This Sunday Geremia 31:7-9 was read at the Catholic Mass here in Italy.
I decided during the Mass that I will continue reading JEREMIAH during the week. I attend the Jehovah witness (JW) meetings to learn more about the old testament (OT). A friend of mine who does not like JW at all, said, “Why don’t you read the old testament at home? My friend inspired me to find this solution this Sunday. Maybe I will continue next week with a follow up of next Sundays OT reading.
Today I read Jeremiah 52:1-11 in My Italian Bible. Here are parts of the text in English that made me think and react “It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. … Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah. 11 Then he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.”
Jeremiah told probably what in fact historically happened. But Jeremiah also shares his own human view about God. He obviously believed that God allowed this and even sent and helped the Babilonian to do this massacre.
I don’t believe in a God that behaves like stupid and sick humans like e.g. Hitler. As Jesus said according to Matthew matthew/5-38.htm to 41) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.’ If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Jesus shows a vision of a “intelligent and loving God.” War leads to war and God knows that.
I can not believe that Jeremiah was inspired by God or God told Jeremiah this human image of God.
Jonas Gardell wrote a book called “Om Gud” (about God) that is about the perception of God during the OT time and how it developed to the Christian vision of a loving and forgiving God.
I recommend that book to anyone interested like me about God and trying to understand the OT.