Wait that the Lord is trying to!Jeremiah 12:1-13$B-5(B Why?
Jeremiah was called as a prophet, it is the 13 years of the reign of king Josiah, BC627; from then, Jeremiah had told the message of God faithfully. The Babylonia military does not yet come now. Probably, it seems to be BC 601, when Jehoiakim betrayed Babylonia which he obeyed once; but it had passed over 26 years from when he began to work. Various contents were included in the message which Jeremiah talked about; but it had been told consistently that they must receive a punishment from God because the people of Israel sinned against God. However, they did not hear the warning of Jeremiah without repenting themselves, even if they were prompted to repent many times. They still loved gods of the paganism and continued committing a sin, and they were going to take until life of Jeremiah preaching a message of God of all things. One question was excited by heart of such Jeremiah. "Righteous art Thou, O Lord, that I would plead my case with Thee; indeed I would discuss of justice with Thee: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?" (1) Would it seem to Jeremiah that the judgment of God stopped it? This was a problem concerning his own root which should be called the suffering caused to the inner surface of his faith. He does not insist on his own correctness, here. As for his judgement, "the wicked", it was not from his own judgment; but it had been put in a standard of divine message, in the message of God which had been told until now. He asked it in this way. "God, why do you keep the wicked people allowed to stand forever?"
"Thou hast planted them, they have also taken root; they grow, they have even produced fruit. Thou art near to their lips but far from their mind. (4b: Because men have said, 'He will not see our latter ending.' = some commenters say that originally it was here) But Thou knowest me, O Lord; Thou seest me; and Thou doest examine my heart's attitude toward Thee. How long is the land mourn and the vegetation of the countryside to wither? For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, animals and birds have been snatched away." (2-4, 3b is omitted because it moved to 11:20, and also 4b continue to Verse 2, it is natural) It seems to hear a deep deep trouble of that Jeremiah putting absolute trust to God.
$B-6(B The faith of the prophet
However, Jeremiah understood carefully it was a matter with that person and God, and he knew well that he should not involve it. However, Jeremiah have had responsibility for having talked a message of God. "Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter and set them apart for a day of carnage!" (3b); this sounds like a prayer of retribution, but it is that Jeremiah committed all of God and hoped that the power of God and His majesty will be executed, I have mentioned it last time. Jeremiah did not hope that they would receive a punishment, but rather he has asked God for their permission. They always have lived carefree as they want, but they are still peace. That peace; God! did You give it to them? Such a question, it also often come welling up to us modern; but is it a question because of the believers? I have seen many people who got away from the faith, because they can not find the answer to that question. I think Jeremiah surely also had hit such a crisis of faith and suffered.
Why do you believe while suffering so much? You may be wondering so, but to those who believe in Jesus, it is a question heavier than Earth. When we feel and suffer the question to God until here, we modern people think God is not there, and think we don't need God anymore, and tend to leave from the church easily. However, before Jeremiah, there was God who lived and had a power without doubt; and He was talking to him. "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?" (5) (Verse 6 shifts after 11:18) The answer of God was different to what Jeremiah expected. Though this is my imagination, it is thought that Jeremiah had expected to want to relax a tangle and the strain that he faces now. Those would have been a tangle and strain which had sprouted between the misanthropy which arose in his inside, and his faith against God. However, God rejected his question and sadness casually. "When you walk with adult, if you tired like a child immediately, and if you say that you can be relieved when you are in the safe place, when situations became more serious, on earth what will you do?" Will the difference of basic thought between God and Jeremiah stand out here? No, it might have to say rather at odds.Surely God will do something for their evil. However, it is the concerning to God, but it is not concerning Jeremiah. Therefore, Jeremiah does not need to ask it "Is why?". Rather than by human thinking, it is only requested that of God, to trust the decision of God. Jeremiah had to learn it. "Why?", it is not necessary for faith in God. Involvement in "people", probably it was enough to convey the message of God. It was demanded that Jeremiah abandoned that question. It was the faith that Jeremiah must establish. I touched it before "Jeremiah committed all of God and hoped that the power of God and His majesty will be executed" in 3b, but it had to be established here, too. It seems like the answer to us of the present age.
$B-7(B Wait that the Lord is trying to!
"I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies. My inheritance has become to Me like a lion in the forest; she has roared against Me; therefor I have come to hate her. Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me? Are the birds of prey against on every side? Go gather all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour! Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard, they have trampled down My field; they have made My pleasant field a desolate wilderness. It has been made a desolation, desolate, it mourns before Me; the whole land has been made desolate. Because no man lays it to heart." (7-11)
In $B?72~Lu(B Version, "I" is distinguished to human being and God properly, but this "I" will be the declaration of intention to be Jeremiah. This is the place where there is an old debate, Religious reformer, Zwingli, seems to say it is Jeremiah; but I think it is better to hear that this is God. Because this is sadness of God, and I hear it is anger, and sadness of God as the reply to "the vegetation of the countryside to wither?" (4). Perhaps the text of this morning will be talking about the state that Jehoiakim betrayed it Babylonia where he obeyed once (2 Kings 24:1, BC 601), and the races of the neighborhood match a pace with the Babylonia military which get angry at rebellion of Jehoiakim, and invaded and attacked plunder towns of Judah. It is what Israeli itself caused, but sadness and anger of Jeremiah and God are resonant here. Jeremiah is convinced that it will surely happen; and the words of the prophet are superimposed on the word of God. "On all the bare heights in the wilderness destroyers have come, for a sword of the Lord is devouring from one end of the land even to the other; there is no peace for anyone. They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns, they have strained themselves to no profit. But be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger or the Lord." (12-13) This event was a sign of the collapse to come at 597 years; but Babylonia did not really invade, and seemed to have sent Aram, Moab, Ammon as the advance team. However, Jeremiah understood what God was going to do. God would let plunderer trample the beautiful Israeli country / the inheritance of God, and was going to tick away one step to extinction. The prophet had to keep quiet. It was his faith.