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In some sense all the Scripture is about Jesus. Yet here in Jeremiah 11 it's partly about him and partly about us. The enemies gather, plotting evil against God and His people. Though Jesus knew all about that, we don't always know. For this reason, in verse 19, we read, "I did no tknow it was against me they devised schemes…" (ESV).
There's a sort of deadly, deceptive way that those who reject God in Christ would carry on in life. There's a constant suggestion that we make concessions, just little concessions. In recent cultural patterns in my home country, these have included creeping attempts to remove gender roles, then devalue people who recognize more traditional gender roles, then decry as bigoted anybody who thinks gender is some innate part of the created order and not a matter of personal opinion. Likewise, natural marriage with its protections was eroded to have no protections in no-fault divorce, then further eroded as it became a matter based on feeling rather than commitment, then by the move to having feelings of affection toward members of the same sex, and, in some areas, now plural marriage may be gaining acceptance, along with pedophilia and the like.
The plot is against God. It isn't against us. We're simply standing in the way. Jesus stood in the way too. He knew what would happen. It cost him his life. Yet he allowed for the enemy to plot against him, knowing that their plot would ultimately fail. Jesus, the Lord of life, could not be held by death. Jesus, who is able to sustain all things by his grace, cannot be defeated. Though the enemies would rage, their raging comes to nothing.
The confidence in verse 20 is that our cause, committed to Jesus, is going to work out just fine. If our purpose is God's purpose, if our plan is God's plan, and if our trust is in the Lord of all creation, we have nothing to fear. He is able to bring all things to pass according to his good will. He will take vengeance where it is needed.
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