People can really make the Bible say just about anything they want to, can’t they?

I was doing a devotional book this morning, and the passage was Jeremiah 31:16-25:

This is what the LORD says:
“Restrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
declares the LORD.
“They will return from the land of the enemy.

17 So there is hope for your future,”
declares the LORD.
“Your children will return to their own land.

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning:
‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf,
and I have been disciplined.
Restore me, and I will return,
because you are the LORD my God.

19 After I strayed,
I repented;
after I came to understand,
I beat my breast.
I was ashamed and humiliated
because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

20 Is not Ephraim my dear son,
the child in whom I delight?
Though I often speak against him,
I still remember him.
Therefore my heart yearns for him;
I have great compassion for him,”
declares the LORD.

21 “Set up road signs;
put up guideposts.
Take note of the highway,
the road that you take.
Return, O Virgin Israel,
return to your towns.

22 How long will you wander,
O unfaithful daughter?
The LORD will create a new thing on earth—
a woman will surround  a man.”

23 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, [c] the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The LORD bless you, O righteous dwelling, O sacred mountain.’ 24 People will live together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks. 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

And one of the questions was: “What are the guideposts in your life? Who put them there?” (or something like that). But to really understand the Bible, you have simply got to take it in context, and see to whom it was written.

This is God speaking to Jeremiah about Israel, and when Israel will be able to return from the exile. The guideposts are by the Israelites, for their children, so the children can find their way back to Jerusalem when the exile ends. That has nothing to do with who is influencing me; it’s all about who I am influencing. What kind of signs am I leaving in my life for my children, for the people all around me? I believe that’s what the question in my book should have been asking. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get ready for school. Adios!


One response »

  1. Natalie says:

    Oh yes. The devos that never really match up with the questions, scripture, etc. I remember those…

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