Hard Words for Jeremiah to Write

Read the Bible in a year by reading Jeremiah 51 and 52 today.
Jeremiah had prophesied of it, but when it finally arrived, the destruction of his beloved city and of the temple of God was a horrible sight. Writing of this event must have been extremely hard for this man who loved God, His people, and His city. Listen to his blunt words as he wrote of Nebuchadnezzar,
He burned the house of the LORD and the king’s house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire (Jeremiah 52:13).
There it is in the first seven words. Jeremiah wrote that Nebuchadnezzar burned the house of the Lord. This was the house that Solomon built at the direction of both his father David and God. This was the house where the Lord met the high priest once a year. This was the house where the Lord met the priests daily. This was the house were the precious services of worship were performed. This was also the house in which the Jews put their trust, believing that because the temple of the Lord was in Jerusalem, Jeremiah’s prophecies of the destruction of the city could not possibly be correct. They were thinking that God would not
destroy the city where His own temple was located. Therefore, Jeremiah had spoken to them, “Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these'” (Jeremiah 7:4). The fact that God’s temple was there could not cover up the impenitent and arrogant sins of God’s people. He can rebuild the temple.
Therefore, God destroyed His temple, because the people trusted in the temple rather than in the Lord. Is there any good thing that God has given to you in which you place your trust more than you do in Jesus?
Moreover, Jeremiah 52:13 records the awful event of the burning of the king’s house and the houses of all the great people. The strong economy that allowed the Jews to live in luxury, God also destroyed. Anything, in which we trust, He can take away from us. The only exception is God. Nothing and no one can take Him away from us. Therefore, examine your heart today to be sure that He is your only trust.

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