On a Volcano
Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to
all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath
prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.
Read Jeremiah 26:1-11
At the time of our text, Jeremiah has become somewhat older. Meanwhile
his fellowman live on undisturbed, as it were, upon a volcano which could
erupt at any time. Was that really true? No, not in reality; but, figuratively
speaking, this was true for Jehoiakim, one of the last ungodly kings of Judah.
It did not get much better under the rule of Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. These
last few kings spelled the end of the tribe of Judah. It was during their reign
that the Babylonian captivity under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar, the
world power of those days, began.
As a result, the ‘volcanic eruption’ which would be experienced by Judah
would mean judgment and captivity for God’s people. Did this message
which was made known to the prophet cause him to think that at least it
would take place after his lifetime? Or, did he think to himself that he would
not be able to do anything about it, so he would just have to let things run
their inevitable course?
No! Jeremiah was deeply convinced that the Word of the Lord and His statutes
were the proper measuring rod for all of life. That is why he diligently
continued warning his people and praying for them. When you are faced
with serious circumstances, you ought not to become reclusive either, trying
to ignore the situation. Jeremiah called both the rulers and subjects of
the nation to return to the statutes of the Lord. Everyone, however, turned
against the prophet saying: This man is worthy of death, for he hath prophesied
against this city.
Thought: Do you keep the message of the Bible to yourself?
Psalter 206: 2,4,5 (based on Psalm 75)
Thy righteous judgment Thou hast said, Shall in due time appear,
And Thou who didst establish it, Wilt fill the earth with fear.
Jehovah holds a cup of wrath, And holds it not in vain,
For all the wicked of the earth Its bitter dregs shall drain.
The God of Israel I will praise And all His glory show;
The righteous He will high exalt And bring the wicked low.