17 The Lord has done what He planned; He has fulfilled His word, which He decreed long ago.
He has overthrown you without pity, He has let the enemy gloat over you,
He has exalted the horn [strength] of your foes.
18 The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion,
let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.
19 Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.
Friday we looked at verse eleven in this chapter and discovered why the prophet Jeremiah was in such great grief that he was weeping. Today we find the Lord has done what He planned if they continued in their lives of sin which they did as
14 The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
They followed the false teachings of their prophets and continued in their sins, then earthly judgment came. The enemies of Jerusalem overthrew them without pity and would then gloat over them. This was a terrible time and those who survived and were headed into exile, they finally knew and as a result The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord and the prophet says let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.
While there is no solution, at least no earthly solution, for what is happening Jeremiah says the people should Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner. They have to be active and vigorous in their prayers in taking their prayers to God at the beginning of the four watches. These prayers should be pouring out of their hearts if not for themselves, then for their young children who were literally starving to death.
This may seem terrible and unfair or unreasonable. It is terrible, but it is neither unfair or unreasonable. It is exactly what God promised if they continued their idol worship which included child sacrifice in their worship of the false god Baal.
It is something we need to contemplate, that God is faithful in His promises – both positive and negative. We know people who refuse the promise He has made through His Son Jesus the Christ. We also know those who have accepted His wonderful promise for those who have made Jesus their Lord and Savior. Thus it is incumbent upon us to remember our role as ambassadors of Christ.
He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:19b-20b
It’s Monday, have a Great Week while contemplating our wonderful expectation of eternity with Christ.