No One Like You, Lord
Holy and Mighty God, there is truly none like You in all of creation. How great You are.
Read JEREMIAH 10:1-25
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens” (Psa. 8:1).
The format of this chapter is like a psalm, rounding off this section of the book with praise, confession and prayer. The poems about the coming judgment reach their finale. The people will be hurled out of their land (18) and Israel will be left like a tent, deserted and flattened (20,22). But the Babylonian gods are not powerful enough to vanquish the God of Israel. Their images may be impressive works of art, combining wood carving, fine metal work and embroidered clothing. No expense has been spared to bring materials from far afield (3,4,9), but they have no power: they are as effective and fearsome as a scarecrow in a melon patch (5); they bring shame to the craftsmen who made them (14).
By contrast, in vs. 10-16 we see that the Lord is the only genuine god. His wisdom founded the world. New Testament writers identify Christ with the word or wisdom of God in creation (1 Cor. 1:30; John 1:1-3). The Lord reigns forever, while today broken pieces of Babylonian gods are dug up on archaeological sites. The Lord is living, constantly active in wind and rain, as well as human history. He is a moral god, angered by injustice.
In the final paragraph (23-25) Jeremiah’s prayer uttered on behalf of the nation acknowledges the justice of the coming judgment, terrible though it may seem, but he boldly pleads for proportion and equity. Don’t reduce your people to nothing. Do judge the injustices of the enemies who devour us so ruthlessly. Perhaps the conquest of Babylon by the Medes and Persians was an answer to this prayer. We cannot interpret wars in the world today through Jeremiah’s lens, but we are invited to intercede for rulers and pray that God’s peace with justice will be restored (1 Tim. 2:1,2).
What questions of suffering and injustice are you wrestling with? Pray for God’s perspective and for peace with justice in the world.
Lord, there’s so much about Your ways in the world that I just don’t understand. Help me to trust Your goodness and pray for Your justice.