Jeremiah 15: God Is Patient
It is amazing how patient God is with the people. If we take the perspective that every sin is an offense to the perfect nature of God, then God has been offended by humanity thousands of times every day for all of history since Adam and Eve. In Jeremiah 15, we see God saying that the people of Israel had messed up so bad that he was going to basically allow them to be dominated by enemies, famine and disease. He is obviously allowing them to reap the fruits of their behavior.
Jer 15:2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.
Jer 15:3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
Jer 15:4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
It might seem a little bit strange that I began this passage by expressing my amazement at the patience of God, but we all know that God is incredibly powerful. It would not be impossible by any means for God to simply eliminate these people who had wandered so far away from Him. God can create, and God can destroy.
However, even with all of the righteous anger that you can feel by reading this chapter, God did not eliminate the people of Israel. He allowed them to experience everything that we hear in these verses, but He did not give up on them. The people of Israel eventually realized where they were going wrong and came back to God. He was willing to forgive them.
The same applies to us. How many times have we done things that would offend God? How many times do we wander away for a season? God is patient.