An interactive session between the moderator and the members of Bed Briefing House.
Topic: Divine Seduction (Jeremiah 20:7-10)
Date: 30th August 2020.
Venue: Bed Briefing WhatsApp House.
Moderator: Mr Chijioke Ojiako
Collation: Miss Adaobi Obiekezie, Member of the team “Let’s Talk It App”
Jeremiah complains to the Lord, saying…..
Lord, you have seduced me and I was seduced. You are stronger than I am and you overpowered me. Everyone jeers at me. They mock me all day long…..
Let’s briefly looked at the meaning of SEDUCTION in this context…
The 6th Edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English, ( as modified by the Moderator) defined Seduction as……To persuade, to entice or to make somebody who is younger or have less experience to do something that he/she would not usually agree to do, by making it seem very attractive
Divine Seduction has to do with the situation in which God is the doer of the action.
But before we fall into the Temptation of crucifying Jeremiah, a brief insight maybe necessary
Jeremiah lived during the later part of the 7th century and the 1st part of the 6th century B.C
During his long Ministry, he repeatedly warned God’s people of the impending catastrophe that will befall the nations because of their sins
It came to pass in his days with the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, the Destruction of the City and the Temple, and consequently the Exile to Babylon
He was a sensitive young man who deeply loved the people of God, and hated to have to pronounce judgement upon them
Hence, he spoke with deep emotions about the things he suffered as a Prophet of God
In his fury, as Father Teclus rightly observed, he was moved to Apostasy and Blasphemy because he felt cheated by God
His tender age, coupled with difficulty in speech, gave him more cause for worry
These notwithstanding, God commissioed him saying……..
“Today, I give you Authority over Nations and Kingdoms, to be Uproot and to Pull down, to Destroy and to Overthrow, to Build and To Plant” The Divine Fiat.
However, permit me to say that Jeremiah’s Prophecies were more or less about……
Just like Apostle Paul, he suffered terribly. His life was threatened repeatedly…
His own Brothers and Family Members plotted against him.
Those on who’s behalf he pleaded, turned around to curse and mock him.
He warned them against Pride and Idolatry.
He was Ridiculed and Scorned.
His close friends planned his downfall.
In his anger, he questioned God and demanded Justice,
Just like Job, He Cursed the day he was born And he wished he died in the womb.
On countless occasions, he wished to cease being a prophet, just as Fr. Teclus rightly mentioned, but the more he attempt to quit his vocation, the more he find the Urge to continue his Prophecy Irresistible.
That makes him more helpless.
Lord, you have seduced me and I was seduced. You are stronger than I am, and you have overpowered me….
1-Why did the people of Judah and Jerusalem nurse so much hatred for the Prophet Jeremiah???
It was simply because he preached the truth. He proclaimed every word the way God told him to. But the people didn’t understand it that way, instead, they plotted to kill him..
2- And why would they want him dead?
His prophesy is disturbing(unwanted prophecy) them so in order to make him quiet completely they now want him dead…
3- Was Jeremiah right to question God?
4- At what point in our lives should we question God, in the face of our predicaments as Christians???
I don’t think there is any if we understand that it is the will of God that should always be done in our lives. In the time of Jeremiah Christ has not come to talk about the cross but in our own time Christ has clarified everything to us that whoever wants to follow him must himself and take up the cross and follow him.Christ our model lived by example of the cross and never complained so also should we and also continue asking for the grace and not questioning or complaining to God to befall me*??
5- Did God actually seduce Jeremiah as he claimed?
Partially Because when he called him in the chapter one of his book he never told him the challenges following the prophecies.He never expected what he was passing through because the message was not his but God.
6- In our daily struggles, have we suffered as Christians to the extent of cursing the day we were born?
7- How often do we rise against Maltreatment, Injustice and oppressions in our daily lives as Christians???
8- In what ways do we rebel against God?
a. Not obeying His commandments.
b. When we stat behaving the the people Jeremiah was prophesying to. Doing our own wish and will instead of what God expects from us that is leading christ instead of him leading us.
9- What can we learn from the examples of Prophet Jeremiah?
a. Steadfastness and trust in God.
b In our Christian faith we will encounter people that will mock us, we should always trust God in this situation.
c. Allowing God to use us the way he wishes trusting in his unfailing help.