Take the test: look into the mirror of God’s Word and ask yourself which of these lists describes you? What does it tell you about your walk with God, your trust in Him, and your level of spiritual maturity?
Jeremiah 9 & 10
Jeremiah 9 & 10:
Tongues like arrows
I love the imagery in the Bible. As you read, think about what some of these images portray and ask, “How does this apply to my life? How does it apply to our nation? How should I pray? What does God want me to see and possibly repent of in my life? How can I be a doer of the principles contained here?”
Verse 9.3, “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies …”
We don’t use a bow and arrow today, but we have all seen one. We understand how the bow is loaded with the arrow and then it is pulled back and fired at the target. God through the prophet is saying that their tongues were bent back and poised to fire lies.
This is a picture of someone whose life is characterized by lies and deceit. Just like the bow is known for shooting arrows (its only purpose), so these people were known for a life of deceit. Jeremiah goes on to say,
“They weary themselves to commit iniquity” (9.5).
I can’t help but think about some of what we call “politics” today.
The emptiness of living for ourselves
Because the people had forsaken the worship of the true God and because they had decided to live according to “the dictates of their own hearts” (9.13), God said He would “feed them … with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink.”
Life would not go well with them. Life would be bitter. They thought they would find satisfaction in living life their own way, but it was bitter and empty instead.
They thought they were so wise. Perhaps like our society today, they thought the religion of their fathers was for the weak, the unenlightened. They preferred some form of “spirituality” that suited them. Verses 23 & 24 say: Continue reading