“We Will Not Pay Attention” (Jeremiah 6: 16, ESV) by Carley Evans

The Lord proclaims that He shows us “where the good way is” and He offers us “rest for [our] souls.” He reminds us that we, each one of us at one time or another in our short lives, say: “We will not walk in it.”

We say, at one time or another in our short lives, “We will not pay attention.” (Jeremiah 6: 17)

Therefore, says God, “I am bringing disaster.” And the disaster God is bringing is this: “The fruit of [our] devices.” (Jeremiah 6: 19) He proclaims that He “will lay before [us] stumbling blocks against which [we] shall stumble; fathers and sons together, neighbor and friend shall perish.” (Jeremiah 6: 21)

“[We] are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; [we] are bronze and iron; all of [us] act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed. Rejected silver [we] are called, for the Lord has rejected [us].” (Jeremiah 6: 28 – 30)

“Cut off your hair and cast it away; raise a lamentation on the bare heights, for the Lord has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.” (Jeremiah 7: 29)

Paul responds, “For while we are still weak, at the right time Christ dies for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but God shows His love for us in that while we are still sinners, Christ dies for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by His Blood, much more are we saved by Him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5: 6 – 9)

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