But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation (v.10).
How does the knowledge of God well from the depths of a man? He sees visions and dreams, which have their outward signs. Why do we move eyes in our REM state? We are technically asleep are we not? Man responds to God as Jesus made clear to Simon Peter.”Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Matt.16:17). It was not from human parents but God in heaven. So when we pray, ‘Our father which art in heaven’ we are acknowledging our place in the divine Will and it has nothing whatsoever to thank for our material make up. God did see us even before we were conceived. “For you created my inmost being;/ you knit me together in my mother’s womb./ I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; (Ps.139:13-14)” It is what the Spirit instructs us with the term ‘soul’ an intimation that God has foreseen us. When we accept his Son as our savior it is as straightforward as we fulfilled his Will concerning us. It is just the start. Death and destruction and whatever misfortune that the world is subject to may stop it, but these are not anything to be afraid of. For we are not our own. God’s judgment of the world may affect our physical aspects but our standing in his Will and how his Son fulfilled it concerning our salvation is secure from all harm(1 Co.6:19). When Jeremiah writes of things he would not have possibly seen it is just as well. God reveals it to whomsoever he will. Consider the v.13 ‘He causeth the waters to ascend from the ends of earth’ is what his soul would have read from his own state. We are not our own but to do the Will of our Father. Am I my brother’s keeper? Jeremiah’s lament must give us food for thought. vv,20-23
Jeremiad is not wallowing in self-pity but how his own nation has foolishly brought upon themselves desolations. He has seen all too well -because God revealed it to him, what it shall do and his own tabernacle cannot be impervious to what is happening to the rest. Tabernacle is in the sense of rest. sanctuary. Jacob was a tent dweller meaning given to introspection. On the other hand Esau was outdoor type. Both aspects of personality seeking rest. Just as glory of God resting upon the mercy seat his soul is disquieted “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.(Ps.42:11-NIV)
By the same token our body as a temple is a repository of prejudices and customs of nations which give rise to idols that are anathema to God. Brutish are they when thy make gods out of their cultural superiority and color. Verse 14 applies to them “Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them”. Yet modern churches keep them as though there is some value in them.”For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered(v.21). God revealed Simon Peter on one side. It did not mean however he was immune from the wiles of Satan. We also read how Jesus handled it. “Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.(Matt.16:22-24). Our soul is an ever present question mark. How shall you go forward, falling in line with fools or with saints?
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The Lord of hosts is his name.
17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.
18 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.
19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.