Thoughts and Reflection
Today we learn about the virtue of docility. A person who has a docile heart, is open to whatever God wishes to teach him or her.
In Jeremiah we are asked if we cannon compete with certain people, then why should we compete with God? It is wise to acknowledge our limitations. Jeremiah calls the people to repentance. He warns them to brace for impact for the destruction that is coming.
Jeremiah we hear another call to come back to the Lord while there is still time. This words still apply to use today as well.
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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Your uprightness is too great, Yahweh, for me to dispute with you. But I should like to discuss some points of justice with you: Why is it that the way of the wicked prospers? Why do all treacherous people thrive?
2 You plant them, they take root, they flourish, yes, and bear fruit. You are on their lips, yet far from their heart.
3 You know me, Yahweh, you see me, you probe my heart, which is close to yours. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughterhouse, reserve them for the day of butchery.
4 (How long will the land be in mourning, and the grass wither all over the countryside? The animals and birds are dying as a result of the wickedness of the inhabitants.) For they say, ‘God does not see our fate.’
5 ‘If you find it exhausting to race against me on foot, how will you compete against horses? In a country at peace you feel secure, but how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
6 ‘For even your brothers and your own family will betray you. They will pursue you in full cry. Put no faith in them when they speak you fair!’
7 I have abandoned my house, left my heritage, I have delivered what I dearly loved into the clutches of its enemies.
8 To me, my heritage has behaved like a lion in the forest, it roared at me ferociously: so I now hate it.
9 I see my heritage as a brightly-coloured bird of prey attacked by birds of prey on every side! Go, assemble all the wild animals, make them come and dine!
10 Many shepherds have laid my vineyard waste, have trampled over my plot of land, the plot of land which was my joy, reducing my favourite estate to a deserted wilderness.
11 They have made it a waste; wasted, it mourns before me. The whole country has been devastated and no one takes it to heart.
12 The devastators have arrived on all the bare heights of the desert (for Yahweh wields a devouring sword); from one end of the country to the other, there is no peace for any living thing.
13 Wheat they have sown, thorns they reap: they have worn themselves out, to no profit. They are disappointed in their harvests, because of Yahweh’s burning anger.
14 Yahweh says this, ‘As regards all my evil neighbours who have laid hands on the heritage I granted my people Israel, look, I shall uproot them from their soil, (though I shall uproot the House of Judah from among them).
15 But having uprooted them, I shall take pity on them again and bring them back each to its own heritage, each to its own country,
16 and if they carefully learn my people’s ways and swear by my name, “As Yahweh lives”, as they have taught my people to swear by Baal, then they will be re-established among my people.
17 But if any nation refuses to listen, I shall uproot it for ever and destroy it, Yahweh declares.’
1 Yahweh said this to me, ‘Go and buy a linen waistcloth and put it round your waist. But do not dip it in water.’
2 And so, as Yahweh had ordered, I bought a waistcloth and put it round my waist.
3 A second time the word of Yahweh came to me,
4 ‘Take the waistcloth that you have bought and are wearing round your waist. Up, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a hole in the rock.’
5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates as Yahweh had ordered me.
6 A long time later, Yahweh said to me, ‘Up, go to the Euphrates and fetch the waistcloth I ordered you to hide there.’
7 So I went to the Euphrates, and I searched, and I took the waistcloth from the place where I had hidden it. And there was the waistcloth ruined, no use for anything.
8 Then the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
9 ‘Yahweh says this, “In the same way I shall ruin the pride of Judah, the immense pride of Jerusalem.
10 This evil people, these people who refuse to listen to my words, who follow their own stubborn inclinations and run after other gods, serving and worshipping them — this people will become like this waistcloth, no good for anything.
11 For just as a waistcloth clings to a man’s waist, so I made the whole House of Israel and the whole House of Judah cling to me, Yahweh declares, to be my people, my glory, my honour and my pride. But they have not listened.”
12 ‘You will also say this to them, “Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Any jug can be filled with wine.” And if they answer you, “Do you think we do not know that any jug can be filled with wine?”
13 you are to say, “Yahweh says this: Look, I shall fill all the inhabitants of this country, the kings who occupy the throne of David, the priests, the prophets and all the citizens of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
14 Then I shall smash them one against the other, parents and children all together, Yahweh declares. Mercilessly, relentlessly, pitilessly, I shall destroy them.” ‘
15 Listen and pay attention, do not be proud: Yahweh is speaking!
16 Give glory to Yahweh your God before the darkness comes, before your feet stumble on the darkened mountains. You hope for light, but he will turn it to shadow dark as death, will change it to blackness.
17 If you do not listen to this warning, I shall weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and stream with tears, for Yahweh’s flock is being led into captivity.
18 Tell the king and the queen mother, ‘Sit in a lower place, since your glorious crown has fallen from your head.
19 The towns of the Negeb are shut off with no one to give access to them. All Judah has been deported, deported wholesale.’
20 Raise your eyes and look at these now coming from the north. Where is the flock once entrusted to you, the flock which was your pride?
21 What will you say when they come and punish you, you yourself having taught them? Against you, in the lead, will come your friends. Then will not anguish grip you as it grips a woman in labour?
22 And should you ask yourself, ‘Why is all this happening to me?’ it is because of your great guilt that your skirts have been pulled up and you have been manhandled.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? And you, can you do right, being so accustomed to wrong?
24 ‘I shall scatter you like chaff on the desert wind.
25 This is your share, the part allotted you, from me, Yahweh declares, because you have forgotten me and put your trust in Delusion.
26 I am the one who pulls your skirts up over your face to let your shame be seen.
27 Oh! Your adulteries, your shrieks of pleasure, your vile prostitution! On the hills, in the fields, I have seen your Horrors. Jerusalem, disaster is coming for you! How much longer till you are made clean?’
1 He took me to the Hekal and measured its piers: six cubits wide on the one side, six cubits wide on the other.
2 The width of the entrance was ten cubits, and the returns of the entrance were five cubits on the one side and five cubits on the other. He measured its length: forty cubits; and its width: twenty cubits.
3 He then went inside and measured the pier at the entrance: two cubits; then the entrance; six cubits; and the returns of the entrance: seven cubits.
4 He measured its length; twenty cubits; and its width against the Hekal: twenty cubits. He then said to me, ‘This is the Holy of Holies.’
5 He then measured the wall of the Temple: six cubits. The width of the lateral structure was four cubits, all round the Temple.
6 The cells were one above the other in three tiers of thirty cells each. The cells were recessed into the wall, the wall of the structure comprising the cells, all round, forming offsets; but there were no offsets in the wall of the Temple itself.
7 The width of the cells increased, storey by storey, corresponding to the amount taken in from the wall from one storey to the next, all round the Temple.
8 Then I saw that there was a paved terrace all round the Temple. The height of this, which formed the base of the side cells, was one complete rod of six cubits.
9 The outer wall of the side cells was five cubits thick. There was a passage between the cells of the Temple
10 and the rooms, twenty cubits wide, all round the Temple.
11 As a way in to the lateral cells on the passage there was one entrance on the north side and one entrance on the south side. The width of the passage was five cubits right round.
12 The building on the west side of the court was seventy cubits wide, the wall of the building was five cubits thick all round and its length was ninety cubits.
13 He measured the length of the Temple: a hundred cubits.
14 The length of the court plus the building and its walls: a hundred cubits.
15 He measured the length of the building, along the court, at the back, and its galleries on either side: a hundred cubits. The inside of the Hekal and the porches of the court,
16 the thresholds, the windows, the galleries on three sides, facing the threshold, were panelled with wood all round from floor to windows, and the windows were screened with latticework.
17 From the door to the inner part of the Temple, as well as outside, and on the wall all round, both inside and out,
18 were carved great winged creatures and palm trees, one palm tree between two winged creatures; each winged creature had two faces:
19 a human face turned towards the palm tree on one side and the face of a lion towards the palm tree on the other side, throughout the Temple, all round.
20 Winged creatures and palm trees were carved on the wall from the floor to above the entrance.
21 The doorposts of the Temple were square. In front of the sanctuary there was something like
22 a wooden altar, three cubits high and two cubits square. Its corners, base and sides were of wood. He said to me, ‘This is the table in the presence of Yahweh.’
23 The Hekal had double doors and the sanctuary
24 double doors. These doors had two hinged leaves, two leaves for the one door, two leaves for the other.
25 On them (on the doors of the Hekal), were carved great winged creatures and palm trees like those carved on the walls. There was a wooden porch roof on the front of the Ulam on the outside,
26 and windows with flanking palm trees on the sides of the Ulam, the cells to the side of the Temple and the porch-roofs.
1 He then took me out into the outer court on the north side and led me to the room facing the court, that is to say, to the front of the building on the north side.
2 Along the front, it was a hundred cubits long on the north side and fifty cubits wide.
3 Facing the gateways of the inner court and facing the paving of the outer court was a gallery in front of the triple gallery,
4 and in front of the rooms was a walk, ten cubits measured inwards and a hundred cubits long; their doors looked north.
5 The top-floor rooms were narrow because the galleries took up part of the width, being narrower than those on the ground floor or those on the middle floor of the building;
6 these were divided into three storeys and had no columns such as the court had. Hence they were narrower than the ground floor ones or the middle-floor ones (below them).
7 The outer wall parallel to the rooms, facing them and giving onto the outer court, was fifty cubits long,
8 the length of the rooms facing the outer court being fifty cubits, while for those facing the hall of the Temple it was a hundred cubits.
9 Beneath the rooms there was an entrance from the east, leading in from the outer court.
10 In the thickness of the wall of the court, on the south side fronting the court and the building, were rooms.
11 A walk ran in front of them, as with the rooms built on the north side; they were of the same length and breadth, and were of similar design with similar doors in and out.
12 Before the rooms on the south side there was an entrance at the end of each walk, opposite the corresponding wall on the east side, at their entries.
13 He said to me, ‘The northern and southern rooms giving onto the court are the rooms of the sanctuary, in which the priests who approach Yahweh will eat the most holy things. In them will be placed the most holy things: the oblation, the sacrifice for sin sin and the sacrifice of reparation, since this is a holy place.
14 Once the priests have entered, they will not go out of the holy place into the outer court without leaving their liturgical vestmentsthere, since these vestments are holy; they will put on other clothes before going near places assigned to the people.’
15 When he had finished measuring the inside of the Temple, he took me out to the east gate and measured it right round the sides.
16 He measured the east side with his measuring rod: a total of five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
17 He then measured the north side: a total of five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
18 He then measured the south side: five hundred cubits by the measuring rod
19 was the total. On the west side he measured five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
20 He measured the entire enclosing wall on all four sides: length five hundred, breadth five hundred, separating the sacred from the profane.
9 The conduct of the wicked is abhorrent to Yahweh, but he loves the person whose goal is uprightness.
10 Correction is severe for one who leaves the way; whoever hates being reprimanded will die.
11 Sheol and Perdition lie open to Yahweh; how much more the human heart!
12 The mocker does not care to be reprimanded, and will not choose the wise as companions.