Season After Pentecost: The Old Testament Passage – J’accuse!

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord:
What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?
They did not say, “Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through,
where no one lives?” (Jeremiah 2:4 – 6)

I have long admired the audacity and “chutzpah” of the prophets in being open to hearing the word of God and putting those thoughts/emotions into word, and then speaking them out loud. {That is as close, beloved reader, as I will come to telling you the Old Testament is inerrant.}

The writer of Jeremiah uses reverse logic to set up the argument (i.e. persuasive point) that the Lord took good care of the house of Jacob and all the families of Israel.

“I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.” (Verse 7)

Consider that this might have been written many generations after the house of Jacob et all was brought out of Egypt and into new land. Then apply this to those who came to North America as “pilgrims” seeking religious freedom. What do you think the Lord would say to us as descendants of these pilgrims? Have we “defiled” the land our spiritual forebearers were lead to?

The priests did not say, “Where is the Lord?”
Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.

Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children.
Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory
for something that does not profit.” (Verses 8 to 11)

Let us stop and consider what we have read in this passage just above. The religious leaders did not seem to know God or God’s laws. And they sought not the Lord God but other gods. Gods that promised delights of this world and not anything that lasts. The people stand accused too, of seeking other gods and straying away from the one God. And this, the writer of Jeremiah says, is dreadful!

“Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.” (Verses 12 – 13)

It is a terrible thing, beloved reader, to stand accused because of the actions of others. Surely amongst all the people at the time the prophet Jeremiah was prophesying/this was being written there were people still faithful to God. And the same is true today. But humanity stands accused. In the time of the prophet Jeremiah, is one was guilty all were guilty. It is not quite the same today, thankfully. We realize that each person in their own heart has to answer for his/her actions. If you stood accused, beloved reader, what would you say? What would you answer this accusation with?



About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

One thought on “Season After Pentecost: The Old Testament Passage – J’accuse!

  1. Bang Pei says:

    I have just know this


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