warnings? Not him. He reiterates that the LORD will spare the people if they repent, and he declares his position before them. “I am in your hands; do with me as is good and right in your sight. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants; for truly the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.” (Jeremiah 26:14-15, emphasis mine)
Perhaps his reminder makes them stop to ponder what is good and right. At any rate, the officials and the people intervene, saying, “No death sentence for this man! For he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 26:16)
Who but God has the power to change hearts and lives? When Jesus talked with the woman at the well, he said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John W. Peterson (1921-2006), who composed over 1000 Gospel songs, wrote “Springs of Living Water,” sung here by a trio in Great Falls, MT.
*On Monday, October 10, I mistakenly blogged about John 3:16, which wasn’t in the assigned reading, because I inadvertently read ahead (who can stop reading in the middle of John 3?) Hope that didn’t mess you up.
From October readings for Days 9, 10, and 11
Jeremiah 19-22, 23-25, and 26-29
Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, 7:15-29, and 8
John 3:16-21, 3:22-36, and 4:1-14
James 4:11-17, 5:1-6, and 5:7-12