In Jeremiah 7:1–10:25, the prophet gives further evidence of God’s charges against Judah. They hypocritically take comfort in having the temple while living in open disobedience to God (7:1–8:3), reject YHWH’s torah (8:4-17), grieve Jeremiah by living deceitful lives (8:18–9:26), and continue to practice idolatry (10:1-16). As a result, exile awaits them (10:17-25). In this section of Jeremiah we see that YHWH wants his people to know him for who he truly is and as a result live a life of covenant faithfulness.
Along the way we see glimpses of the gospel. God delights in his people knowing him, and he wants to ensure that we know him as he truly is (Jer 9:24). He wants us to know him as “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exod 34:6-7). Despite our rebellion against him, God took on flesh and dwelled among us in the person of Jesus Christ, who was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Because of what he has done for us, we can experience “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” and “the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:8, 10).
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