a humble seat
Jeremiah 13:15-27 (JDV)
Jeremiah 13:15 Listen and pay attention. Do not be proud, because Yahveh has spoken.
Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to Yahveh your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the mountains at dusk. You wait for light, but he brings darkest gloom and makes total darkness.
Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not listen, my throat will weep in secret because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, because Yahveh’s flock has been taken captive.
Jeremiah 13:18 Say to the king and the queen mother: Take a humble seat, because your glorious crowns have fallen from your heads.
Jeremiah 13:19 The cities of the Negev are under siege; no one can help them. All of Judah has been taken into exile, taken completely into exile.
Jeremiah 13:20 Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep that were your pride?
Jeremiah 13:21 What will you say when he appoints close friends as leaders over you, ones you yourself trained? Won’t labor pains seize you, as they do a woman in labor?
Jeremiah 13:22 And when you ask yourself, “Why have these things happened to me?” it is because of your great violation that your skirts have been stripped off, your body exposed.
Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Cushite change his skin, or a leopard his spots? If so, you might be able to do what is good, you who are instructed in evil.
Jeremiah 13:24 I will scatter you like drifting chaff before the open country wind.
Jeremiah 13:25 This is your lot, what I have decreed for you – this is what Yahveh declares – because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies.
Jeremiah 13:26 I will pull your skirts up over your face so that your shame might be seen.
Jeremiah 13:27 Your adulteries and your lustful neighing, your depraved prostitution on the hills, in the fields – I have seen your disgusting acts. Tragedy has come to you, Jerusalem! You are unclean – how long will this continue?
a humble seat
Jeremiah’s message to the king and queen mother was to take a humble seat, because their authority would be taken away and given to someone else. They proved unfaithful to God, and so would lose their job. Their nation would suffer, and so would their pride.
God in his justice still removes some people from power and influence because they refuse to correct evil. It is a serious thing to be given authority – whether it is political, ecclesiastical or social. If we do not wear the seat of power well, we are in danger of being demoted to the humble seat.
Lord, should you bless us with influence, may we use that influence to build your kingdom, and glorify your name.