Jeremiah wrote sometime around 600 BCE, when Josiah was king of Judah. A little more than a decade after Josiah assumed power, it was beginning to look like independence from domination by Assyria was possible.

Jeremiah did not share the confidence of his fellow countrymen but rather continued to warn that Judah was in danger of an invasion from the north. He chastised the people, claiming they had strayed far from God’s expectations. During Jeremiah’s time, workers found the Book of the Law scrolls that had been abandoned in the Temple (see 1 Kings 22–23). Many of Jeremiah’s contemporaries considered this discovery a significant turning point in Judah’s spiritual renewal, but Jeremiah remained cautious.

We often ignore people who deliver facts we don’t want to hear. Many simply dismissed Jeremiah as a doom-and-gloom malcontent. But Jeremiah kept calling out what God directed him to say and what his own convictions compelled him to proclaim. He accused the people of abandoning Yahweh, making the case they had mistreated the Lord.

Like a skilled prosecutor, Jeremiah demanded to know if the people had completely forgotten everything the Lord had done for them. Did they not remember that astonishing escape from slavery in Egypt to freedom in a land of plenty?

Human nature hasn’t changed through the centuries. We’re eager to call upon the Lord for help but are quick to forget how God has rescued us. We neglect to listen to God’s word until we’re in trouble; then we call on God to bail us out—again.

Gracious God, forgive us when we fail to listen to you. Thank you for faithfully inviting us to return when we stray. Amen.

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Leer Luke 14:1, 7-14

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Leccionario Semanal
August 22–28, 2022
Resumen de la Escritura

Jeremiah had the unenviable task of speaking truth to power. While others were proclaiming how good things were, he was called and compelled to insist things were not all that great. The people kept ignoring Yahweh’s persistent invitations to abandon their pseudo-gods and focus on Yahweh. The theme of God’s hospitality continues in our texts from Hebrews as the author reminds readers that when we extend a genuine welcome to strangers, we may actually be hosting the Lord God. Luke picks up the hospitality thread by proposing a radical new way of deciding whom to include. He extends God’s compassion for all humanity by suggesting that we start our invitation lists with those who would not typically be included. God’s central message to humans through the centuries, through the scriptures, and most certainly through Christ, is consistent: You, personally, are invited to be God’s precious guest on the journey through life.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Jeremiah 2:4-9. When have you needed to tell authority figures that something was wrong? Where did you find your courage to deliver the message?
Read Psalm 81. What treasured traditions do you have in your family or with your friends?
Read Hebrews 13:15-16. Where do you observe people going out of their way to show compassion to others? Where have you received unsolicited kindness?
Read Luke 14:12-14. When have you extended hospitality to someone who couldn’t pay you back?

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