Jeremiah 6:  Ask for the Old Paths, the Good Way

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’  Jeremiah 6:16

Jerusalem Besieged; 6:1-3-.  Now Jeremiah describes the holy city under siege.  The mission of the assaulting armies is to destroy the whole society.  But the enemy is supposed to preserve a remnant.  Judah has rejected the testimony of history, the law, and the prophets; only armies coming to destroy her will awaken her to reality.

Sadly, Jeremiah reflects.  He hoped that the fire of his prophetic message would purge the impurities from Judah, as a refiner’s fire purges metal ore.  But the fiery word of God has only demonstrated conclusively that the people of Judah are totally corrupt; they are hardened rebels all.

29  The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. 30  Reprobate [5] silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.

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