God describes the Israelites as “stiff-necked” people in Jeremiah 17. He adds –
God is obviously not happy with them
I know God is saying that the Israelites are stubborn when he says “stiff-necked”.
As I’m reading this, I started to think about my own neck. I have compressed disks in my neck so it’s always a little painful and will quickly become very painful and stiff if I do something to aggravate it.
When my neck is stiff, I find that I don’t turn my head very far to the left or right. My sight becomes limited to what’s right in front of me. I don’t see a lot of things around me and have a very small view of the world. As a result, I probably don’t make as good of choices as I would if I was looking around, taking in more information and seeing a more complete picture.
When my neck is stiff, I am also in pain so my patience is short and I’m on edge. It’s hard to focus and my frustration can quickly show.
All of these are negative things. So I think God is not just calling the Israelites stubborn, he is also including all of these other issues that are part of having a ‘stiff-neck’.
No wonder God isn’t happy with them!
Please help me avoid all of the bad behaviors of having a ‘stiff neck’, Abba Father.