27 February 2016

Jeremiah 18:13-20

“Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.” (v. 20b)

Psalm: Psalm 50:1-15


The focus of the first part of today's passage is in verse 15 when God says, "my people have forgotten me". This forgetting or apostasy is seen as perverse (verse 13) and unnatural (verse 14) with dire consequences: in Jeremiah 4:7, it is an enemy that is responsible for making the land desolate but here it is the people themselves (verses 15-16).

The second part of the passage comes from another of Jeremiah's complaints, which continues to verse 23. By way of introduction, the prophet records that an unnamed 'they' are plotting against him and intend to bring charges against him. The implication is that Jeremiah had announced that the activities of the priests, the wise, and the prophets are to cease (verse 18).

Jeremiah appeals to God for help, recounts his enemies' behaviour (which includes digging a pit for his life), and asks God to remember how he has fulfilled his calling.

To Ponder

  • Are there times that you have forgotten God? If so, when and what happened?
  • How can and do churches and individuals seek to ensure that they do not forget God?
  • Have there been occasions when you have asked God to remember how you have fulfilled one or more of your callings (eg, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, to a particular role or responsibility)? If so, what were the circumstances and what happened?

Bible notes author

The Revd Neil Stubbens

Neil Stubbens is a Methodist presbyter who is currently the connexional ecumenical officer. Previously, he has served in the Barnsley, Southport, St Helens and Prescot, and Sankey Valley Circuits.