Text: Jeremiah 4-6; Isaiah 12
When Jeremiah was writing, the nation of Judah was coming under God’s judgment, facing decimation by the Babylonians. A remnant would survive. The tone of Jeremiah captures God’s heart when He must chastise His beloved – a combination of wrath. grief and grace. This verse caught my underlining pencil:
For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
and sow not among thorns. (Jeremiah 4:3)
Fields that have been fallow will not receive seed. Matted down vegetation and hardened earth create a tough crust on top. To sow good seed among thorn bushes is sheer folly. The seed cannot grow well or be fruitful.
Sin on our lives encases our hearts within a tough shell. Sin among us chokes out godly growth. These words are calling us to be rid of sin. Confess sins and be washed clean. Remove sin so the good seed of God’s Word can sprout, grow, flower and bear fruit. Break up that fallow ground. Be rid of the thorns. Be free, and be fruitful.
in Him, Mike