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Jeremiah 11 [Read]
Jeremiah 12 [Read]
Jeremiah 13 [Read]
1 Timothy 4 [Read]
If God is all love but not just, will I still put my trust in him? Do I simply want God to love everyone so we all live happily ever after or do I also expect God to put things right at the end? This is the question I sometimes ask myself and others.
Jeremiah believes in a just God. Because of that, he is puzzled by the things he saw. “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jer 12:1) These people, probably the Jewish leaders who were powerful and wealthy in his time, seemed to have everything going their way (12:2), whereas God was watching and testing his servant Jeremiah every step along the way (12:3). Even the wicked thought that God did not really mind what happened to them (12:4), and they would enjoy their lives to the end. Apparently, God does not care about just.
But that’s not the case. God abandoned his inheritance, the people of Judah, to their wicked shepherds (12:10), and he allowed the land to become a wasteland (12:11). He did this to judge the pride of his people (13:9) and their worship of other gods (13:10). He used to hold them close to him like a linen belt, but he now gave them over to their wicked neighbors (13:11). These things happened because they forgot about God and turned to trust false gods (13:25). Nevertheless, those wicked neighbors would be judged as well (12:14). Being just is God’s primary concern.
However, such judgment is not the end because God is full of love. Even for those wicked neighbors, God would eventually turn around and show mercy on them (12:15). As long as they learned well the ways of God’s people, they would be established again among God’s people (12:16). If God would do that to the wicked neighbors, how much more would he do for his chosen people? The just of God cannot be separate from his love after all.
For those who live by God’s will, they must expect hardship. “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?” (12:5) God is not interested in planting people like flowers in a sunroom, who would complain the minute affliction strikes. He is working on building soldiers who can race with horses, for only such people can carry his name to the ends of the earth.
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