Jeremiah 16:19-21 (JDV)
Jeremiah 16:19 Yahveh, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in a time of distress, the nations will come to you from the ends of the land, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited only lies, temporary idols of no benefit at all.”
Jeremiah 16:20 Can a man make gods for himself? But they are not gods.
Jeremiah 16:21 “Therefore, I am about to inform them, and this time I will make them know my power and my might; then they will know that my name is Yahveh.”
Jeremiah envisions a time in the future when not only Israel and Judah know God, but all the other nations do as well. He sees a time in the future when all the nations recognize that they inherited a lie – that human beings can manufacture their own gods.
Are we living in such a time? Some would say yes. They think that humanity has outgrown idolatry.
Come with me to the cities in Asia and Africa, and I will show you that the idols are still there, to humanity’s shame.
Come with me to Europe and the Americas, and I will show you the same thing. What is that device in your hand? Idolatry is still alive and well. It cannot be outgrown. It must be eliminated.
But God promises a future when everyone who survives will know that Yahveh is God and there is no other.
Thank you, Lord, for the promise of a purified future.