Jeremiah 32: The Fall of Judah
In Jeremiah 32, we receive more prophecy about the fall of Judah the hands of the Babylonians which is remarkably accurate, but we also get a kind of recap of why this entire situation was coming to be.
Jer 32:30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD.
Jer 32:31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,
Jer 32:32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Jer 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
There are a few things to point out about this one. First, it wasn’t just the fact that the people were thinking evil things, but they were actually doing them. We certainly need to control our thought lives, but they were going even one step further. We all tempted, but we need to resist that, and apparently the people of Judah were not doing that very well.
A second important point is the fact that God was angry. We like to “sanitize” our image of who God is, and we sometimes wipe out the parts that we don’t think are so easy. However, this anger is a part of the character of God. It is a part of the Biblical account, so we cannot deny it. People violate His will, and while He certainly is forgiving, it is not as if He loves being sinned against.
Finally, the last point I want to emphasize is this idea of teaching. When the people were taught, they were not listening. In other words, the effect of the teaching was entirely lost on them because they were not actually involved with it and trying to apply it to their lives. How often can we do this in church today? Will that happen this morning?
The people of Judah obviously had a lot of things wrong with the culture, and I think we would have to be oblivious to not realize that many of these things happening in our society today. We need to control temptation, actually realize who God is and receive instruction from the Lord of all eternity.