-The prophet is told to go to and fro through the city of Jerusalem to observe and take note of anyone who does justice or seeks truth. If that person can be found, God promises to pardon them (Jeremiah 5:1). The fact of the matter is that they have gone completely corrupt and lies and deceit are all they are about as we read through the passage. Even in correction they have neglected the LORD and His righteous ways. They abused the rights of the poor (Jeremiah 5:4, 28), committed adultery (Jeremiah 5:7-9), pretended that God would bless their sin (Jeremiah 5:11-12), falsely prophesied (Jeremiah 5:13), have no fear of the LORD (Jeremiah 5:22, 24), have a stubborn and rebellious heart (Jeremiah 5:23) have become great and rich and fat excelling in deeds of wickedness (Jeremiah 5:26-28), and have priests that rule on their own authority (Jeremiah 5:31). For all these despicable things the LORD declares judgment from the foreign devourer who will be allowed to ravage their land, although not as to a complete destruction (Jeremiah 5:10, 14-19, 29-31). The people have loved iniquity and will reap the consequences of their actions (Jeremiah 5:31).
-*Application* In the same light, who are we in America to continually thumb our nose at God and pretend that He is not righteous, holding us accountable for all the sin and deceit that we practice. Today the call is for national repentance and humbling before the LORD God Almighty. He will not tolerate our iniquity forever. Turn to Him and do not harden your heart, ears, and eyes (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 5:31