Jeremiah 8 has the prophet continuing to talk about the outcome of the judgment he began talking about in chapter seven. It doesn’t end when these disobedient and self focused people die – their bones are going ot be brought out and put on display – “the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs”. Their bones will be disgraced and spread across the earth like trash.
That’s some pretty strong messaging from the prophet. “They shall be spread before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and served, which they have gone after, and which they have sought and worshiped. And they shall not be gathered or buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground”. People chased all sorts of idols and other gods, and they missed the requirement of walking in obedience to the One true God. This rather gruesome response is the highest expression of hatred and contempt. God is not pleased when His people disobey and choose to walk away from Him.
To be fair, this comes after a very long series of choices to live in disobedience to God. It wasn’t the result of a one time sin. “Why….has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle”. They are constant and continual sinners who refuse to confess and repent. It is every person for themselves focused on self and pushing God aside while they make choices that are against God’s law and violate His commandments. That is what sin is – missing the mark God has set for us.
So what does God think about all this? “My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me”. God gets no joy from having to deal with our bad choices that lead to sin. He wants us to walk in the blessing of obedience. He wants us to have a great relationship together. But we make choices that separate us from that. They are called sin. And then we refuse to make them right. “Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown….because we have sinned against the Lord”. Sin carries a price. And it is severe. It’s why Jesus went to the cross. If we don’t address our sin problem, punishment lies ahead. Are you ready to stand before God? Is Jesus your Savior and Lord?