Some women in Jeremiah

Jeremiah 2:32, 33 NET

Does a young woman forget to put on her jewels?
Does a bride forget to put on her bridal attire?
But my people have forgotten me for more days than can even be counted.
“My, how good you have become at chasing after your lovers!
Why, you could even teach prostitutes a thing or two! (Jeremiah 2:32, 33 NET)

First Jeremiah tries to compare Israel to a bride, which is a real surprise after everything else he’s been saying so far.

The really cool thing is HOW he compares her to a bride.

Does a young woman forget to put on her jewels?

What is the point of her jewels?
To ornament herself,
to make herself beautiful,
to show off her wealth,
or her inheritance,
or her rich lover?

How do you spot a bride coming from a mile away?

Does a bride forget to put on her bridal attire?

By her smile or the marriage license in the groom’s back pocket? NO!
By her dress! The bride’s dress is the SINGLE thing that separates her from all of the other women at the reception. The bridesmaids even wear ugly dresses to showcase the bride¡

If Israel were close to God like she should be, her salvation and redemption would be abundantly clear.

The same thing goes for us today. Think about it! You see Amish people and you KNOW a lot about them. You know about the things they take seriously and the things they do well.

I’m not saying that I’m going to start dressing funky or anything, but it would be nice if we heeded these words from Jeremiah a little bit. God’s people should not be able to teach prostitutes any tricks. We should really run after our solid & true lover – Christ the King!

One of the great attractions to ancient Judaism throughout the world was the fact that their religion had consistency from city to city, and a high moral standard. If you knew a Jew in Rome you’d know how to be consistent with a Jew in Morocco. In a world that was extremely spiritual (or superstitious, whichever you prefer) to the point that every city had it’s own set of gods and it’s own set of religious rules, the structure and consistency of God’s chosen people was a big attraction. When She wore what her Husband had given her, she was beautiful.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, (Colossians 3:12 NET)

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:27 NET)

However you want to look at it, God has adorned us and clothed us in His own greatness. We need to fully clothe ourselves in what He has provided or strip off all of the world’s garbage that we seem to put on over it.

God wants to show you off like a groom loves to show off his bride on their big day.

Let Him!