For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. (Jeremiah 11:13)
They set up altars to to burn incense to Baal, according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem and this was called a shameful by the Lord.
If we can set up altars to praise and worship the LORD in every house of Karuna Sadan, the LORD would call it an honorable thing.
18 Now the Lord gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings. 19 But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.”
20 But, O Lord of hosts,
You who judge righteously,
Testing the mind and the heart,
Let me see Your vengeance on them,
For to You I have revealed my cause.
21 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, ‘Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord, lest you die by our hand’— 22 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die by famine; 23 and there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring catastrophe on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their punishment.’” (Jeremiah 11:18-23)
Divine Response (v.21-23)
When the people of Jeremiah’s hometown (Anathoth) heard his denunciations about their covenant breaking and his announcement that God would uproot the nation; instead of repenting after hearing the message, they chose to rather kill the messenger. God Himself revealed the plot to assassinate Jeremiah to him. Hence Jeremiah pours out his complaint to the Lord. From this it can be seen that people do not like to be rebuked when they are in the wrong – this trend is much prevalent today.
There are some principles to be learnt from this chapter:
Covenants once entered into are to be honoured and kept
It is fitting to bring hard questions to the Lord and to voice our honest frustrations and complaints to Him.
God Himself knows very well our most disappointing and hurtful experiences