Wednesday, 10th March
Reading Jeremiah 13: 1-11
My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how longJeremiah 13: 5
The instruction given to Jeremiah in verse 4, and enacted in verse 5 probably didn’t seem very sensible. He has a new linen “belt”, more rightly a loin cloth, and it is to be buried in dirt. It is rather obvious what will happen next, that the cloth will be more than grubby, but possibly mildewed or rotting in some other way and certainly not usable in the proximity of one’s intimate parts. The clean, new bought, precious item is no longer fit for purpose and is then disposed of. So in lies a dramatic message for God’s people, that exile is coming, that because they were not clean, that they have done foolish things, there are consequences. Yet that is not the end of the story is it? There is also, in time going to be a return from exile, the people may struggle in their time away, but there are also individuals with faithfulness, they are watched over. On return there comes an awareness of what led to exile, and a rebuilding of the temple of God. May we have an awareness that we need to honour God, but also that there can be a restoration of the relationship.