March 06, 2020 – Friday
Jeremiah 17:14-18 NIV
14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise.
15 They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the Lord? Let it now be fulfilled!”
16 I have not run away from being Your shepherd; You know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before You.
17 Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18 Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction.
This is another short prayer of Jeremiah’s, this time after hearing of the Lord’s anger at Judah’s sin and His planned punishment for Judah. Take a quick look at verses five through eight to get a sense of His anger which takes us back once again to Psalm 1 in part:
5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Look at what the Lord said in verses seven and eight “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Now compare that to what Jeremiah says in verse fourteen and the latter part of verse seventeen Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise and You are my refuge in the day of disaster. It becomes clear where Jeremiah puts his trust.
Nonetheless, he humbly seeks God’s protection him in the work which He had plainly called him to do. At the same time he asks God to bring destruction upon those who persecute him. The double destruction is explained by Barnes’ Notes on the Bible in the following manner: [B]reak them with a double breaking: a twofold punishment, the first their general share in the miseries attendant upon their country’s fall; the second, a special punishment for their sin in persecuting and mocking God’s prophet. While Jeremiah prays for vengeance, he also leaves vengeance in God’s hands. While almost everyone refused to listen to Jeremiah, he prayed to God with great confidence that God would hear him and instead of him being put to shame and in a state of dismay, it would be his enemies who would be put to shame, dismay, doom and destruction.
Once again Jeremiah shows us our trust should be in God and not in man. Jeremiah was clearly doing as God willed in his life, acting as His prophet. Will we even go to church this weekend and celebrate our salvation while corporately praising and worshiping God? We should go to church this weekend and remember to set our clocks ahead one hour this Saturday evening or night so we arrive on time. Still not sure about going to church? Look at Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Church is a great place to pray for one another. If someone asks for pray, don’t say “When I get home I will pray for you.” All too often we get busy and forget so take their hands and pray for them right then and there. James 5:16b said it best The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Remember to go to church and have a Great Weekend!
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton