It might seem a bit strange that God would forbid Jeremiah to attend funerals or specifically the funeral meal in verse 7. What’s so bad about the Jell-O salads and ham sandwiches with margarine on them? Ok, theirs might have been falafel with chickpea spread, but you get the point. Actually, the funeral meals were times to get drunk and engage in all kinds of inappropriate behavior. The people had gone way off the path God wanted for them and there would be consequences…significant ones.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.