Jeremiah 6:22-30 (JDV)
Jeremiah 6:22 This is what Yahveh says: Notice, a people will come from a northern land; a large nation will be stirred up from the remote regions of the land.
Jeremiah 6:23 They grasp bow and javelin. They are cruel and show no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, lined up like men in battle formation against you, Daughter Zion.
Jeremiah 6:24 We have heard about it, and our hands hang limp. We have lost our battle strength—pain, like a woman in labor.
Jeremiah 6:25 Don’t go out to the countryside; don’t walk on the road, because the enemy has a sword; terror surrounds us.
Jeremiah 6:26 My dear people, dress yourselves in sackcloth and roll in the dust. Mourn as you would for an only son, a bitter lament, for suddenly the destroyer will come on us.
Jeremiah 6:27 I have appointed you to be a metal assayer among my people – a refiner — so you may know and assay their way of life.
Jeremiah 6:28 They are all stubborn rebels spreading slander. They are bronze and iron; all of them are corrupt.
Jeremiah 6:29 The bellows blow, blasting the lead with fire. The refining is completely in vain; the evil ones are not separated out.
Jeremiah 6:30 They are called rejected silver, because Yahveh has rejected them.
The idea of rejected silver is that it was intended to be refined and then enjoyed as a treasure. But Jeremiah does not hold out hope for that. Instead, the refining process is completely in vain. The corruption is not separated out. You would think that the great enemy from the north would have done that. But it will take the great Friend from heaven to do it.
There is still hope for Israel, just like there is hope for you and me. But that hope is only in Christ.
Lord, refine us, make us vessels of pure silver, treasures for your sanctuary.