Jeremiah 5

Jeremiah 5 has the prophet looking through the city for one righteous man.  “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her”.  God wasn’t looking for miracles here – only one person who was living for Him.  God exposed the corruption of Jerusalem of Jeremiah’s day.  God today still searches and looks for one man who executes judgment and who seeks the truth – and finds only the One Man, Jesus Christ. He is the One Man who can save any individual from judgment.

Not only was there not one who was seeking God’s justice and truth – the people were also unwilling to respond to God’s efforts to correct them.  “You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent”.  Jeremiah prayed with a sense of amazement at the hardness and stubbornness of heart among God’s people.  He can’t understand their unwillingness to repent and deal with their sin.

Jeremiah doesn’t find anyone, poor or wealthy, that are seeking God.  So he warns of the judgment that is to come.  He describes the lion and the wolf and the leopard described here as pictures of the coming invaders.  God is going to deal with His rebellious people.  Jeremiah calls it out and makes it clear.  All he found was spiritual rebels and adulterers. This was a nation due for judgment and God is going to do exactly that.  God tells Jeremiah to take action.  “Go up through her vine rows and destroy, but make not a full end; strip away her branches, for they are not the Lord’s”.

God is going to knock down the walls of the city of Jerusalem.  He isn’t going to completely destroy the city but set it back to a place with little protection and easily captured by enemies.  But God gives a promise to bring restoration and revival – a promise partially fulfilled in the rebuilding work of Ezra and Nehemiah.  The people were punished through His judgment, but He doesn’t destroy the city to the point they have no hope to recover someday.  It would be much later and led by different prophets, but the walls will be rebuilt and God will bring them back to Himself.

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