Pride: a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements
In Jeremiah 10-16, this is Israel’s problem. They viewed their successes as a result of their own actions instead of as the hand of God upon them. Because of their pride, they refused to listen to God. And, they made idols – gods that they could control and make to their own liking. God said, “For I solemnly warned your fathers when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, ‘Obey my voice.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of his evil heart.”
But, within Jeremiah’s calling out Israel’s pride, are his words that sound a lot like Jesus.
“Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is grievous. But I said, ‘Truly this is an affliction, and I must bear it.’ My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken; my children have gone from me, and they are not; there is no one to spread my tent again and to set up my curtains.”
“The Lord made it known to me and I knew; then you showed me their deeds. But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I did not know it was against me they devised schemes, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.’”
“O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”
Praise God that as Jeremiah was speaking truth in the midst of Israel’s pride and apostasy we have Jesus speaking to us.