where is your mountain?
Jeremiah 22:6-9 (JDV)
Jeremiah 22:6 You see, this is what Yahveh says about the house of the king of Judah: “You are like Gilead to me, or the summit of Lebanon, but I will certainly turn you into an open country, uninhabited cities.
Jeremiah 22:7 I will commit destroyers against you, each with his weapons. They will cut down the choicest of your cedars and throw them into the fire.
Jeremiah 22:8 “Many nations will pass by this city and ask one another, ‘Why did Yahveh do such a thing to this great city?’
Jeremiah 22:9 They will answer, ‘Because they abandoned the covenant of Yahveh their God and bowed in worship to other gods and served them.'”
where is your mountain
As Penny and I hike the trail, we see the amazing difference the seasons make. Sometimes it only involves a little time, like the day we hiked the Ben Lomond trail in Queenstown, New Zealand, after a newly fallen snow. We had hiked the same trail only days before, but it was totally different after the snowfall. The only thing that stayed the same was the elevation.
Imagine how disoriented we would be if we took to a trail one day, and discovered that one of the mountains was gone.
That is the image that Jeremiah is using here. The city of Jerusalem is going to be leveled, and all the passers-by will ask the same question. They will not ask “how?” because they will know that answer. The question they will ask is “why?” – and the answer would be that they had abandoned the covenant!
Christian, do you know that we have covenanted with the same God. Pay attention to the commands of Christ and his covenant mission. If we don’t, someday they may be asking why our mountain is missing.
Lord, draw us to your words, consecrate us to your covenant.