It was the final of the US open tennis championship last Saturday: Serena Williams versus Naomi Osaka. A winner of 23 grand slam titles versus a 20 year old yet to win a major title. Serena Williams was a set down when she was given a warning for illegal side-line ‘coaching’, then at 3-2 up in set 2, Williams was given a point penalty for smashing her racket in rage and at 3-4 down she initiated a tirade of abuse at the umpire.

It was sometime in the early 1970s and I was in a chemistry class at Secondary school. We were being taught the wonders of the atom and sub-atomic particles. We were taught that each atom has a nucleus and in that nucleus are protons and neutrons.

In the previous chapter we saw how difficult it was for Jeremiah to cope with the pressure of being God’s spokesman. The message he had to deliver was outrageously difficult and the response he received was not for the faint hearted.

  1. A ruined waistcoat

The England football team returned from the Russia World cup a couple of days ago (as I write in mid July 2018). The team performed better than the most optimistic of optimists! One of the talking points during the tournament was the manager’s waistcoat! He wore it to every game – even in the sultry heat when the team defeated Sweden in Samara. Apparently online sales of M&S waistcoats doubled during the world cup!  Jeremiah was asked by the Lord to wear a linen belt – perhaps if he had been sent to speak to the English people it would have been a waistcoat!

Why?

What’s the worst job you can imagine? Perhaps a task for which success is near impossible, a task that is thankless and likely to end in failure.  I suspect that Theresa May could claim to have been given such a task! Jeremiah had perhaps the worst of all tasks: his people were heading for utter disaster (disaster that makes Brexit look like a walk in the park!)

  1. Why?

There was a plot to kill Jeremiah. Why? Because he had pointed out the error of the ways of the people: judgment was coming from the North. We tend to become a bit immune to the situation in Judah at that time. Yes, yes, we know about the idols, yes, we know it was bad, yeah, yeah, yeah. It seems similar today, we become so accustomed to deeply destructive sinful practices around us that we hardly notice them.