Jeremiah 10:17-22 (JDV)
Jeremiah 10:17 Gather up your belongings from the ground, you who live under siege.
Jeremiah 10:18 You see, this is what Yahveh says: Notice, I am flinging away the land’s residents at this time and bringing them such distress that they will feel it.
Jeremiah 10:19 Tragedy for me because of my brokenness – I am severely wounded! I exclaimed, “This is my intense suffering, but I must bear it.”
Jeremiah 10:20 My tent is destroyed; all my tent cords are snapped. My sons have departed from me and are no more. I have no one to pitch my tent again or to hang up my curtains.
Jeremiah 10:21 Because the shepherds are stupid: They don’t seek Yahveh. Therefore they have not prospered, and their whole flock is scattered.
Jeremiah 10:22 Notice! A noise – it is coming – a great commotion from the land to the north. The cities of Judah will be made desolate, a jackals’ den.
I have been reading from a book about pastoring. Mostly it is a review for me, because there is very little information I have not come across before, either as a pastor, or as a bible college professor, training pastors.
But the advantage of such books is they help the reader to see all the details, to come into the task with an awareness of how complex spiritual leadership is. Wise leaders think clearly about what they have to do.
There was one thing the shepherds (the leaders of Judah) had to do in order to lead wisely. They had to seek God. They had been stupid because they neglected that one thing. The whole nation was falling apart due to that decision.
Lord, make us wise shepherds, leading your people by first seeking your heart, and drawing from the wisdom of your word.