The people plead their case (Jer 14:19-14:22)

“Have you completely rejected Judah?

Does your heart loathe Zion?

Why have you struck us down?

Why is there is no healing for us?

We look for peace.

But we find no good.

We look for a time of healing.

But there is terror instead.

We acknowledge our wickedness!

O Yahweh!

We acknowledge the iniquity of our ancestors!

We have sinned against you!

Do not spurn us!

For your name’s sake,

Do not dishonor your glorious throne!

Remember!

Do not break your covenant with us!

Can any idols of the nations bring rain?

Can the heavens give showers?

Is it not you,

O Yahweh!

Our God?

We set our hope on you.

You do all this.”

Once again, Jeremiah presents the people of Judah pleading their case for God’s mercy. They wanted to know how God could reject Judah and loath Zion, Jerusalem. Why were they stricken? Why was there no healing? They looked for peace, but there was none. Instead of healing, there was more terror. They acknowledged their own wickedness that they shared with their ancestors. They had sinned against Yahweh, God. However, they did not want to be spurned by Yahweh, because that would dishonor his name. They wanted Yahweh to remember his covenant and not break it with them. Then they pointed out that Yahweh could bring rain and showers, but the idols of other nations could not do that. They still had their hope in Yahweh, despite everything, because Yahweh was all powerful.

Job’s plea to God (Job 30:20-30:23)

“I cry to you!

You do not answer me.

I stand!

You merely look at me.

You have turned cruel to me.

With the might of your hand

You persecute me!

You lift me up on the wind!

You make me ride on it!

You toss me about in the roar of the storm!

I know that you will bring me to death.

I know that you will bring me

To the house appointed for all living.”

Job turned to God directly. He has been crying out to him, but Job believed that God was not listening. He stood, but merely got a gaze as if he was not there. Job believed that God had been cruel to him. He felt that he was being persecuted by God. God had led him into the windy storms of life. He knew he was going to die. However, Job wanted to be with the living.