6So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
This narration of a holy Prophet who was thrown into a pit filled with nothing but muck, is a prime example of the rage by people who were against prophets who faithfully performed the duties that they were committed to. Rather than place him in a dungeon, they lowered him by rags into a cistern. There was no hope for escape, and death was imminent. If you read on, however, you will learn how Jeremiah was rescued.
But my thoughts are reflecting on how the African-American slaves were treated. I’ve read books, and seen enough movies and documentaries to know that they were treated with the same amount of cruelty that the people of God were treated in Jeremiah’s time. This being Black History Month brings back the awareness of the struggles of adversities and highlights the important people and events in the history of the African-American heritage and their accomplishments.
‘Faith’ plays an important part in the struggles of all people. What is it exactly? Hope and love…it is a God-given gift. Jeremiah had it, and all the people who suffered persecution had it. It’s difficult to keep the faith at times, but as believers, faith eventually rises to the surface.
8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record? 9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?