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And in verse 7, Jeremiah is mad at God! He says "O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. You tricked me!"

(From a sermon by Marc Axelrod, When You Are Mad at God, 10/20/2009)

This reminds me of the guy who was shopping at WalMart. An old lady keeps staring at him. Finally she says "You look so much like my late son. I know it's silly, but if you call out 'Goodbye, Mother' as I leave, it would make me feel so happy."

The guy says "I'll be glad to do it."

The old lady proceeds through the checkout and as she leaves the supermarket, the man calls out "Goodbye Mother."

The old lady waved back, and walked out the door.

He was pleased that God used him to bring happiness to someone else. So he goes to pay for his groceries. The cashier says "That'll be 362 dollars."

The guy says "362 dollars???? Why so much? I only bought a few things!"

The cashier "Yeah, but your mother said you'd pay for her..."

That guy was deceived! He was tricked! That's how Jeremiah feels in chapter 20! God, you tricked me! I preached what you wanted me to preach and now I'm locked up. Verse 8 says "I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. The word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach. I feel like a fool!"

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