“I will give their wives to others and their farms to strangers. From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. Yes, even my prophets and priests are like that. They are all frauds.” Jeremiah 8:10
I will give their wives to others, and their fields to those who will inherit them: Because they did not hold the word of God dear, God would take what was dear to the people of Judah and give those things to others. Everyone is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely: Repeating words from Jeremiah 6:13-15, Jeremiah points out that selfish corruption had become so much a part of life in Judah that it could be said that everyone deals falsely and yet they were not at all ashamed. The repetition in these verses as compared to Jeremiah 6:13-15 was not accidental. It was done on purpose, because Judah needed to hear this message, and delivering it one time was simply not enough. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall…they shall be cast down: Because the moral and cultural rot was so deep among the people of Judah, God promised to bring a thorough judgment. Like a grape vine or a fig tree picked clean, God promised, I will surely consume them.
God made promises that He would give us the desires of our heart. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4) God made this promise to Judah. And our nation is promised the same if we will only repent and follow Jesus. God will give us the desires of our heart. I know in my life God has given me so much. He has not always given me everything that I wanted, but He has given me more than I needed. In the years that I have followed God, it has been the greatest adventure. If we don’t follow God, He will take away some of our most loved items. This scripture in Matthew says it all. “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21) This is the key to God giving you the desires of your heart. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)