The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), July 31
The LORD commands that a search be made of Jerusalem to see if the city possessed one person “who executes judgment, who seeks the truth” (Jer. 5:1). Sadly, in the holy city that houses Israel’s temple and the home of the high priest, not one person who deals honestly and seeks truth can be found!
Perhaps only the poor of the city were searched, so God calls for another search—this time among Jerusalem’s political and religious leaders,“for they have known the way of the LORD, the judgments of their God” (5:5). The search reveals that Jerusalem’s leaders:
“Have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds” (5:5)
“Prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so” (5:31)
Are “given to covetousness” and “deal falsely” (6:13)
Are unashamed; sin no longer causes them “to blush” (6:15)
Further, the word of the LORD is a “reproach” and the people “have no delight in it” (6:10); they have not “heeded My words nor My law, but rejected it” (6:19).
Jerusalem’s plight reveals what occurs when truth is absent:
- In the absence of truth, idolatry and sexual sin flourish (5:7-8).
- In the absence of truth, people and property are devoured and reduced (5:15-17).
- In the absence of truth, people are foolish and senseless (5:21).
- In the absence of truth, God is not feared (5:22-24).
- In the absence of truth, people are deprived of good (5:25).
- In the absence of truth, injustice abounds against the fatherless and poor (5:28).
- In the absence of truth, God’s wrath is poured out (6:11).
- In the absence of truth, disasters proliferate (6:19).
- In the absence of truth, religious activities are meaningless (6:20).
Truth is the fixed constant God gives (and God is truth) that establishes the boundaries of all the universes (physical, moral, and spiritual) of our lives. Only truth prevents the drift into folly, immorality, idolatry, and injustice.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Jer. 5:20-31; 6; 2 Kings 22:3-20; 2 Chron. 34:8-28):
What characterizes the culture of those who do not fear God? How do they respond to the warnings of God’s judgment? How does this compare to the generation that perished in the global flood?
What occurs in Jerusalem that postpones God’s judgment of Judah? What does this reveal about Bible literacy?
Review Deut. 28:15-68. What had God promised would occur should Israel continue down the path of disobedience? What does this reveal about God and about human nature?