Having condemned and warned both kingdoms, Jeremiah does the same for Jerusalem, calling Benjamin, because it is in that tribes territory, his own tribe.
I do like the sense of great personal alarm and sadness coming though. You think of the fiery old testament prophets as being angry and self righteous, but this is a man in pain.
He goes though the drill: their evil has reached the limit, they must prepare for invasion which is God’s judgement. They will be devastated.
The variations for context include poignantly mentioning how delicate they are, unmatched for war.
Also more mention of how many warnings they have had, and how deaf they have been: uncircumcised ears.
And because it’s Jerusalem, reference to the religious rituals they should be doing to prepare, signs of true repentance, and how unacceptable the sacrifices they do offer are.
There is also reference to a surviving remnant, and a metal refining process.
I’m feeling a confusing bunch of emotions. Starting a new job next week. Slightly less pay, for a Christian organisation. It could be great. But the whole redundancy experience has been wearing. I don’t think I can complain that I’m being refined by fire.
I feel I need to hold onto some of the priorities and feelings from this time before I slip into busy complacency again.