Rev. E. Anderson
DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S PEOPLE
This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.
Throughout this chapter there is an unveiling of the actual state of God’s people. In no uncertain words or terms the messenger of God makes very clear the awful condition that they had sunk to that made judgement inevitable. Each comparison illustrated some particular aspect that described the awful situation that they were in and had arrived at.
1/. THEY WERE LIKE A BAKER’S OVEN – vv4-7
It is a revelation of a burning fire and is indicative of passion and desire. Unfortunately it represents evil lusts and longings and exposes what inflamed their hearts. They were impassioned by carnal appetites that drove them to do abominable things. Insatiable yearnings of an evil character burned within.
2/. THEY WERE LIKE A HALF-BAKED CAKE – v8
Possibly there can be nothing worse to the palate than the partaking of something that is half-done/baked.. This is so in the case of real bread and pastries. Such is good for nothing and is reckoned to be objectionable, not to be tolerated, rejected and is to be spewed out. It gives no satisfaction/delight.
3/. THEY WERE LIKE A GREYING HEAD – v9
The greying hair is symptomatic of old age, deterioration and weakness. It speaks of the loss of the vitals of life and is a forerunner of the end. The first grey hair is usually pulled out because it is a sign of decadence and a pointer to the fact that one is on the way out.
4/. THEY WERE LIKE A SENSELESS DOVE – vv11,12
The description is ‘ a witless dove’ and signifies a bird that lacks sense. It is in a state of confusion and conflict and is chasing around looking for help everywhere. It does not know where to go or who to turn to. There is no prevailing knowledge, faith and peace and as it is at panic stations.
5/. THEY WERE LIKE A CROOKED BOW – v16
This piece of weaponry lacks the ability to give direction. The archer would place the arrow in the bow but was absolutely sure that it would veer off in flight and not hit the target. It would not achieve purpose or destiny. It did not serve the end for which it had been made. There was a failure to fulfil and so it was really useless in spite of the archer’s skill.
When all these images are put together it can be truly noted how bad God’s people were. They unveil in their full view the terrible plight of God’s elect and make it apparent that there is no alternative but rejection and judgement. It is a needful exercise to consider whether these signs are existent in the Church of today and also pondered at a personal level. They can help in assessing where we fit in our relationship with God and His true judgement on us.