“A horrible thing has taken place in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it? . . . Who can I speak to and give such a warning that they will listen? Look, their ear is uncircumcised, so they cannot pay attention. See, the Word of the Lord has become contemptible to them–they find no pleasure in it.” (Jeremiah 5:30, 6:10 HCSB).
Circumcision, to the Hebrew, was an outward sign of an inward covenant. Without getting unnecessarily graphic, suffice it to say that the process involved cutting away the excess. Other places in Scripture, God insists that–figuratively, of course–the heart be circumcised. Here, in Jeremiah Chapters 5-6, God accuses His people of having uncircumcised ears.
What stirs me most about this passage is the statement toward the end of 5:30, “My people love it like this.” Disregard for God’s Word over time has dulled their ears to such a degree that even if they are able to discern between what is God’s Word and what is not God’s Word, they openly and unashamedly prefer something else: “It has become contemptible to them. They find no pleasure in it.” Rather, they find pleasure in words that have not come from God… so, “they love it like this.”
Just a quick hearing-check today: Are you attentive to the process of cutting away the excess from what you hear? There are millions of outlets on/in your social media page, newspaper, and television programming that communicate many things other than God’s Words; millions of daily words that claim authority, truth, and relevance. What do you “love?” Are you able/willing to “pay attention” to Truth? Are your ears “circumcised?”
May God stir our hearts to fall in love with His Word again.
Grace and Peace, Tony