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

“[We] cling to deceit; [we] refuse to return… No one repents of his wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.” (Jeremiah 8:5-6) God bemoans His people, saying: “My people do not know the requirements of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 8:7) “They reject the Word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9) “They are put to shame; they are dismayed and trapped.” (Jeremiah 8:9) And, on top of this, their “prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. They dress the wound of My people as though it is not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 8:10-11) They are “all greedy for gain.” (Jeremiah 8:10)

“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of My people?” (Jeremiah 8:22)

“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man 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)

As for us, God’s children, “how can [we] say, ‘We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord,’ when actually the lying pen of the scribes handle it falsely?” (Jeremiah 8:8)

We must cry out, “No one is like You, O Lord; You are great, and Your Name is mighty in power. Who should not revere You, O King of the nations? This is Your due… There is no one like You.” (Jeremiah 10:6-7) “[You] are the true God; [You] are the living God, the eternal King.” (Jeremiah 10:10)

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