“How Can We Say?” ( Jeremiah 8: 8, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Friday, January 7, 2011 at 9:16pm

“How can we say, ‘We are wise. for we have the law of the Lord,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?”


“What kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9) “They dress the wound of [God’s] people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:11) “They have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.” (Jeremiah 8:12)


Jesus cries out, “O My Comforter in sorrow, My heart is faint within Me. Listen to the cry of My people… Why do they provoke Me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?… Since My people are crushed, I Am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips Me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for My people?” (Jeremiah 8:18-22)


Jesus knows He is that balm in Gilead; He is the healing physician. He warns and encourages us: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I Am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)


Say it with me: “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice — not in Your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.” (Jeremiah 10:23-24) Amen.

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