GOD JUDGES HIS PEOPLE
Three of our passages today speak of God's judgments on evil and pleads for His people to live righteous lives that help those in need. In Jer. 19 God is telling Judah of upcoming calamities, "Behold I am about to bring a calamity upon this place, at which the ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle." (vs 3). Jeremiah is to use a potter's jar as a symbol of Judah, and he is to break it, saying, "Thus says the Lord of hosts, 'Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot again be repaired.'" (vs 15) and in Jer. 21:5-6, "I Myself will war against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, even in anger and wrath and great indignation. I will also strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they will die of a great pestilence."
Why is God angry with Judah? "Because they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent." (Jer. 19:4). God plans to bring on calamities "because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words." (Jer. 19:15). Asaph, says, "God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?" (Ps. 82:1-2).
What does He want us to do? Jeremiah 21:12 states, "O house of David, thus says the Lord: 'Administer justice every morning; and deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, that My wrath may not go forth like fire and burn with none to extinguish it, because of the evil of their deeds.'" Asaph continues, "Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked." (Ps. 82:3-4).
Our nation has been going through very rough times lately with multiple hurricanes, many wildfires, and mass shootings. Could God be allowing these things to wake us to the way we have removed His Word from schools and public places? We have rejected His design of marriage. We have murdered millions of babies for convenience sake. We do not treat all people with the dignity that God desires. Our institutions and judges have widely rejected God.
Whether these verses apply today or not, God is still the same, and desires us to live holy and just lives. Paul tells us "But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober." (1Th. 4:4-6). He then goes on, "let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation." (vs 8).