Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. [Jeremiah 4:19]
When we read a book of the Old Testament, we enter into a love story in a way. The Old Testament is the account of God’s selection of Israel, to be his own people. He speaks of them being ‘betrothed’ to him, like a woman to a future husband. They are ‘married’, God and Israel, yet, Israel is constantly unfaithful. When we study Jeremiah, we are reading the account of God’s agony at this situation. Jeremiah is a longer book and themes are repeated, almost as if we are seeing God struggle in anguish over what he must do. It is as if he cannot do what must be done, so broken is his heart. Yet, his anger is provoked beyond measure. As we read Jeremiah, we get a picture of the heart of God, his character.
May God speak to each of our hearts, through his living word, as we read Jeremiah this term.
Kerry Nagel, 30 April 2015