Wait until you see what is coming

Jeremiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Jer 12.5–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 11–13 on October 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Jeremiah complained to the Lord about what was going on around him in his hometown. However, the Lord responded:

“If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,
Then how can you contend with horses?
And if in the land of peace,
In which you trusted, they wearied you,
Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?
For even your brothers, the house of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you;
Yes, they have called a multitude after you.
Do not believe them,
Even though they speak smooth words to you.”

– Jeremiah 12.5–6

At home in Anathoth, which was relatively peaceful, Jeremiah had problems. He just had to wait until the Lord sent him to Jerusalem where the leaders, with power to harm him, would fight against him. Then he would see the Babylonian invasion.

The footmen were his fellow townspeople and the horses were the leaders of Jerusalem. His hometown was the land of peace, but Jerusalem would be like the flooded Jordan.

However, the Lord warned Jeremiah not to believe his people although they spoke smooth words to him, because they would all fight him.


  • Do you think you have it bad where you live?
  • What will you think if the Lord moves you to a place that is a lot worse?

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