Jeremiah 9

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Jeremiah grieves the people choosing destruction, and grieves the loss of their privileges that they will not have to hand down to their children (verse 1). He says he would have rather been a prophet leading them through the wilderness so they could follow, than be calling out to them and they not listen (verse 2). Instead of performing ordinances, they are involved in priestcraft (verse 3). Instead of caring for each other, they are contentious and neglect one another (verse 4). Instead of testifying of the truth of the atonement, the people are choosing sin (verse 5). Instead of covenant keeping, their habits lead them away from God (verse 6). Since abandoning God, they are now also betraying each other (verse 8). This is the evidence against them that declares they have asked for consequences, because nothing else will remind them whose they are (verse 7).

The Lord must avenge these wrongdoings, for it is now the only way to call the people back to Him and remind them that He is God – the One who truly can save them (verse 9). Instead of temple worship with them, the Lord mourns their absence; instead of leading them through mortality (“wilderness”), the Lord watches them wander like escaped beasts (verse 10). They have turned from God, and invited destruction upon themselves. Instead of a holy place, their land will be desolation (verse 11).

The Lord pleads for any one of His people to be wise enough to hear His words, to respond to the prophets, to turn to Him that they may be rescued (verse 12). But the people do not obey Him and betray their covenants (verse 13), following their own philosophies and getting sucked into false traditions instead (verse 14). This is what they have said they wanted, and so the Lord will let them choose it (verse 15).

Because they have rejected their own gathering, they will be scattered (verse 16). They have not been faithful (verse 17), not even trying to give an illusion of repentance (verse 18). The people think they have done nothing wrong, and so have nothing to repent of – only complaining that these consequences are because they are spoiled (verse 19).

But the truth is that they have sinned, and they should be crying out to the Lord in repentance (verse 20). The consequences they have chosen have arrived, and families will be destroyed because of it (verse 21). Besides the physical scattering, there is no truth to hold generations together (verse 22). The people have been arrogant, selfish, and proud (verse 23), rather than wise and relying on the Lord who offers them “lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness” (verse 24). They have chosen punishment, and so the Lord must deliver it (verse 25), even though it grieves Him that His chosen people (who should know better) are behaving as people who do not know Him (verse 26).

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Jeremiah 9 — 1 Comment

  1. Wow, that has put so much into perspective for me personally with my own family. Thanks for sharing this, I had forgotten this chapter and it meaning. Just goes back to the fact I must find another church, as the one I attended for years has closed. I learned so much there and then got involved in worldly thing that got me totally off track from where I was. I have tied telling myself I know the Bible and what it says and how it applies to me so why do I need a church anyway! This is more motivation for me to get back out there until a find a place of worship that feels like home.

    Again, thanks for sharing this passage, which I so needed to read and soak in to open my eyes again to why we must have fellowship and guidance along our paths in life. I am still wondering in the wilderness chasing an elusive worldly dream.

    Bless you!