Baruch, Faithful and Skilled,
Keeps True Record
Nothing Accomplished (25:1–13)
We are offered a summation. Twenty-three years Jeremiah has devoted to his vertiginous calling. And for all that, the heartache and tears, the words spoken and disregarded and spoken again—still the “system” remains intact. It has its own means and momentum, and stands. To all seeming it yields to no contrary force, human or divine.
More than two decades of this laborious love. To all appearances, our prophet is spectacular only in this: the clamorous unanimity of his rejection.
We pause over the text, taking note of current transpirings. With the toppling of the Berlin Wall and similar events, the “evil empire,” we are told, has been surpassed—by all accounts vanquished by the “virtuous,” ourselves.
But the happy event, much celebrated in political prattle, has brought no relief from the bellicose behavior of the virtuous victors. Those forces formerly intent on (not to say obsessed by) the delicious