“You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped” Wow…strong words from the prophet Jeremiah. Duped, tricked, suckered, fooled, hoodwinked. No one likes to be the unwitting tool in another’s hands, the butt of a joke, or play the part of the fool. Not too many people are keen to say they were Bernie Maddoff’s friend. I am sure his investors look back, knowing their money is forever gone, and think, “How could I have been duped like that?” No one likes such moments. Jeremiah doesn’t like it at all and cries out against the circumstances.
God called Jeremiah to be the prophet and Jeremiah answered –twice! No doubt those were heady days – to be so connected to the Lord, called to do his work, and now…. And now. Where was God when I was ridiculed, ignored – when people scorned and laughed at me. Maybe God is weak and I was duped into thinking otherwise. Ok, call me once to be prophet – shame on you. Call me twice – shame on me if I answer. This is why Jeremiah says to himself: “I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more.” This has the passion and the sound of an argument between lovers! Continue reading