Have you ever turned on the news, or just looked at what is going on in this world and thought “How nice it would be to live in the middle of nowhere?” Not having to put up with the corruption, lies, hurt feelings … Jeremiah was there. He loved God so much that at this point he wanted to be away from the stuff that broke God’s heart.
Not only that but could you imagine what people were saying about him? “Oh, that Jeremiah. He thinks God is going to destroy this city. Why would God destroy the temple that was built for Him? Jeremiah is nuts.” How hurtful that must have been.
I have always been one to make friends with everyone that I meet. In sixth grade, I started going to a private school. One of the girls in my class and I carpooled together the half-hour trip. I thought we would be great friends at school so it seemed. Then during the year, she started hanging out with some other girls. Soon she and the other girls started bullying me. This continued on into seventh grade. Mostly, they didn’t like the fact that I got good grades or that everyone liked me. They tried to make it look like there was something wrong with me but it didn’t stop the others from being my friends. I could never figure out why they would want to do something so mean and hurtful.
As I read through the first part of chapter nine, I realize that Jesus was treated the same way. The religious leaders of the time made up lies about Him. Had false witnesses come against Him. Jesus understands what it is like to be bullied and lied about. We can take that hurt to Him for He knows what it is like to go through the same exact thing.
In Proverbs 6:16-19 AMP, we see the things God hates. When you look at it they all are a part of bullying.
These six things the Lord hates;
Indeed, seven are repulsive to Him:
A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others], a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that creates wicked plans,
Feet that run swiftly to evil,
A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths],
And one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.
Judah at this time was following false gods, the leaders were telling lies about God and Jeremiah, none showed a heart of repentance. Much like the bullies of today who run with their hurtful plans and don’t care who gets hurt as long as it makes them look good. Remeber, we are not alone, for Jesus went through the same thing. Our wounds and scars may not be visible but, His scars are. We will one day see the scars of His wounds that He took for us as He was being bullied.
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