Astonishment has taken hold of me – Jeremiah 8:21
Scholars refer to Jeremiah as the weeping prophet because of the grief he felt ministering to backslidden Judah in Old Testament times. He warned the southern kingdom it would suffer famine, foreign conquest, plunder and foreign captivity if it did not repent. The prophet called out his neighbors repeatedly for their sinful behavior, including spiritual adultery and apathy.
The Hebrew rendering for astonishment above means dismay, thing of horror. The prophet laments, “Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth (Jeremiah 7:28).” God scolds the Jews two verses later for bringing idols into the Jerusalem Temple. I wonder what Jeremiah would say about modern-day Christianity, which has strayed from its Hebraic roots. The early church observed the sabbath on Saturday. Constantine, the Roman emperor from 306 to 337, decreed that Christians should worship on Sunday, the venerable day of the sun. At the time of Christ only pagans worshipped on Sunday.
I wonder if Jeremiah would be astonished, too, knowing modern-day Christianity observes Christ’s birth and resurrection on pagan holidays, Christmas (Saturnalia) and Easter (Ishtar).
Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth – Jeremiah 7:28