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BOOK OF JEREMIAH

CHAPTER 1:1-19

Jer1:1The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.

ANATHOTH
(an'-a-thoth) (`anathoth; Anathoth): A town which lay between Michmash and Jerusalem <Isa , in the territory of Benjamin, assigned to the Levites <Josh . It was the native place of Abiathar <1 Kin , and of the prophet Jer (<Jer 1:1; 11:21> ff,  (from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database Copyright (C) 1996 by Biblesoft)

Jer1:2The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah,
3and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.

Possibly Jeremiah gathered all his prophesies together.  The prophesies do not appear to be in chronological order. God does not give His word in the order we know as chronological. I have noted in many places where several  prophets were given prophesies whose fulfillment was separated by hundreds and sometimes thousands years. Of course the Lord God directed the order of the prophesies to be arranged in this order.

Jer1:4The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
6"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
7But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.

What God tells us about Jeremiah being known before God formed him in the womb is true of every human being.  There was an appointment given to Jeremiah in his very genes.

Jeremiah was young? The people of that age respected their elders. It is possible that Jeremiah was at least old enough to have become a full priest.  That Age is 30 years old.  This is the age at which Jesus began His Public Ministry.

In our day and age some consider themselves ancient and "over the Hill" at 30. Then a 30 year old man was considered but a child by the elders of the community.

God gave Jeremiah a firm anointing. YOU MUST go to everyone I send you. You are to say whatever I command you.

Do not be afraid of them. God promised His protection.

 

Jer1:9Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.
10See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."

At times God would give a book to a Prophet to eat this somehow giving them prophetic knowledge. Here God touched the Prophet's mouth filling his being with the messages the Lord wanted delivered.

What a powerful ministry Jeremiah was given. He was to uproot Kingdoms, and with the same powers to build and plant where God wanted this to happen.

Jer1:11The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied.
12The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."


Almond tree - literally, the wakeful tree [shaaqeed, from shaaqad
, to awake], because it awakes from the sleep of winter earlier than the other trees, flowering in January and bearing fruit in March; symbol of God's early execution of its purpose, Jer 1:12 "I will hasten my word to perform it" (cf. Amos 8:2).
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
 

God is saying that He is awake and watching. Let no one believe that The Lord God does not know what is going on upon this earth.

Jer1:13The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?" "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered.
14The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.
15I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah.
16I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.
17"Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

There is in the mid-east what is called the Fertile-Crescent this is a non-desert crescent. When Abraham left Ur of the Chaldea he traveled the Fertile-Crescent. You could not move cattle and sheep straight across from Babylon to Judah. No water or forage for them. When the armies of Babylon came against Judah they came from the north around the desert.

The Babylonian armies were the armies that God was going to bring against Jerusalem and Judah.

Jeremiah was cautioned by God not to be terrified by the rulers of Judah or God would terrify him before these rulers. Stand up and be my man, is what it appears God is telling the Prophet certainly a man of God.

Jer1:18Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land-- against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.
19They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. (NIV)

God continues to encourage Jeremiah.  The wickedness of the kings and priests is certainly enough to make any prophet shudder The people also were as wicked as their leaders.  No one wanted to hear what God had to say about their life styles. Today it is the same in America.

Jer 2:1-37

Jer2:1The word of the LORD came to me:
2"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: "'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.
3Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,'" declares the LORD.

God reminded the people from where they were totally His people and how He protected them. How He furnished their every need.  

Jer2:4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, all you clans of the house of Israel.
5This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.
6They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?'

What fault did they find in God that they left Him for Idols? There was no questioning about where the Lord was, they knew The Lord was with them but their sinful hearts lusted after wealth, power and sex.  The Heathen gods made no demands on them they could sin as much as their hearts desired without rebuke.

Jer1:7I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.
8The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.
9"Therefore I bring charges against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.

The Lord gave them a land flowing with milk and honey. The whole nation turned away from Him. The priest of the Temple, the scribes and lawyers all ignored God Almighty.  The Prophets followed the God of sex Baal, prophesying in the name of Baal.

God is bringing charges against them. Not only them but their children's children.  This means that what is going to happen to them will last for generations.

Jer2:10Cross over to the coasts of Kittim and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:
11Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.
12Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.

Go over to the islands far away Kittim, lands far to the west, go down to Kedar deep in the Arabian desert. None of them have ever left their gods who are not really gods at all.  Be overcome with and consternation. Shudder with great horror for God's Judgment is on its way.

Jer2:13"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
14Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
15Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted.
16Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have shaved the crown of your head.
17Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God when he led you in the way?

Look at the disasters that have made slaves of you. Towns burned land laid waste crops destroyed and stolen. Egyptians have enslaved many, all this because of forsaking the Lord.

Jer2:18Now why go to Egypt to drink water from the Shihor? And why go to Assyria to drink water from the River?
19Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

Quite a group of questions the answer to them is a big NO.  Why are they going, because of their wickedness. I do not think their wickedness was any greater than the wickedness of the United States.  We also are a nation founded upon the Bible.  We were a people of God. Now our wickedness is much like the people of Judah.

Since God is the same today as He always was will The Lord God withhold punishment from us any more that He did In Jeremiah's time?  The answer must be a big NO.

Notice the bitterness of Judah's condition. Ours is rapidly going that way.

Jer2:20"Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, 'I will not serve you!' Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute.

What a picture. Under the spreading trees on every hill, these went for help or maybe just plain sex for that was the purpose of those groves upon the hills.

Jer2:21I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?
22Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.

God planted Judah in a wonderful country and cared for them.  They turned from Him and became a vile people.  What could have made them to that?  Their sinful lust for sex.  God says, up must not commit adultery. They looked around at the Heathen peoples around them and said it they can do it so can I. Many of them felt dirty because of their sin. They tried very hard to wash and wipe away the dirt but it was too deep. It had made filthy their souls.

Peer group pressure is nothing more that an excuse for doing what is in your heart to do.

Jer2:23"How can you say, 'I am not defiled; I have not run after the Baals'? See how you behaved in the valley; consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running here and there, 24a wild donkey accustomed to the desert, sniffing the wind in her craving-- in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her.

God's description of them comparing them to a wild She-camel in heat was very appropriate. These wild animals have no morals how could they?  A man has a mind and moral sense. They were acting like a beast in the field just as a great part of the people of America are doing.

Jer2:25Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, 'It's no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'
26"As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets.

Their love of foreign gods was not love of them but love of the sinful life they promoted. They had sunk so low that most of them could not feel or realize the disgrace their way of life had brought them to. The whole nation had brought disgrace upon themselves.

Jer2:27They say to wood, 'You are my father,' and to stone, 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, 'Come and save us!

Such stupidity is beyond my comprehension. A person would have to be immersed in self-delusion to even pretend to believe such nonsense. But that was where they were. Of course when trouble came they called upon God to help them. Trouble appears to be a great delusion breaker. But their sin had separated them from God and any help.

Jer2:28Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah. 29"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me," declares the LORD.

God is in the business of taking care of His faithful children. He is not in the business of taking care of the devil's children. When you rebel against God and His commandments. Call upon your false god and you will find out that the false god is really Satan and he (Satan) will come to rejoice in your trouble. After all he is the one who brought it to you.

You want God's help? Then go to Him in repentance and faith an you will find The Lord God is not far from you but at your side.

Jer2:30"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.
31"You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD: "Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?
32Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number.
33How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.

Punishment did no good the Lord said they killed the Prophets sent to them.

God ask the people if he had been like a barren desert to them and not a supplier of good. Or instead of granting knowledge had He been a source of darkness?  Humans do not forget the things they cherish so it is obvious they did not cherish The Lord their God.

God said that their evil ways were so bad the even the worst of women could learn more evil from them. The implication is that the lowest whore could learn from their evil ways.
 

Jer2:34On your clothes men find the lifeblood of the innocent poor (2 Kings 21:16; Ps 106:38) , though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this 35you say, 'I am innocent; he is not angry with me.' But I will pass judgment on you because you say, 'I have not sinned.' 36Why do you go about so much, changing your ways? You will be disappointed by Egypt as you were by Assyria. 37You will also leave that place with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not be helped by them. (NIV)

They had killed Prophets sent to them and squeezed the very life out  of the poor. Manasseh filled Jerusalem from end to end with the blood of innocents. This wicked one had the same evil heart the population as a whole had. They had lied cheated and more. They were making alliances with the Assyrians and the Egyptians. There was going to be much sorrow because of these alliances. 

Jer 3:1-25

Jer3:1"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers-- would you now return to me?" declares the LORD.
2"Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers, sat like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.

There was no place where they had not committed physical adultery and spiritual adultery. They were totally filthy and wanted God to help from their enemies but wanted to remain in their same filthy sinful condition. Following the false Gods of the land.

Jer3:3Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame.
4Have you not just called to me: 'My Father, my friend from my youth,
5will you always be angry? Will your wrath continue forever?' This is how you talk, but you do all the evil you can."

Payday some day. Now was their time. Showers had not come. The spring rains had failed. No repentance came. They tried to cozy up to the Lord verbally but their hearts were far from Him. Will you always be angry they cried, will your wrath continue forever? But evil continued unabated in their lives. 

God speaks during the reign of King Josiah

Jer3:6During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there.

This was both spiritual and physical adultery. Judah was watching what the sinful northern ten tribes were doing. Israel was sent away into captivity because of her filthy sins. Now Judah was not only following in Israel's footsteps but doing even worse.

Jer3:7I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it.
8I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.
9Because Israel's immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.
10In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense," declares the LORD.

God hates hypocrites.  This was what Judah was.  She returned to the lord with her mouth but continued in the same sins that had caused God to divorce Israel. She did not care what happened nor considered that God would do the same for her.

Jer3:11The LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.
12Go, proclaim this message toward the north: "'Return, faithless Israel,' declares the LORD, 'I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,' declares the LORD, 'I will not be angry forever.

This was a message for the very distant future. Our present. Faithless Israel would in endtimes return for God would not be angry forever.  His anger with Israel lasted many hundreds of years. The time of gathering has well begun. Why did It last more than two thousand years?  God sets requirements, and these were not met by Israel.

Jer3:13Only acknowledge your guilt-- you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,'" declares the LORD.
14"Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you-- one from a town and two from a clan-- and bring you to Zion.

Israel was long in not acknowledging their guilt. Notice that not all would return. 1 person from a family and 2 people from a clan. He will bring them to Zion and no power on earth can change that pledge of God.

Jer3:15Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.
16In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, "men will no longer say, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.
17At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.
18In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.

Though many of Israel have been returning the fulfillment of this Prophesy has not yet be fulfilled. This is a prophesy of the Millennial reign of Christ Jesus. In the book of Revelation The Ark of the covenant is seen in heaven. It is no longer needed on earth for the King of Kings will dwell in Jerusalem and the separation of man and God will be ended.

Jer3:19"I myself said, "'How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.' I thought you would call me 'Father' and not turn away from following me.

God's great desire is for His people Israel to repent and return to God as Lord and king of their lives. God's goodness was not enough they wanted freedom for doing just what they wanted and that was contrary to the revealed will of God.

Jer3:20But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you have been unfaithful to me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.
21A cry is heard on the barren heights, the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel, because they have perverted their ways and have forgotten the LORD their God.

This cry upon the barren heights, this weeping and pleading of the people of Israel is to idols not to the God of Heaven.

Jer3:22"Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding." "Yes, we will come to you, for you are the LORD our God.

23Surely the [idolatrous] commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.

24From our youth shameful gods have consumed the fruits of our fathers' labor-- their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters.
25Let us lie down in our shame, and let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned against the LORD our God, both we and our fathers; from our youth till this day we have not obeyed the LORD our God." (NIV)

The Prophet is overcome with the shame of his people. It is hard for him to believe that this could really be going on. Let us lie down in our shame and let our disgrace cover us.  What a cry of desolation.  The Idolatrous commotion on the hills is futile. No help can come! Only the Lord God Jehovah has the power to help. No one calls upon Him in repentance and faith.

Jer 4:1-31

Jer4:1"If you will return, O Israel, return to me," declares the LORD. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,
2and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."

This is a call to repentance.  This call rings down through the centuries to us.  We also are called to repentance as Israel was and still is.  Let us not neglect it as they did and have the same destruction poured out on us as was poured out upon Judah for Judah refused to repent.

Jer4:3This is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.

Break up your fallow ground.  Fallow ground is ground not plowed. There is weeds and briars, small trees, some grass all unwanted by a farmer.  God says that the heart of His people is full of much unwanted sin and pollution.

A farmer sowing among thorns will not grow a good crop. An individual or a nation will not survive without making The God of Heaven their God. Nations have come and gone. Rome died from internal corruption. Israel died from internal corruption. The United States may well be in the later stages of death as a nation because of internal corruption. A great example is the actions and corruption of our federal Government.

Jer4:4Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it.

We understand about physical circumcision of the physical body. But God says the heart has a foreskin or cover. One that is full of all the dirt and filth of the world.

Get your heart cleaned up God says or His wrath will break out and burn like fire.  You will not put that fire out. This spiritual foreskin causes a heart to be like a stone when approached by the Holy God Jehovah.

Note: Heb13:8"God is the same yesterday today and forever"

This world is "Just as it was in the days of Noah" Homosexual activity, murder, rape, demon, worship, Men worshiping themselves as gods. This list is just a starter, pornographic production that is spread around the world and even into school rooms of the US.

Jer4:5"Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!'
6Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction."
7A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant.

The trumpet was blown to warn of an enemy coming. The trumpet is an attention getter.  God wants the full attention of Judah. Get to the fortified cities. A lion a great and powerful enemy is on the march. God is bringing him. Why? Because of the sinful uncircumcised hearts of His people.  Punishment for sin will not always wait till a person has left this life.  Sin brings punishment in many ways. But God says sin will be punished

Jer4:8So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned away from us. 9"In that day," declares the LORD, "the king and the officials will lose heart, the priests will be horrified, and the prophets will be appalled."

This is a bleak picture.  The Lord has spoken through His prophet.  When the Lord declares something it is written in stone so to speak. Nothing or nobody can change it.  God knew the Jews would not repent so disaster was sure and certain. The false prophets of Judah will really be more than appalled they will be slaves of Babylon.

Jer4:10Then I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, 'You will have peace,' when the sword is at our throats."

The false prophets have preached peace and plenty.  Of course even false prophets can be commanded by God. God does not force preachers to preach the truth but woe to those who do not. The people liked the message of the false prophets and rejected God's true prophets. Jeremiah laments that God allowed the false prophets to preach their falsehoods.

Jer4:11At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, "A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse;
12a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them."

God declares what will happen because of their unbelief.  For their willingness to follow the false prophets and continue in their idolatry.

Jer4:13Look! He advances like the clouds, his chariots come like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! We are ruined!
14O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? 15A voice is announcing from Dan, proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim. 16"Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah. 17They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me,'" declares the LORD. 18"Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!"

An advancing army would first be detected by Dan the northern most city of Israel. Word would move south ahead of the Babylonian army. A vast army and unstoppable in that day except by God. But God was ordering this army though. Nebuchadnezzar may or may not have known it.

Jer4:19Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.
20Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment. 21How long must I see the battle standard and hear the sound of the trumpet? 22"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."

God's heart is broken. His heart is in anguish for His people Israel and Judah.  He sees down through the years and sees the devastation of the land and people. He already hears the wild trumpet blowing, sees the battle flags waving over the advancing army. Could God stop this. Yes and No. For sin must be punished and God's protection is only for His faithful people. Should they repent and turn back to Him then He could forgive their sins and be a strong defense against their enemies. 

Jer4:23I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.
24I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.
25I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.
26I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.
27This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely.
28Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back."
29At the sound of horsemen and archers every town takes to flight. Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks. All the towns are deserted; no one lives in them.

The prophet has his visions of the devastation coming. This is a scene of total devastation. No building that has not been destroyed no field that has crops growing in it. No people or farm animals nothing except desolation.

He sees the same ungodly eye paint of the Idol worshipers. The same draping of expensive Jewelry, the same strutting of the wealthy. There will be no change in this wicked people.

I cry for my people. God's judgment is coming and like The Lord God and Jeremiah, I also am a voice crying in this wilderness of sin in this present age.

Jer4:30What are you doing, O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint? You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.
31I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers." (NIV)

Jeremiah your pain is my pain. It is the pain of all who seek God's will. The world goes merrily on it way with all their frivolous customs an pretenses. Ignoring the important things of the soul is mans greatest occupation. God counts little or nothing to most of this world. That will change one of these days much to the distress and anguish of this world's people.

 This wicked world will not repent even when the full wrath of God is poured out in these end times. Jesus has told of the tribulation greater than any other.  This is God's wrath brought upon the whole of this wicked earth.

Jer 5:1-31
 

Jer5:1"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.
2Although they say, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' still they are swearing falsely."

The term, "As surely as the lord lives" Was originally a sacred oath and any hearing it was assured that the transaction would be carried out as promised. Now at that time it meant nothing. To swear falsely in the Name of The Lord carries a frightful penalty.

What a shame. Not one honest person. They will sware an oath, "As surely as the Lord lives" but they lie. He who swears such and oath and breaks it is condemned by God.  They dishonor His name in their sin.

Jer5:3O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.
4I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.
5So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God." But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.
6Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.

The prophet cries to the lord. Don't your eyes look for truth? Of course The Lord does, but He found none, rich or poor, peasant or king or governor all are alike.. Jeremiah determined to go the leaders.  These people were not uneducated as was the common man. These leaders were the worst of the lot. Their opportunity for sin of all kinds, murder, rape, enforced slavery and much more.

  The lion and wolf of evil empires are coming for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.

Jer5:7"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.
8They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.
9Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?
10"Go through her vineyards and ravage them, but do not destroy them completely. Strip off her branches, for these people do not belong to the LORD.
11The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me," declares the LORD.

Jesus said, "I am the true vine" The vine that was being stripped was the vine of Israel, the true vine. God's true vine was being stripped of the rotten fruit of Judah. This is and eternal message. When stripped from God's vine there is only one place for that soul.

Jer5:12They have lied about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.
13The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."

The Prophets of Judah speaking in temple were not sent by God. The Lord calls them "wind" Wind carries no word of truth. Only a true messenger anointed by God is able to declare God's message.

This is God's statement concerning Israel and Judah. Why should I forgive you? Only repentance would God accept as a reason for forgiveness. Below The Lord God strongly tells them the consequences their sin will bring upon them.

Jer5:14Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.
15O house of Israel," declares the LORD, "I am bringing a distant nation against you-- an ancient and enduring nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you do not understand.
16Their quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
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They will devour your harvests and food, devour your sons and daughters; they will devour your flocks and herds, devour your vines and fig trees. With the sword they will destroy the fortified cities in which you trust.

The die is cast there will be no change from the coming destruction and the food supply will greatly diminish before the enemy comes. A large army in those days lived mostly off the land. They usually left it barren. What they did not eat they used for fuel for their food fires and for heat when it was chilly or cold.

Quivers like and open grave! These soldiers were very well trained in the use of the bow and arrows.  Most of them probably started training as children. Devouring their sons and daughters many by war and slavery, women as prostitutes maybe even wives certainly as slaves.

Jer5:18"Yet even in those days," declares the LORD, "I will not destroy you completely.

God is not through with His people Jacob. The Almighty's plans reach down through the years, When He would restore the people preparing the way for the coming Messiah. A remnant was necessary for His plan of redemption to be carried out through Christ Jesus.

Jer5:19And when the people ask, 'Why has the LORD our God done all this to us?' you will tell them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.'
20"Announce this to the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:
21Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
22Should you not fear me?" declares the LORD. "Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.
23But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.

This people will one day wake up and know that God has done these things to them. In their blindness they cannot see that they have brought this upon themselves any more than America can see that the Judgment of God is coming on them and is even now at our door. America for the most part does not fear God any more than the people of Judah feared  God in their time.  Judah and Israel learned the hard way. It seems certain The United States will learn in the same hard way.

Jer5:24They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'

Their normal rains had not been normal or regular for some time.  God had sent droughts to their land but this did not bring them to fear God or come back to The Lord. It is interesting that in that arid land there is not much rain and snow.  The sea of Galilee is rising once more. God is once again today taking care of Israel.

Jer5:25Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.
26"Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men.
27Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful
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and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.

Sin always derives us of Good. Even among Christian churches today there are those who steal, lie, commit adultery, and those God has given up to a reprobate mind. These are just a few things that are going on in our Churches and throughout the land.  The filth is consuming this great land. A land originally dedicated to God by our forefathers has cast out the God of the Bible and accepted Idols who are called God by many peoples.

These are serious charges The Lord God brings against the people of Judah. These same judgments can be expected by any nation whose wickedness is gross.

Jer5:29Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?
30"A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
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The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end? (NIV)

The people of Judah had been the recipients of God's goodness. Now the time has come to avenge the sins and wrongs of this nation. Their Prophets prophesied lies as do many preachers on television to just to gain money and popularity.

God calls this horrible and shocking, in Jeremiah's time and in our time.


Jer 6:1-30
 

Jer6:1"Flee for safety, people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa! Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem! For disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.

The prophets message from God was for the Prophet's people Benjamin to flee.  Get away from Jerusalem. It appears that the people of Benjamin were not guilty of the same level of wickedness as Judah. Jerusalem will be a rat hole trap when the Babylonian Army arrives. Death by Famine and plague then for those who survive death and or slavery when the Babylonians capture the city.

Jer6:2I will destroy the Daughter of Zion, so beautiful and delicate.
3Shepherds (generals) with their flocks (armies) will come against her; they will pitch their tents around her, each tending his own portion."
4"Prepare for battle against her! Arise, let us attack at noon! But, alas, the daylight is fading, and the shadows of evening grow long.
5So arise, let us attack at night and destroy her fortresses!"
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This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Cut down the trees and build siege ramps against Jerusalem. This city must be punished; it is filled with oppression.

These activities were the typical ones that armies of that day did. God is giving them ample warning. But who among them will listen? There were many who were violently apposed to the message God sent by His prophet. You can't get at God so get His true Prophet.

Jer6:7As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me. 8Take warning, O Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it."
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This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Let them glean the remnant of Israel as thoroughly as a vine; pass your hand over the branches again, like one gathering grapes."

People steeped in violence and sin appear to have lost their hearing when God speaks.  The false prophets were much more pleasant to listen to. They preached peace and prosperity. Their prosperity doctrine was very persuasive. God once again calls attention the vine of Israel. The Babylonians will glean from Israel the remnant of Israel and preserve them for God. The rest are doomed to destruction.

Jer6:10To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

If one has no pleasure in the word of the Lord and refuses to heed the Lord's admonitions, there is no more dangerous ground anyone can walk.  Those persons are staring hell in the face but also much sickness and privation on this earth.

The Judgment of God was coming down upon them and all most could think of was how much they hated the messenger.

Jer6:11But I am full of the wrath of the LORD, and I cannot hold it in. "Pour it out on the children in the street and on the young men gathered together; both husband and wife will be caught in it, and the old, those weighed down with years.
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Their houses will be turned over to others, together with their fields and their wives, when I stretch out my hand against those who live in the land," declares the LORD.

God was full of Wrath, it had to be implemented. Wickedness brings destruction upon whole families and the nations in which they live.  These people are bringing devastation upon themselves and are too blind to see it coming. 

Self imposed blindness is the very worst kind.

Jer6:13"From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
14They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.
15Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them," says the LORD.

Those who are supposed to be the spiritual leaders are

 greedy for gain.

Greed is covetousness. It is a form of idolatry.  It corrupts the soul. These men were the most guilty. He that has great responsibility can have great reward from the Lord God.  They are also held by God to a higher standard. So a greater punishment awaited these greedy fools.

They knew no shame.  They evidently were much like many preachers of our day.  Money, money, money is all you hear.  I am not speaking about tithing these are as the Priests and Preachers Prophets of that day. 

Priests and Prophets believe they have a special protection from God. Indeed this is so, but only if they are living and really serving God.  God promised them that they would fall among the fallen.  Any special protection they might have had was long gone.

Jer6:16This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'

The people of Judah had come to a crossroad in their history. The Lord God tells them to ask for the ancient paths.  What were these ancient paths?  They were the pathway of righteousness that the law of God showed them.  But they said that they would not  walk in it.

Jer6:17I appointed watchmen over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But you said, 'We will not listen.'
18Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses, what will happen to them.
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Hear, O earth: I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law.

The Lord God Almighty calls nations actually of the world for He is declaring what He is about to do to a faithless people who have rejected righteousness and the God of Righteousness.

Jer6:20What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me."

Why did the sweet smells coming up from the alter not please Him? For the smell is mixed with the lies, thievery, blood of those murdered, adultery, and all manner of wickedness.  This mixture is a very foul smell in the Lord's nostrils.  

Jer6:21Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles before this people. Fathers and sons alike will stumble over them; neighbors and friends will perish."

The Lord does not say what kind of obstacles He will put before this people but they were probably something that caused serious problems in their lives. Sometimes problems in our lives cause us to turn to God for help.  This did not appear to do anything for these stiff-necked Jews.

Jer6:22This is what the LORD says: "Look, an army is coming from the land of the north; a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth. 23They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Zion."

24We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.
25Do not go out to the fields or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side. 26
O my people, put on sackcloth and roll in ashes; mourn with bitter wailing as for an only son, for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us.

This is not the first time God has warned them of this vast army. When they bother to think of them their hands feel like there is no strength in their arms. The information has come concerning the Babylonian army that overruns every nation they come against. But after all, they say, the prophets we trust and like say the Lord will keep them from us.

Jer6:27"I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.
28They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly.
29The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out.
30They are called rejected silver, because the LORD has rejected them."
(NIV)

God uses an illustration from the smithy. Those who work with metals know that some of them are hard to work with because of pollutants within the metal.  Many times Metals become unusable for the purpose they were obtained for.  These polluted people were like that. God had formed a clean nation. That people had polluted the land and themselves.


Jer 7:1-34

Jer7:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
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"Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message: "'Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD.

God gives Jeremiah a specific assignment. Jeremiah was to declare his words were the word of the Lord in the gates of the Temple.

Jer7:3This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.
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Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"

"The temple of the Lord." Why would they repeat this phrase?  They were taught that this place could never be destroyed and It gave them sanctuary because of God's presence protecting them.  What God wanted was for them to clean up their lives and live by His Law. Notice the changes the Lord wanted in their hearts and lives. There would be no Temple. The protection of the Temple would only be theirs if they repented and came back to the law of God.

Jer7:5If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. 8But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. 9"'Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-- safe to do all these detestable things? 11Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.

They had made it a den of robbers as would the Priests and scribes of Jesus' time do.  God wants clean lives not filled with all manner of wickedness and then coming to Church the temple feeling that their attending was all that mattered not how they lived. God promised them again and again that if they would return to Him with all their hearts they would not go into captivity. They would not listen to the truth.

Jer7:12"'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. 15I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'
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"So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.

The Lord speaks, God to the first place your fathers worshiped me. This place had been destroyed. Those who trusted in the temple building to keep them save had better learn from the nation's history.

God declares that as He withdrew His protection in the time of the Judges and King Saul. Letting the surrounding enemies conquer them and what He allowed the Assyrians to do to Israel that now the same kind of thing will be done to them.  The time for pleading is past.  They would plead when the enemy came, but would plead with filthy hearts and blood stained hands.

Jer7:17Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger.
19But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?
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"'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched.

The whole family was involved in the worship of the Queen of Heaven. God was provoked not only with what they were doing but with what they were doing with and to their children.  This filthy worship was an abomination to God Almighty. This whole land and all within was cursed of God. It will burn and not be quenched. That is drought and pestilence will destroy the whole land.


QUEEN OF HEAVEN

A fertility goddess to whom the Israelites, especially the women, offered sacrifice and worship in the days before the fall of the southern kingdom of Judah <Jer. 7:18; Jer 44:17&19 to 25 >. In the time of Jeremiah, many people in Jerusalem and other cities of Judah worshiped the queen of heaven. Their worship included burning incense and pouring out drink offerings to her <Jer. . This was obviously a form of idolatry, but it is not clear exactly which pagan god was worshiped.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

 

Jer7:21"'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! 22For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.

The burnt sacrifice was to be totally burnt to ashes.  They were doing in the temple as the Heathern  people worshiped their God's eating what was offered.

God's promise came with a qualification. It was: Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.

They were ignoring that part of the word of God. Many today pick and choose what they will obey of God's word.

Jer7:24But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. 26But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their forefathers.' 27"When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. 28Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips. 29Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under his wrath.
30"'The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols in the house that bears my Name and have defiled it.31They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire-- something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind. 32So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 33Then the carcasses of this people will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 34I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate.
(NIV)

This casting off of His people by the Lord was a solemn time for
God has always loved His people so now was the time for God to show "tough-love" a time for the ending of the cycle of evil that had engulfed them.

God had eternal plans for His people but to accomplish them God had to send this generation in captivity so that if would be recorded that the Lord God wants more than lip service but a broken and a contrite heart he will not despise. (see: Ps 51:17)


Jer 8:1-22

Jer8:1"'At that time, declares the LORD, the bones of the kings and officials of Judah, the bones of the priests and prophets, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves.
2They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.

The Babylonians were going to desecrate the graves searching for the rich jewels and gold things that were buried with the dead. The grave sites were all marked so the Babylonian soldiers would have no trouble finding them. Also it may be in addition, that it was to show total contempt for the Jews.

Jer8:3Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.' 4"Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: "'When men fall down, do they not get up? When a man turns away, does he not return? 5Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.
6I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.

The captivity will be very harsh.  Most or all of the first generation of captives will be slaves. Death will be a welcome happening for all of the survivors of the final captivity.

God who knows everything still has trouble understanding the illogical unrepentant attitude of the people of Jerusalem.  They lie they do wicked things, steal, commit adultery and much more. Then they do not have anything to repent of?  "What have I done?" They were a weird bunch.  No understanding of spiritual things.  Of course this present world is chocked full of others just like them.

Jer8:7Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.
8"'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?
9The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the word of the LORD, what kind of wisdom do they have?

God has set down laws that govern mankind and the animals of the field and sky.  The birds know when to fly because of the physical mechanisms God gave them in Creation and they follow them.  Man on the other hand was given a nature that craved God.  This nature was corrupted by the people of Judah so that this natural impulse was satisfied by their following of Idols that made no moral demands upon them.

Those who think themselves wise know nothing as they should. This ignorance upon their part will being them to shame and the consequences of their rejection of The Lord God.

Jer8:10Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
11They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. "Peace, peace," they say, when there is no peace.

I am continually amazed at the virtually one to one correspondence with America of our day. Geed is the main motive of Americans. Prophets, priests and preachers. Deceive with prosperity doctrine used to milk needy people of money in hopes of bribing God to send them much more. The pulpits are filled with those, who, God's word says, have been given up by God because of their sinful ways.

Jer8:12Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD.

No one seems to ever feel shame in our day.  Men and women openly live together out of wedlock. They murder their unborn children seemingly not understanding that in God's sight they stand condemned. They steal and if caught, well that is just part of the game of Greed.

That their punishment by God is already on His docket and only the blood of Christ can remove or cover the charges. The punishment for unforgiving sin the an eternity in Hell.

Jer8"13"'I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them.'"
14"Why are we sitting here? Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities and perish there! For the LORD our God has doomed us to perish and given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against him.
15We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.

My heart aches for the people of America.  Famine came to Judah in Jeremiah's time and is soon going to hit not only America but the whole world. America is going join this world wide famine. Woe be into those who reject the salvation of Jehovah God.

 Food prices are going up steadily even today (Feb 2011).  Many are feeling a great strain just to stay within their food budgets. In many parts of the world people are spending up to 50% of their income for food just to keep alive.  When the kind of inflation hits us of the kind in Germany when Hitler took over we will know that our sins have arrived at a payday.  Judah had this kind of payday before the Armies of Babylon came for the final payday.

Jer8:16The snorting of the enemy's horses is heard from Dan; at the neighing of their stallions the whole land trembles. They have come to devour the land and everything in it, the city and all who live there."
17"See, I will send venomous snakes among you, vipers that cannot be charmed, and they will bite you," declares the LORD.

The prophet hears the future snorts of the Enemies horses. The devourers have come in his vision.  He sees the devouring of the land and everything in it.  He sees among them people who act as venomous snakes. Vile people taking advantage of the upset to do atrocious things.  No one is safe inside the city or out in the field.

Jer8:18O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
19Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?" "Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?"
20"The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved."

Who is Jeremiah's comforter? There is no one to comfort him but himself. He opens his mouth and the Word of God flows out. Is the Lord God not in Zion to help if they will call?  Is her King no longer is Heaven listening for their call?  The prophet mourns.  The harvest is past (it is far later than they think) the summer ended. (Cold and bad weather ahead) we are not saved.  Salvation comes only from God and no one turns and calls upon Him.

21Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me.
22Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (NIV)

Jeremiah is called the "weeping prophet". His heart reached out to the people he loved and had the word of God in his mouth and heart. He could feel the anguish coming and so much wanted the people to hear and be saved.  I feel the same about these United States.  I see the ones in power setting our country up to join the "One World Government" Which will be run by Satan's false Messiah.

Jer 9:1-26

Jer9:1Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.
2 Oh, that I had in the desert a lodging place for travelers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers, a crowd of unfaithful people.

The prophet weeps for his people who are so unfaithful to The Lord God of Heaven.  He would like to run away from this adulterous people but he cannot.  A prophet or faithful minister of God goes and stays where God wants him to be.  What, only those called to full time ministry?  Of course not each child of God needs to prayerfully be where God wants him or her to be. God has control of our lives and if we are His child all things will work for our good.  Not all will be pleasant to start out with.

Jer9:3"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

"What is truth?" This famous question was put to Jesus on the day of His crucifixion. Truth is reality! Truth is what God has said. Truth is the facts any honest person can recognize as the reality of life.  It is a hard concept to deal with if you want to deceive.  The Jews were masters of deceit. They deceived themselves and sinned themselves into death or slavery.

Jer9:4"Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. 5Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. 6You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
7Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?

The liars of that day had nothing on our day. There is a large group of people in our day the it is said of them. "If you want to know when they are lying watch their lips, if they are moving the are lying.  I a convinced that their are many such groups in our present world. How many friends do you have that you can trust? See, says the Almighty.  I have only one choice.  I will test them.  This testing will last for seventy years.  They will be captives among two mighty nations of people.  will this testing bring them back to the Lord?

Jer9:8Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit. With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor, but in his heart he sets a trap for him.
9Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?"

God hates a lie. This is contrary to God's nature.  A lie is intended to deceive someone and may hurt them. Many lie to try to hide some sin they have committed. Lying is an abomination to God.  They who practice deceit risk God's vengeance. Corporal as well as eternal. Scripture tells us that no liar shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jer9:10I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the desert pastures. They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds of the air have fled and the animals are gone.

If one should wonder about pastures in the dry desert the word is used as an open pasture where cattle feed themselves. The weeping is for the whole land and what is going to happen to it.

When Israel was born as a nation in 1948 the land (then called Palestine so named by the British) was a barren place.  Much of it was barely inhabitable. This was because God did not allow it to prosper without His chosen people.  When God sent his people into exile in Jeremiah's time the same thing happened to the land.  Now of course Israel has been blessed by God and the Land Prospers and has become the fruit basket of Europe. 

Picture in your mind what God is revealing to the Prophet in verse 9:10. The prophet declared that he would weep and wail at the vision he had of the land made desolate of people and animals. 

Jer9:11"I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there."
12What man is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?
13The LORD said, "It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.
14Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them."
15Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water.
16I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will pursue them with the sword until I have destroyed them."

The description God gives the Prophet here is precisely what the Almighty Lord God did in the land of Israel. What the Lord says is exactly what He will do.  Anything else would be lying and deceiving The Holy God above is totally truthful and The Bible is true for God is true. Those that fled to Egypt were followed by the Army of Babylon and swords of Egypt and Babylon also were their reward for disobeying The Lord God Almighty.

Jer9:17This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them.
18Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.
19The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: 'How ruined we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.'"
20Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.

The Jews from Historical times have had women who were professional wailers. We see that in the time of Jesus when Jairus' daughter died and Jesus raised her from the dead.

Most of these of course were quite hypocritical.  They cried for money or just the reputation of caring. God tell all the woman to teach their daughters to learn how to wail for the great disaster that was soon to come upon them. God seems to say, go ahead there will be plenty to cry and wail about for you have disobeyed me.

Jer9:21Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.
22 Say, "This is what the LORD declares: "'The dead bodies of men will lie like refuse on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.'"

This is a very visual statement. Picture the angel of death climbing through your bedroom window. The fortresses would be full of the dead and upon the open field with no one  to bury them. Will we see in our country such a heavy hand upon us?

Jer9:23This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
24but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
25"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh--
26Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart." (NIV)

All of the descendents of Abraham followed the rite of circumcision. God says all are uncircumcised because of the condition of their hearts. Circumcision was intended as a mark of ownership by the lord God. There are multitudes who follow the flesh in circumcision but God says the only true circumcision is the circumcision of the heart. This is a circumcision that is necessary for women as well as men. The hard disbelieving cover that causes men and women to want sin rather than God.

God plainly says the heart is far more important than the body. Physical circumcision is practiced in all the countries God mentions here.  But their hard hearts were covered over with a covering of unbelief that blocked God from their lives. 

God said removal of that covering is heart circumcision. This happens to us when we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord or our lives. 


Jer 10:1-25

Jer10:1Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel.
2This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
5Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

God's description of an idol such as was common in Jeremiah's time. Many still follow the signs of the sky and make terrified prophesies concerning them. God warns against this kind of nonsense.

Jer10:6No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.

The Lord God Almighty. There is no other God in heaven or on the earth.  His power is seen in the wonders of the earth and the sky. The heavens do indeed declare the Glory of God.  Astronomers in the early 19th century though that they knew all about the heavens, The only advancement would be better by instruments to measure the heavens.  The advances in discovery since then give more information than the total known when that information was published.  There are many things that have been discovered in the heavens that remain a total mystery.  New things are being discovered regularly.  The heavens contain trillions of stars most greater in size and mass than our sun.

The earth contains millions of plants and animals. They are all different. One tiny one celled animal called a flagellate has a hair like appendage for moving. This hair like flagellum is operated by a biological motor.  Scientists tell us that this biological motor will not work unless every part is present at its construction.  Any missing part and it will not work.  I have not heard of one evolutionist brave enough to comment on this! 

Jer10:8They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.9Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple-- all made by skilled workers.

Today the worldly people use human idols from movies and sports plus of course a pervading covertness which is idolatry. Greed is the way of the world. Greed is idolatry!

Jer10:10But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. 11"Tell them this: 'These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.'"
12But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
13When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
14Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no breath in them.

The wisdom of God founded this world. Thunder comes with each lightening strike. The nitrogen of the air is changed into fertilizer so that God can care for the wonderful plants He has made. The multitudes of organisms from microorganisms to giant blue whales form a food chain that sustains the world through the ages.

The might and power of the Lord God, King of heaven and earth is without limit. His knowledge is also limitless, everything about Him is perfect.  Praise his name for His salvation and caring guidance for His own.

Jer10"15They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

Virtually all have at this time already perished. Some still in Haiti, Africa, and the far east. When Jesus sets up His kingdom here on earth the very last of them will go.  Most will disappear during the wrath of God period on the day of the Lord.

Jer10:16He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance-- the LORD Almighty is his name. 17Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege. 18or this is what the LORD says: "At this time I will hurl out those who live in this land; I will bring distress on them so that they may be captured."

Those of you who are God's Portion of Jacob get ready to Go to Babylon.  God was going to send His remnant, the ones who will be called back after the seventy years of exile is over.  Woe to the ones not in that remnant for they will die by famine, disease and sword. God lets them know that great distress will prepare them for capture and exile.

Jer10:19Woe to me because of my injury! My wound is incurable! Yet I said to myself, "This is my sickness, and I must endure it."
20My tent is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My sons are gone from me and are no more; no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter.

When the disaster comes the people will say their wound is incurable. I must endure it. This indicates that there is still a sense of self sufficiency no sign that the destroying armies are a result of this very unrepentant spirit.

Jer10:21The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.

The leaders both physical and spiritual they are without sense the Lord says. They will not even recognize that their leadership is the main cause of the situation.

Jer10:22Listen! The report is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north! It will make the towns of Judah desolate, a haunt of jackals. 23I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. 24Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-- not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. 25Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland. (NIV)

The armies of Babylon were marching across the world we know as the middle east.  The prophet knows that a man's life is not his own. It belongs to his Creator.  Correct me according to justice.-- not in anger which would reduce him to nothing. Judge the nations that do not acknowledge you for what they have done to Jacob.
 

Jeremiah Chapter 11:1-23

Jer11:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2"Listen to the terms of this covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.

God was making a unilateral covenant with Judah. This treaty contained some life and death information to the people. Those who obeyed would be fine the others would suffer greatly.

Jer11:3Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Cursed is the man who does not obey the terms of this covenant--
4the terms I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.' I said, 'Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.

When God puts a curse upon an Individual, nation or people that curse is forever. Nothing can change the fact.  God here declares a curse upon any of Jacob who do not follow The Lord God in obedience.

Jer11:5Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey'-- the land you possess today." I answered, "Amen, LORD."

The land had little or no rain. The crops were not producing as they should their disobedience had caused God to remove His protection of the land as well as its people.

First item in the covenant was, (1).Give them a land flowing with milk and honey. This takes consistent rain and God's blessing upon the land. This was not the case in Judah at that time. The crops were not producing.  The cattle were in bad shape. The vineyards were not producing. God was promising a turnaround in the conditions of weather and crops.

The fulfilling of the oath appears to have begun in present day Israel but will not be completed till the Millennial reign of Christ Jesus.

Jer11:6The LORD said to me, "Proclaim all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: 'Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow them.
7From the time I brought your forefathers up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again, saying, "Obey me."
8But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts. So I brought on them all the curses of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.'"

Jeremiah was instructed to let everyone know about the edict or covenant. He was to go to the towns of Judah and to the City of Jerusalem. God has come to the end of His patience with the Jews. It will be a national matter. The Israelites had never been a obedient people until things got so bad that they had to call upon God to deliver them from their enemies.

These curses were not enough to keep God's people faithful or bring them back to repentance.

Jer11:9Then the LORD said to me, "There is a conspiracy among the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem.
10They have returned to the sins of their forefathers, who refused to listen to my words. They have followed other gods to serve them. Both the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant I made with their forefathers.
11Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.

The Lord God knows that this people will never leave their Idols and sun worship and the evil that the false prophets of these false god's promote.

God is sending a great national disaster upon Judah if this covenant He is making with them is not observed.

Jer11:12The towns of Judah and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they burn incense, but they will not help them at all when disaster strikes.
13You have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah; and the altars you have set up to burn incense to that shameful god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem.'
14"Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.

They will call upon The Lord God and their false gods when this disaster comes but, they will then be under God's curse for not observing this covenant. No help will come from any source.

God won't hear the cries of the cursed ones and the false gods of wood stone and sky cannot.

The Jews knew what God thought of Baal from what the prophet did to them at Mount Carmel where 400 of Baal prophets were killed. There were more images of Baal than there were streets in Jerusalem!

Even Jeremiah was instructed not to pray for the people or offer any plea  of petition for them. God knew they would not repent so He would not accept any prayer on their behalf.

Jer11:15"What is my beloved doing in my temple as she works out her evil schemes with many? Can consecrated meat avert [your punishment]? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice."

They brought meat offerings into the temple for forgiveness of sins. This did not bring them forgiveness for their hearts had no repentance no turning away from their filthy idols. They rejoiced in their worship of sex, blood sacrifice and more.

Jer11:16The LORD called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken.
17The LORD Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done evil and provoked me to anger by burning incense to Baal.
18Because the LORD revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.

The olive tree was a symbol of plenty in Israel. It appears that God viewed Israel as they viewed the oil producing tree, a thing of beauty. The beauty was gone in filth. Lying, sex, murder, robbery and so much more.  Now the olive tree is to be burned like so many pine trees in Florida were burned because of being infected by insects that could be stopped in no other way.

God of course knew that this rottenness had to be burned out of Judah with a storm of disaster.

Jer1119I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more."
20But, O LORD Almighty, you who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

Jeremiah cried out to The Lord. The men plotted Jeremiah's death to shut him up. Jeremiah wanted to live to see God's vengeance on the ones plotting to kill him for delivering The Lord's message.

Jer11:21"Therefore this is what the LORD says about the men of Anathoth who are seeking your life and saying, 'Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD or you will die by our hands'-- 22 therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. 23Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the men of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.'" (NIV)

It is not wise to lay hands upon one of the Lord's anointed. Jeremiah would live, under God's protection, but the severe punishment of the idol worshipers who threatened him have brought the punishment upon the city of Anathoth where there will be none of them left.

Jer 12:1-17
CHAPTER 12

Jer12:1You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?
2You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.
3Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

One of the great questions of all time is the one Jeremiah has just ask God. The wicked prosper, at least for a time.  Jeremiah is especially speaking of hypocrites. They speak of God but their hearts are full of sin. Their hearts are hard and cold toward the Lord. It seems that Jeremiah felt about hypocrites in the way I do. They foul the church, troubling those who would live a Godly life in Christ Jesus. 

Jeremiah does not question the righteousness of the Lord. But why does He allow the ungodly to prosper?  Those who wanted to kill him though he was doing God's work. Jeremiah wanted God to "Drag them off like sheep to be butchered" Many of Christ's Children have often felt the same way. Be assured in God's time He will take care of matters like this.

Jer12:4How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us."

The wicked and ignorant don't believe God can see them in their ungodliness. Jeremiah knows God and wonders how long God is going to let the land be destroyed because of the ungodliness of the people, especially the rich and powerful.

Jer12:5"If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
6Your brothers, your own family-- even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.

The Lord wants to know how you could outrun the horses of Babylon if you get tired running a foot race. Men stumble on level ground could they manage in the uneven ground in the thickets of Jordan. There was no one to help no one to trust.

The Prophet is discouraged. His own family had turned against him.  There was no one whom he could trust in all of his people. He is analyzing his situation. The strain seems too much. His family are hypocrites.  They cry against him to others while to his face they speak well to him.

Jer12:7"I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies.
8My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.
9Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.

God is at the end of His endurance. The inheritance was of tremendous importance to God but he is ready to give up His inheritance which he loves. It has become a bird of prey which has pounced upon Judah. The wild beasts he speaks of are not four legged animals. They are the wicked men of Judah.

Jer12:10Many shepherds will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.
11It will be made a wasteland, parched and desolate before me; the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares.
12Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword of the LORD will devour from one end of the land to the other; no one will be safe.

The shepherds mentioned above are the leaders of the armies of Babylon. They are the SWORD OF THE LORD. They are ungodly men but the wicked of Israel are more ungodly.  God judges men according to how much light they have. The people of Judah had the brilliant light of the law of God to go by which they rejected. The Heathen nation of Babylon did not have it. So Judah was for more wicked than the Babylonians.

I can picture the ungodly shepherds driving their armies across his land destroying it with their horses and war machines turning it into a desert. Judah has suffered much for turning their back on God Almighty. To live as a slave in a foreign land is a thing I would find very detestable.

JER12:13They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. So bear the shame of your harvest because of the LORD's fierce anger."
14This is what the LORD says: "As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them.

The land is cursed as well as the people. Babylon will bring in people who are to till the land. The land was not producing because of the sin of the people after the invasion the crops will be poorer. God will uproot them along with any left of the house of Judah.

God tells him that things are going to get worse, bear the shame of your poor harvest. Then The Lord tells him what is in store for all who violate the land that He, The Lord God gave to His People.

Again I mention that the Arabs of Palestine were living in poverty till the Jews came and made the land blossom once again. 1948 was a turning point once again for the Land of Israel that belongs to God and was given to the chosen descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob forever.

Jer12:15But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country.
16And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, 'As surely as the LORD lives'-- even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal-- then they will be established among my people.

The message of hope that the Lord gives. He brought them back in the time of Ezra, and Nehemiah. The temple and Jerusalem were rebuilt the people had much trouble and many masters but lasted as a people till they Crucified the Lord Jesus and once again they lost their home land.

It appear that in 1948 they have come back to stay till the Lord Jesus comes back to rule. There will never be open Idol worship again in the Land by Israelites.  The only Heathern worship today is from the Arabs.

Jer12:17But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it," declares the LORD. (NIV)

This is a very interesting verse. God has been speaking of bringing His people back to THEIR OWN INHERITANCES.  But if any nation does not listen. "I will completely uproot and destroy it."

There are numerous nations today including the USA that are not listening to God and are making every effort to stop the Jews from claiming their inheritance. This can result in the destruction of each of the nations so aligned against Israel. 

CHAPTER 13
Jer 13:1-27

Jer13:1This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."
2So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.
3Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:
4"Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks."
5So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.

PERATH (pe-rath').The Heb. word for the Euphrates (which see) and the term used in the NIV of <Jer.13:4-7>

Perath? The Hebrew word for Euphrates. Did the prophet go to The Euphrates river and hide the belt? That is exactly what he did for he was very obedient to God. The Euphrates was far away to him.

Jer13:6Many days later the LORD said to me, "Go now to Perath (the Euphrates) and get the belt I told you to hide there."
7So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.
8Then the word of the LORD came to me:
9"This is what the LORD says: 'In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt-- completely useless!

God uses the new linen belt to illustrate how nice Judah was in the beginning and how ugly and useless Judah had become.  What do you do with totally useless and ugly things.  I throw them away.  It seems God was ready to do the same thing with Judah and Jerusalem.

Jer13:11For as a belt is bound around a man's waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me,' declares the LORD, 'to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.'

God's intentions for Israel and Judah, to bring honor and praise as the world saw what God could with a people.  Surely then many would want to come and join with the lord. Jacob failed and went to being a vile and lawless people.  First Israel and then Judah. Now It was time God took the belt of Jacob from His waist where it was protected and cast it off.

Jer13:12"Say to them: 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.' And if they say to you, 'Don't we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?'
13then tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem.
14I will smash them one against the other, fathers and sons alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.'"
15Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken.

Jeremiah was to say to the people something that all would know. When they scoffed at him.  God told him to inform them that He was going to turn the entire nation into a bunch of drunks. 

Drunks have a tendency to be pugnacious and very difficult to get along with. This of course will cause much social unrest between neighbors and even within families. This nation was drunk with their assumed importance. They had the temple of The Living God in their midst and His presumed protection so what if they Ignored God? It is obvious the did Ignore every true prophet God sent to them killing most and scoffing at the rest.  They will pay attention when the Armies of Babylon are surrounding Jerusalem.

Jer13:16Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to thick darkness and change it to deep gloom.
17But if you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD's flock will be taken captive.
18Say to the king and to the queen mother, "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns will fall from your heads."
19The cities in the Negev will be shut up, and there will be no one to open them. All Judah will be carried into exile, carried completely away.

The Prophet cries to the people to give Glory to God before the darkness of disaster comes.  Jeremiah knows in his heart they will not repent for God has revealed it to him.  He knows that in the secret place he will be weeping because Judah and Jerusalem will be destroyed and the people taken captive.

Jer13:20Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?
21What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?

Who is this coming from the north like a whirl wind?  The prophet sees them in his vision.  What do you know? It is the very ones you have cultivated as your special allies.  Your have pain coming like a woman in labor.

Jer13:22And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"-- it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated.
23Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.

Ask why has this happened! The Lord through His prophet has already told you long before it happened their sin is the answer. They cannot change their sinful ways anymore for they are ingrained into your souls. You can no more change than an Ethiopian can change his skin or a leopard can change its spots.

Jer13:24"I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind.
25This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you," declares the LORD, "because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods.
26I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen--
27your adulteries and lustful neighing, your shameless prostitution! I have seen your detestable acts on the hills and in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?" (NIV)

God gave them fair warning. Repent or I will put a curse on you.  The curse is in effect now God says: I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind. Then the Lord lists the shameful Idolatries of this wicked people.


Jer 14:1-22
CHAPTER 14

Jer14:1This is the word of the LORD to Jeremiah concerning the drought: 2"Judah mourns, her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.3The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water. They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads.
4The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.5Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass. 6Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture." 7Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you.

The sins of the people have brought this calamity upon them. The description of what happened in Judah is what is happening around the world today in many places. Some places are flooded out and other places have no rain.

In Judah the drought was severe.  Did it bring repentance?  No it did not. People do not associate physical conditions with the moral condition of the people.

Jeremiah called upon the Lord to do something for the sake of His name.

Jer14:8O Hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night?
9Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, O LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

The cry for help is urgent.  The situation is critical. Perhaps there are no tears for lack of body moisture. What can we do, help us.

Jer14:10This is what the LORD says about this people: "They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins."

PAY DAY SOME DAY was the title of a sermon preached by a famous preacher (Dr R. G. Lee) in the days just following WWII. He preached about God's judgment coming upon each of us if we do not turn from our sins and turn to Jesus.

SO THE LORD DOES NOT ACCEPT THEM. Why should God help anyone who rejects Him and violates every rule of law that He has given them?  The answer is that God will not help those who reject His Righteousness.

Jer14:11Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the well-being of this people. 12Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."
13But I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, the prophets keep telling them, 'You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.'"

The Lord instructs Jeremiah not to pray for the well being of this people. That He is going to destroy them. Jeremiah again tells the Lord the prophets (preachers) tells them the opposite. False preachers are also telling our people today God wants all to be rich and prosperous. There is little or no teaching among these about God's requirements. The Scripture says: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS." This may be a hint to some as to how to receive a right relation with God.

Jer14:14Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. 15Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, 'No sword or famine will touch this land.' Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. 16And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons or their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.

The people wanted only pleasant preaching, pleasant prophesying.  God had warned them that He would lay a curse upon them for their sins but they did not repent.  We can feel the curse in operation. God says: I will pour our on them the calamity they deserve.

Jer14:17"Speak this word to them: "'Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing; for my virgin daughter-- my people-- has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.
18If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine. Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.'"

God indicates His great sorrow and His eyes overflowing with tears continually; for His virgin daughter-  The Lord's people have a great wound a crushing blow. God is seeing the near future which He knows totally. Many slain by the sword, dead by famine, the land devastated.  He loves Judah but must send them away for their own future good.

God describes what He sees now and what Jeremiah will see in the in the near future.

Jer14:19Have you rejected Judah completely? Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed? We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror. 20O LORD, we acknowledge our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers; we have indeed sinned against you. 21For the sake of your name do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne. Remember your covenant with us and do not break it. 22Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this. (NIV)

Though Jeremiah was instructed by God not to pray for this people his heart will not let him to be still. Of course Jeremiah acknowledges his sins and the sins of the people but they are not crying out to the Lord God. The land has gone from horrible to unredeemable. God wants to redeem Israel.  He does not despise them but He does despise their sins. The plan of God for the redemption of the world makes it necessary that He sends Judah away into captivity.


Jer 15:1-21
CHAPTER 15

Jer15:1Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go! 2And if they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: "'Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.'

Even if two of God's greatest servants Moses and Samuel were to plea for them my heart would not go out to this people. The righteousness of God has hardened his heart and will concerning this people. He must send them away for the good of the Nation. The final redemption of Israel.

Where shall we go? God answers.

"' Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.'

Jer15:3"I will send four kinds of destroyers against them," declares the LORD, "the sword to kill and the dogs to drag away and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.

The sword will make a bloody trail across Judah. The wild dogs will come to feast as they did when Jezebel was thrown from her tower. The dogs of that day were not the cuddly pets of today. The birds of prey, the vultures the buzzards and others will feast on the unburied dead.  This is a savage picture but when God lays a curse on a people for being nothing but robbers, rapists, thieves and murders they are receiving reward for what they did in secret out in the open. 

Jer15:4I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem. 5"Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem? Who will mourn for you? Who will stop to ask how you are?

The crass nature of the People of Judah brought no sympathy from the peoples around them. No one mourned them when the disaster came. Hezekiah was a good and Godly king. His son Manasseh was as murderous a piece of trash that could ever be imagined.

II Ki 21:16
2kings21:16Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end-- besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD. (NIV)

This king set the people upon the direction that ultimately lead to the destruction and exile of Judah.

Jer15:6You have rejected me," declares the LORD. "You keep on backsliding. So I will lay hands on you and destroy you; I can no longer show compassion.
7I will winnow them with a winnowing fork at the city gates of the land. I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people, for they have not changed their ways.
8I will make their widows more numerous than the sand of the sea. At midday I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of their young men; suddenly I will bring down on them anguish and terror.

God says their will be a separation of this people at the gates of Jerusalem.  The winnowing fork was to separate the wheat from the chaff. God has some wheat among His people. These will go into captivity the rest to the sword.

God's compassion is great. He called this people from their wickedness for many, many years. They only became a more and more violent and wicked people. There came a time when even The Lord God's great patience wore out.  He gave them an ultimatum and they totally ignored it.  The curse for not repenting was to be carried out.

Does this seem cruel? God wanted to save His people and this was the only way it could be done. God would not violate their freedom of choice.  They made their choice as Israel did in the desert and the lord caused them to wander for 40 years.

Now God brought the destroyer to winnow our the corrupt leaders and their corrupt priests and prophets. Those who had followed them would go also. It appears that there were few innocent ones left.  God wanted a new people to arise out of slavery who would know that God insisted on purity of heart and actions. 

Jer15:9The mother of seven will grow faint and breathe her last. Her sun will set while it is still day; she will be disgraced and humiliated. I will put the survivors to the sword before their enemies," declares the LORD.

She that has birthed seven -. Seven, being the perfect number, indicates full fruitfulness. Her sun will set- because not even one is left of all her sons (Jer 15:8). Fortune deserts her at the very height of her prosperity (Amos 8:9). She has been ashamed - the mothers (she being collective) are put to the shame of disappointed hopes through the loss of all their children.

Jer15:10Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth, a man with whom the whole land strives and contends! I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.

Jeremiah seems to be having a pity party and who can blame him? Many times the Lord's work causes much strife. But the rewards from God Almighty are wonderful to behold. The cursing will end when the gates of Jerusalem swing open to the army of Babylon.

Jer15:11The LORD said, "Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead with you in times of disaster and times of distress.

Nebuzaradan, The general leading the conquering armies, by Nebuchadnezzar's orders, treated Jeremiah well, and "gave him food, and a reward, and let him go" As the long chains of prisoners with packs upon their backs marched north around the Crescent circle to Babylon.
(Jer 40:4-5; 39:11-12).

Jer15:12"Can a man break iron-- iron from the north-- or bronze?
13Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without charge, because of all your sins throughout your country.
14I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for my anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you."

The iron of the Jews was a very inferior metal compared with the iron fused with brass making a metal much like our modern steel. The swords of the Babylonians. The Lord lets them know how inferior they were in weapons and training. 

They were going into slavery, would be treated well and come out a better people.

NOTE: The people of modern Israel have learned their lessons from History at least about equipping their army well. Though it is much smaller they have an army equipped as well as that of the United States. It has grown into the largest and strongest in the area.

Jeremiah's prayer to God

Jer15:15You understand, O LORD; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering--do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.
16When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
17I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation.
18Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? Will you be to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails?

Prayer is a powerful thing.  It moves the hand of God to help those faithful that are His own.  This was so then and it is still the same. God takes care of His own. Jeremiah did not go into captivity at Babylon. God spared his life as He had promised Jeremiah.

Jer15:19Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.
20I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you," declares the LORD.
21"I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel." (NIV)

Jeremiah had prayed for the people when God told him not to pray for them. Doing anything God tells you not to do is sin. God calls upon Jeremiah to repent.

Repentance: Turning from your sins and asking God for forgiveness is a sure path to help from God.  Jeremiah did not want to go into captivity.  The words of repentance must be totally sincere. God who knows the innermost thoughts and intentions cannot be fooled.

The people would eventually turn to Jeremiah for advice and God would direct him. But God warns Jeremiah not to turn to them. That is not to become one with the sins of the remnant left in Judah.

Jer 16:1-21
Chapter

Jer16:1Then the word of the LORD came to me:
2"You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place."

The prophet must not marry and have children, Why? Remember the curse God promised those who did not repent and return to Him? That curse remained upon the land after the disaster. And with all of the dead bodies the land and water was totally full of disease germs.

Jer16:3For this is what the LORD says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers:
4"They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like refuse lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth."
5For this is what the LORD says: "Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people," declares the LORD.
6"Both high and low will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned, and no one will cut himself or shave his head for them.
7No one will offer food to comfort those who mourn for the dead-- not even for a father or a mother-- nor will anyone give them a drink to console them.

This will be a land of death and illness.  Do not go into a house with a funeral meal. Bring no mourning or sympathy to the bereaved for the Lord God had withdrawn His blessing, love and pity from this people. The servant of God must not do anything contrary to what God wants. This will be a land desolate of love and caring.

Jer16:8"And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink.9For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in this place.

The prophet is not to join in any merry making. For God is going to take all joy from the land.

Jer16:10"When you tell these people all this and they ask you, 'Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?'

God of course knew what the people would ask. Notice the lack of understanding of sin!  Can individuals become so callous that they have no understanding of what is right and wrong?  Yes they can. Among such they believe wrong is right and right is wrong.  If you have trouble with that concept look at our own society.  The good people are scorned and the wicked are raised to high statue.

Jer16:11then say to them, 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.
12But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me.
13So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.'

The worship of idols in the land God claims for His special ownership. This was and is a direct affront and insult to The Lord God.

They have been more wicked than any of their people before. God compared Israel and Judah and said that in comparison Israel had been almost pure in that comparison.

A strange land and strange ways await these that have turned away from the Living God to serve sticks, stones metal and the sun moon and the stars.

Jer16:14"However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
15but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.

Twice now God has brought His people back.  The first time so that the Messiah could be born in Bethlehem of Judah.

The second return is not yet complete and likely will not till after the Gog/Magog war. This return appears to be the end times return. Soon after that war the Antichrist will take over the world. Unfortunately God's word tells us that the antichrist will make war with the Saints and overcome them. But the antichrist cannot take away God's grace and Salvation from a Saints heart.

Jer16:16"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.

The Egyptians were fishermen the Babylonians were hunters. There is predicted a series of invaders coming to punish the Judeans. The Babylonians came and took some including Daniel and set up a king then the  Egyptians came and set up a different king who did not pay tribute to Nebuchadnezzar. This brought on the total destruction of the temple and Jerusalem.  

Jer16:17My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.
18I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols."

Nothing is hidden from God for He is everywhere at the same time. He is not in everything as some heretics would claim. But sees and knows when a sparrow falls and the number of hairs on my head.

He knows the wicked who try unsuccessfully to let the darkness hide their filthiness.

Notice how God describes the land. "My land". Notice how God describes the Israelites. "My inheritance".

God does not like for others to try to take away land and people who belong to Him.  Those of the present time trying to divide God's land with the Heathern worshipers of Allah.  Do you believe God is not noticing?  Do you think The Lord is not concerned? Do you believe God will not punish nations and peoples that would steal God land?

Jer16:19O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.

In the end times when God has shown His power and brings all His people back to Israel the nations will know their false gods to be false and will come and worship the Lord God who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Who are the false gods of today? Money, power, sex, greed, these are the god's of the secular world. Many more are worshiped by the false religions of the world.

Jer16:20Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!"
21"Therefore I will teach them-- this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD. (NIV)

Jehovah or Jehovah the name of the Lord, the eternal God. Almighty God creator of all things. Eternal in the heavens. Creator of the New Heavens and New Earth.  

Jer 17:1-27
CHAPTER 17

Jer17:1"Judah's sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.
2Even their children remember their altars and Asheera poles beside the spreading trees and on the high hills.
3My mountain in the land and your wealth and all your treasures I will give away as plunder, together with your high places, because of sin throughout your country.
4Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn forever."
5This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

The engraving of their hearts with a hard sharp instrument symbolizes the permanent nature of their sin. Their children were closely associated with them in their Heathern worship and remember the Heathern alters and Asheera poles. (worshiping poles of the female counter part of Baal)

God is giving away to others the inheritance He had given them. God's anger will burn forever toward these He is sending away. They of course will burn eternally in hell.

Cursed is the one who trust in man. God's reference is to those who have gone to other nations to make bargains for help instead of going to the God of heaven who could help in time of trouble. When they are gone the next generation will be more amenable to the call of God upon their hearts.

Jer17:7"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

A blessed man who trusts in The Lord like the tree near the water will not know want. No killing heat can harm one who has a continual flow of healing waters from the Lord God.  He will bear fruit in season because of honoring and seeking the Lord.

Jer17:9The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Notice the heart is beyond cure! as well as being deceitful above all things. "Who can know it" is what the Hebrew word means not who can understand it.  Of course understanding the heart is also a problem.

Some time ago I heard a man stand in a pulpit and his whole sermon was on trusting the heart.  Do not trust a deceitful man or woman the each have the same kind of deceitful heart you do.

Trust only in God and His Holy Word.

Let the Lord give you a new heart and a new soul that you may trust yourself and others that have also gone to God for His salvation.

Jer17:10"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."

Think of the Lord God watching your every move and thought. Not only watching but recording each and every one of them for eternity. This is not just some hypothetical type of thought.  This is what is happening to everyone over the whole world.

Jer17:11Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. When his life is half gone, they will desert him, and in the end he will prove to be a fool.

There are some birds who do not want to be troubled building a nest. So they will lay their eggs in partridge nests. The partridge does not seem to notice and will hatch and raise the baby bird as she does her own.

The partridge has gained a chick without Doing what God intended for her to do to get a chick.  God likens a man getting things by unjust means.  The chick will fly away from the Partridge when it grows up. The man who gains from unjust dealings will also see them fly away.

God seems to be saying here. Both are pretty dumb.

Jer17:12A glorious throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary.

God's Throne is glorious indeed. It is exalted above the heavens. Its exalted wonder was before the beginning of creation. In His majesty is our place of security and comfort.

Jer17:13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.
14Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Jeremiah lifts up his voice to praise the Lord and again states what is true.  Those who forsake the Lord are doomed. God is the spring of living water that springs up to eternal Life. Heal me lord the Prophet prays. Knowing that he was going to be healed. He knows his salvation is secure for his trust is in God whom he will praise.

Jer17:15They keep saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!"

The wicked of Judah kept taunting the Prophet in unbelief. They said, let it be fulfilled now.  Well--- God has a habit of fulfilling His word in His own good time and place. 

Some of us who do believe God need to remember that also for God will not answer a prayer that ultimately will bring harm to His children. Neither will God answer a prayer till the time is right for that prayer to bring a real blessing to the one seeking the Lord God.

Another Prayer of the Prophet

Jer17:16I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before you.
17Do not be a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18Let my persecutors be put to shame, but keep me from shame; let them be terrified, but keep me from terror. Bring on them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction.

You can hear the fear in the Prophet's words. He reminds God of his faithfulness and that God knows what he preached about the coming destruction was not what he wanted. Don't be a terror to me, you are my refuge in the day of disaster. He knew there was no other. Don't let me come to shame as they are destined to do. Completely destroy them as they deserve.

Jer17:19This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and stand at the gate of the people, through which the kings of Judah go in and out; stand also at all the other gates of Jerusalem.
20Say to them, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem who come through these gates.
21This is what the LORD says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.
22Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers.

Why the importance of the Sabbath? One God commanded observance of the seventh day. Have you wondered why?  There are several reasons. Man's health and vitality is one. But there is a spiritual reason that tops any other.

God has promised us a rest. Not for just a day but for an eternity.  Jesus said:

Matt11:29"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJ)

Jesus was and is offering an eternal rest for our souls. Not just a one day rest. God's intention from the beginning appears to be that the command concerning the Sabbath was a moral and eternal issue. 

When Jesus said, "take my yoke upon you" He was using a familiar quotation of the Jews.  When a young man began studying under a Rabbi it was said that the young man had taken the Rabbi's yoke upon him.  Jesus was calling all to become disciples of His and learn the eternal truths that would lead to eternal life.

Jer17:23Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline.

God knew when He sent Jeremiah that they would not listen.  God does not want anyone to have the least excuse when they stand before Him on Judgment day. The whining of the unrepentant sinner will not change their destiny.

Jer17:24But if you are careful to obey me, declares the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy by not doing any work on it,
25then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.
26People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings, incense and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
27But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.'" (NIV)

God holds out a great promise to these people. If they will obey just one thing. There will be prosperity and glory. With every promise of blessing God gave He told them the curse that would come instead of blessing when they failed to obey.

There hearts were far too hard and they wanted their own way. Also the prophets were already promising all of this without them doing anything.
 

 18:1-23
CHAPTER 18

Jer18:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." 3So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

This was what potters did for a living.  The clay was good for only one thing and that was to make vessels.  What kind of vessels?  What ever the potter wanted to make.  This depended upon his purpose. The kind of a vessel, bowl, pitcher, or plate. The Potter selected the clay HIS purpose.

Jer18:5Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.9And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

One could well call this the Lord's, "Modus operandi" that is the way God intends to do things. God does not want to harm anyone but this is His universe and man is here on suffrage. God created man for the purpose of being His righteous children.  Man is a flawed vessel to say the least.  When man becomes so flawed there is no hope for him then God takes a hand. If he changes and does good God will reward him well.  If he does evil God has a different kind of reward waiting for him.

Jer18:11"Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.'
12But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

God has sent the Prophet to the people of Judah many times. Go another time. Warn the people that I the Lord am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you.

Then the Lord tells the prophet what they will say.  Their words will be nicer to the ear when they refuse to obey, but God is giving the meaning of their answer that lies in their evil heart.

Jer18:13Therefore this is what the LORD says: "Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard anything like this? A most horrible thing has been done by Virgin Israel.

There was never before a people who left their God before.  Israel has done a horrible thing. Virgin Israel has become a whore. She has committed spiritual adultery.  She has made herself altogether filthy and vile.

Man many times has a difficult time understanding the spiritual realities of this world. God made physical laws that govern the physical world.  We know that stepping off a high cliff will do much damage to a person. Little children are taught not to play with fire.

Many do not realize that the moral spiritual laws God created when He created the physical laws are just as binding upon us. Penalties for ignoring them is very much like stepping off of a high cliff and believing nothing is going to happen to you.

Jer18:14 Will a man leave the snow water of Lebanon, which comes from the rock of the field? Will the cold flowing waters be forsaken for strange waters? (NKJ)

The waters flowing from the melting snow of mount Lebanon was pure and cool. Would a person leave that water for a cistern with water filled with insect larva and begin drinking that  while ignoring the pure cold clean water?

This is what the people of Judah had done when they Left the pure clean worship of God for the filth of the Idol worship. God can and does help His people. No chunk of wood, piece of stone, metal or man's flesh can help you in trouble or in death.

Jer18:16Their land will be laid waste, an object of lasting scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.
17Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster."

This is the word of God that the Lord God gave to Jeremiah. It is a fearsome message. This land will no longer be fit to live in when God brings his vengeance upon it.

What will the people's response be?

Jer18:18They said, "Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not be lost, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let's attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says."
19Listen to me, O LORD; hear what my accusers are saying!
20Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.

Did Jeremiah hear them making plans against him? Not likely but these plans were revealed to him either by friends and relatives or by the Lord God Himself.

Jeremiah is hurt. He tried to get God to spare them. They hate his message from God so since they cannot get at God they will go after His true Prophet.

This same kind of attitude has run off many a good preacher from Churches where Holy living is not what they want.

Jer18:21So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.
22Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.

23But you know, O LORD, all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger. (NIV)

Jeremiah had gone to the people wanting to help them and meaning only their good.  The response from the Jews was only evil to him.  The truth of God is not well received among those who love evil.

Now he is fed up. He lists the things that the Lord has revealed to the Prophet that He will do to them. Jeremiah urges God to go ahead and do what He has announced His intentions are.  These things are not nice but Jeremiah is human and is now ready for God to do the things The Lord has revealed He is going to do.

I fear for the United States.  I pray God's blessings upon her. She is or was the Land of the free and the home of the brave. I see God's judgment coming soon upon the United States.  She has rejected The Lord God.  Muslims can block streets of cities to pray but Christians are not allowed to mention the name of Jesus. Pray for our country but know the rejection of Israel by our country and the attempts to divide Jerusalem are a curse on Israel. Scripture informs us that, those who bless Israel God will Bless, those who curse Israel God will curse.


Jer 19:1-15
CHAPTER 19

Jer19:1This is what the LORD says: "Go and buy a clay jar from a potter. Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests
2and go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. There proclaim the words I tell you,

Was Jeremiah just a little fearful?  None the less he obeyed the Lord. These elders and priests may not have really wanted to go but God made sure that they would hear His warning once more.

Jer19:3and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and people of Jerusalem. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Listen! I am going to bring a disaster on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.
4For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.

The valley of Ben Hinnom is the place Jesus used to illustrate Hell.  A place filled with Garbage and dead bodies. A place of fires burning trash a place these the people of Jerusalem had taken babies and sacrificed them to false gods.

Babies are a gift from The lord. And between 50 million and 60 million in the US has been sacrificed to the gods of pleasure and convenience. The murder of children for any reason will bring the judgment of God on any who have not repented of this heinous sin.

Jer19:5They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal-- something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.
6So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.
7"'In this place I will ruin the plans of Judah and Jerusalem. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies, at the hands of those who seek their lives, and I will give their carcasses as food to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth.
8I will devastate this city and make it an object of scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.
9I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another's flesh during the stress of the siege imposed on them by the enemies who seek their lives.'

God wanted every facet of their sins brought forcefully before them. The sacrifice of babies for any reason sends chills down my spine when I think on it. This vile sin will receive God's greatest punishment. The description above is of a people exposed to famine of the greatest kind. Eating of ones children shows the depth of their depravity for they could have ended a siege that they knew would end the way God had prophesied.

Jer19:10"Then break the jar while those who go with you are watching,
11and say to them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter's jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.


TOPHETH

(to'-feth) (ha-topheth, etymology uncertain; the most probable is its connection with a root meaning "burning"-- the "place of burning"; the King James Version, Tophet, except in <2 Kin 23:10 >): The references are to such a place: "They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire"
(from International Standard Bible Encylopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (C) 1996 by Biblesoft)


The smashing of the Jar was not just symbolic for Jerusalem would be smashed and destroyed completely. Her dead would be a huge number and whoever was left would run out of burial space.

Jer19:12This is what I will do to this place and to those who live here, declares the LORD. I will make this city like Topheth.
13The houses in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled like this place, Topheth-- all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs to all the starry hosts and poured out drink offerings to other gods.'"

Tophet was one of the foulest places of stink in the world. Flies  and rodents were everyplace eating unburied dead. Now God tells Jerusalem that their sin has condemned them to death and destruction.  Jerusalem will stink like Ben Hinnom

Jer19:14Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the LORD's temple and said to all the people,
15"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.'" (NIV)

I can almost visualize the sneers on the faces of many especially the false prophets who would do all they could to counter Jeremiah's message as soon as he left the temple. One day not too far in the future these sneers would turn to pained agony.

Jer 20:1-18
CHAPTER 20

Jer20:1When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the chief officer in the temple of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,
2he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD's temple.

This more than anything else shows the viciousness of this priest. His ungodliness and his corrupt nature.

Jer20:3The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, "The LORD's name for you is not Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib. 4For this is what the LORD says: 'I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will hand all Judah over to the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword. 5I will hand over to their enemies all the wealth of this city-- all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away as plunder and carry it off to Babylon.

MAGOR-MISSABIB

(ma'-gor-mis'-a-bib) (maghor miccabhibh, "terror on every side"): A name given by God to Pashhur following his beating of Jeremiah.
The terror will come to this bullish priest and his terror will only end far away from Judah.

Here is an example of an unholy priest not wanting the truth of God to expose him.  The ungodly in positions of authority will be very cruel when exposed.  When Jeremiah was released the next day the Prophet looked at the smug features of God's enemy and pronounced God's judgment on Jerusalem its treasures and people.

Jer20:6And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.'"

The prophet then told Pashhur what was going to happen to him and his family. I believe that when Jeremiah spoke chills of fear ran up and down Pashhur's spine.  Sometimes it is better to die than to go into slavery and see your whole family suffer and die when you yourself was responsible for this curse that God has laid upon you for your sin.

Jer20:7O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. 8Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. 9But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

The prophet was extremely  sensitive. The slurs and mocking laughter cut him deeply. Regardless of his determination not to prophesy any more he could not hold it in God's word came spilling from his lips.

O Lord, thou hast deceived me. Jeremiah's complaint, not unlike that of Job, breathing somewhat of human infirmity, in consequence of his imprisonment. Thou didst promise never to give me up to the will of mine enemies, and yet thou hast done so. But Jeremiah misunderstood God's promise, which was not that he should have nothing to suffer, but that God would deliver him out of sufferings (Jer 1:19). (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
 

Jer20:10I hear many whispering, "Terror on every side! Report him! Let's report him!" All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, "Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him."

The hypocrites really did not whisper softly. They probably wanted Jeremiah to here their mocking of him. (All my friends) With friends like that no one needs enemies. They were just waiting for a chance to get revenge for pointing out of their sins.

Jer20:11But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

I have in times of discouragement felt the strengthening hand of the Holy Spirit. Jeremiah's tone has changed.  He has his feeling in control and knows he cannot fail for God's hand is strong upon him.

Jer20:12O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

Jeremiah did have this prayer to God answered as we shall see later in this book

Jer20:13Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. 14Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
15Cursed be the man who brought my father the news, who made him very glad, saying, "A child is born to you-- a son!" 16May that man be like the towns the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing in the morning, a battle cry at noon. 17For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.
18Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame? (NIV)

God has strengthened this Prophet but he has been greatly shamed by the foul treatment his fellow countrymen have showered upon him. He wishes he had never been born to see such happening to his country.  He knows the war coming and it is horrible in his mind.
 

Jer 21:1-14
CHAPTER 21

Jer21:1The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah. They said: 2"Inquire now of the LORD for us because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the LORD will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us."

My what a change! The Babylonian armies have come. The mouths of the false prophets are closed.  The king sends to the real prophet of God for help and prayer to God.  Now they want to hear from God.  Of course they only want to hear that God will do the kind of wonder a He did in Hezekiah's time. But Hezekiah was a Godly King. Not so with Zedekiah.

Jer213But Jeremiah answered them, "Tell Zedekiah,
4'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babylonians who are outside the wall besieging you. And I will gather them inside this city.
5I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm in anger and fury and great wrath.
6I will strike down those who live in this city-- both men and animals-- and they will die of a terrible plague.

This is a strong message from God that Jeremiah is sending in response to the King's request.  Kings usually do not take kindly to such a message.

Jer21:7After that, declares the LORD, I will hand over Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who seek their lives. He will put them to the sword; he will show them no mercy or pity or compassion.'

Now The Lord God informs the King what is going to happen to him both inside the city and after they loose the battle.

Jer21:8"Furthermore, tell the people, 'This is what the LORD says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.
9Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; he will escape with his life.
10I have determined to do this city harm and not good, declares the LORD. It will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.'

Always remember that when the people do not like God's message they blame the messenger. Any one leaving the city might well be considered a traitor. What about one that would bring such a message? God always speaks the truth. What is spoken by God in verses 8-10 is very soon to happen.

Jer21:11"Moreover, say to the royal house of Judah, 'Hear the word of the LORD;
12O house of David, this is what the LORD says: "'Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it.

God directly speaks to the royal house of Judah. Administer Justice every morning.  This has not been done in Jerusalem for many, many years. -- Rescue from the hand of the robbers in Jerusalem. Do it or my wrath will burn like fire because of your evil.

Jer21:13I am against you, [Jerusalem,] you who live above this valley on the rocky plateau, declares the LORD-- you who say, "Who can come against us? Who can enter our refuge?" 14 I will punish you as your deeds deserve, declares the LORD. I will kindle a fire in your forests that will consume everything around you.'" (NIV)

The message now turns to the common people of Jerusalem.  They were as evil as their rulers.  They depend upon the walls of Jerusalem and the large water reservoir of water they had stored between the walls of Jerusalem plus the large store of food.  But God said He would punish them as they deserved.  Hunger, thirst and plague will be their lot.

Jer 22:1-30
CHAPTER 22

Jer22:1This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there: 2'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne-- you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.
3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah had to go down to the palace of the King. Deliver this sharp message for the King to begin doing what was right (which he had never done)

1. rescue the robbed ones from the oppressors 2. do no wrong to the alien, 3. no wrong to the fatherless or the widow 4. do not shed innocent blood in this place.

All of these things the King and or his officials were doing the opposite on a regular basis.  Was Jeremiah's stomach a little queasy? Only his firm trust in God could make him say these thing to the King.

Jer22:4For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.
5But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.'"
6For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah: "Though you are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon, I will surely make you like a desert, like towns not inhabited.

These are great rewards for obedience.  The enemy army would have to be dealt with by God Himself.  The Lord tells the king how precious he is to the Lord himself but if these commands are not carried out He will make Jerusalem and Judah like a desert.

Jer22:7I will send destroyers against you, each man with his weapons, and they will cut up your fine cedar beams and throw them into the fire.
8"People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?'
9And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.'"
10Do not weep for the dead [king] or mourn his loss; rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled, because he will never return nor see his native land again.

Failure to obey these commands have brought the destroyers and they will destroy till the city is no more. Don't weep for the dead but for the exiled because he will never return or see his native land again.

Jer22:11For this is what the LORD says about Shallum son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return.
12He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."

Shallum Son of Josiah a captive in Babylon at this time.

1 Chr 3:15
1Chr3:15 The sons of Josiah were Johanan the firstborn, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum.
 

Jer22:13"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.

This King was robbing the people making them work for nothing.  This is something very obnoxious to the Lord God.

Jer22:14He says, 'I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.' So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red. 15"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. 16He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD.

His father did what was right in the sight of God.  His father had food and drink.  This is what God knows is the necessary things of life. A massive cedar palace was not needed. To defend the cause of the poor and needy was necessary in God's sight.

Jer22:17"But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."
18Therefore this is what the LORD says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: "They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!' They will not mourn for him: 'Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!'
19He will have the burial of a donkey-- dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem."

What an end for a king. Donkeys were just dragged out of the way, . Nebuchadnezzar started to take him to Babylon and then changed his mind and left him unburied out side of Jerusalem.

Jer22:20"Go up to Lebanon and cry out, let your voice be heard in Bashan, cry out from Abarim, for all your allies are crushed.
21I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me.
22The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness.

Cry out to all those who you made alliances with. God warned him when he felt secure. He would not listen.  Those who will not heed the word of God have an eternal bad end as well as a temporal bad end.

Jer22:23You who live in 'Lebanon,' who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!
24"As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.

This was Jerusalem where many of the Houses were made of the Cedars of Lebanon.

A signet ring was considered a precious thing a seal perhaps of authority . God used this illustration to show Jehoiachin that he was as good as gone.

Jer22:25I will hand you over to those who seek your life, those you fear-- to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians.
26I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die.
27You will never come back to the land you long to return to."
28Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot, an object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast into a land they do not know?

God was in the process of cleansing His land. Sin in all forms was rampant. Vile worship of Baal and many other Idols polluted the land. The common people were treated worse than slaves.

Jer22:29O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!
30This is what the LORD says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah." (NIV)

This was king of the line of David would not have any of his children on David's throne. How then can a son of David set upon the throne of David forever?  There was a son of David born in Bethlehem of Judah. This Son was crucified upon a Roman Cross buried and raised again on the third day. Ascended to heaven and is scheduled to come back on the, Day of the Lord to raise His followers from their graves and change those remaining into their new eternal incorruptible bodies. And He, Jesus will sit upon the throne of David forever.

Jer 23:1-40
CHAPTER 23

Jer23:1"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD.
2Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD.

The shepherds are those given authority over God's flock.

The priests and political leaders of Judah will have the direct punishment of God upon them.  He who has taken upon himself or had leadership bestowed upon him, has a responsibility to God for his actions or failure to act.  The more authority the position has, the greater the punishment for failure to do as God directs.

Jer23:3"I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.
4I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

Taking all the items the Lord indicates here, this can only be the Millennial reign of Christ. (nor will any be missing) This part of this wonderful promise of God will it seems not be possible till the Millennial period on earth.  Much gathering has gone on to date and is continuing but there are still more Jews in the United states than in Israel. Also there are great numbers in many countries around the world. Only God knows just who among them are truly of Israel. Paul said that all who were born Jews are not true Jews.

Jer235"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.

Can any one deny that this is the Messiah that is spoken of here? There is no doubt that this Messiah is indeed Jesus of Nazareth, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Jer23:7"So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when people will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
8 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land."

A new focus for the people of Israel. For the Messiah the Christ. will be so much in the hearts and souls of every Son of Abraham by faith that this redemption will completely overshadow the exodus from Egypt for this exodus from around the world will be an exodus from sin as well as an exodus from the world that hates all who are people of Jehovah God.

Jer23:9Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.

The Spirit of God appears to be so heavy upon the prophet that he trembles all over. The scriptures say do not be drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit. This man was so filled with the Spirit that he was almost overcome physically.

Jer23:10The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the desert are withered. The [prophets] follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.
11"Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness," declares the LORD.

These adulterers the prophet speaks of are spiritual adulterers. The they are worshipers of Idols as well as physical adulterers. The land is cursed because of the sin of the people. Prophet and priest are both Godless. Wickedness even in God's temple.

Jer23:12"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
13"Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.
14And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah."

These leaders of Judah are just like those of the northern 10 tribes of Israel. Their punishment will be in the form of a disaster.  They will suffer for every evil deed in a horrible way this appears to be what God is telling them.  Nothing is worse to God than leading his people away from Him.  Whether the last statement indicates they are homosexual or not is not clear but a possibility.

Jer23:15Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: "I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land."

The false prophets will eat bitter food and drink poisoned water. God has watched these preachers spread wickedness around His land. They will all have a special punishment for leading God's people into sin.

Jer23:16This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
17They keep saying to those who despise me, 'The LORD says: You will have peace.' And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, 'No harm will come to you.'

Prophets speaking false hopes and visions that did not come from God.  Peace and safety. But these are lies and they are spoken to hardhearted stubborn hearted people. Harm was on the way but there were none that believed it.

We have many false prophets today. They say much the same thing. You only have to send them a, "Seed offering" and you will receive much money in return. You cannot buy God with seed offering given to get more money any more than the false prophets of Judah could bring the peace and plenty they prophesied.

Jer23:18But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?
19See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
20The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.

Not one of these prophets had come to God for his message. Because of this the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath. The anger of the Lord will not be turned back till He had finished His purpose.

Jer23:21I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.
22But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

God completely denies that these prophets have any connection to Him.  If they had been His they would have turned the people to him instead of away from Him.

Jer23:23"Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?
24Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.

Who can hide from The Lord God Almighty? A great blue whale could walk across the United States easier than anyone could hide from the Lord. Jehovah God is every place. As he tells us in verse 24 He fills heaven and earth.

Jer23:25"I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'
26How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? 27They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship. 28Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD.

Let the false prophets with a dream go ahead and speak it to their damnation.  But let the one who has the word of the Lord speak faithfully.

God compares the false teaching to straw and His word as grain. Let the fools eat straw but let the faithful of God eat the good grain from the Lord God that will be able to satisfy their souls.

Jer23:29"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
30"Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.
31Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.'
32Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD.

The fiery Judgment of God, is upon these who declare falsely concerning the will of God. God is very specific about the false prophesies, the dreams the prophets claim to have had and then others pick them up and spread them to all the people.  I have seen false prophets (preachers) doing much the same thing in our day.

Jer23:33"When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the oracle of the LORD?' say to them, 'What oracle? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.'

Jeremiah is instructed by God to tell those who mockingly ask him what the burden (Oracle) of the Lord is tell them, I will forsake you, declares the Lord.

This is a message they did not want to hear and perhaps did not believe but it was what God was going to do with them.

Jer23:34If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' I will punish that man and his household.
35This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: 'What is the LORD's answer?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?'

God has special punishment for those who keeps talking about the Lord's burden or answer. This is a gross hypocrisy that the Lord has had enough of.  Stop your false and apparent interest in the word of the Lord when what they say comes from their own wicked mind.

Jer34:36But you must not mention 'the oracle of the LORD' again, because every man's own word becomes his oracle and so you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God.
37This is what you keep saying to a prophet: 'What is the LORD's answer to you?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?'
38Although you claim, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' this is what the LORD says: You used the words, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' even though I told you that you must not claim, 'This is the oracle of the LORD.'
39Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your fathers.
40I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace-- everlasting shame that will not be forgotten." (NIV)

God appears to be furious at the continued pretense by the false prophets who make up claims of what the word of God is. The word of God is a sacred word. They were gong to be cast off not just in this world but with an everlasting disgrace and ever lasting shame.  God has here recorded it for all the world to read and tremble at the thought of being false concerning God's will.

 

Jer 24:1-10
CHAPTER 24

Jer24:1After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the craftsmen and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the LORD.

The fig tree represents Jacob. The two baskets were in front of the temple. Showing that these represented a spiritual condition of Jacob specifically Judah.

Jer24:2One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very poor figs, so bad they could not be eaten.
3Then the LORD asked me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "Figs," I answered. "The good ones are very good, but the poor ones are so bad they cannot be eaten."

This indicated two separate groups of the people of Israel.

Jer24:4Then the word of the LORD came to me:
5"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians.

When the battle came God preserved the best of the people of Jerusalem and Judah. These were taken away to Babylon.  How did God do this?  The same way that he preserves his children now. When the end times come God will somehow preserve many of His children in ways we cannot understand.  When the Antichrist comes into power many of God's people will be imprisoned and many killed. We are totally in the hands of God almighty. If we trust Him everything will turn out for each of God's children.  To die Paul said is gain to live is Christ. One thing we can be sure of is that God will do the best thing for each of us.

Jer24:6My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them.
7I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

These good figs of Israel will be cultivated and built up. They are the future of Israel. These will return to God with all their hearts.

Jer24:8"'But like the poor figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,' says the LORD, 'so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the survivors from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt. 9I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, an object of ridicule and cursing, wherever I banish them.10I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their fathers.'" (NIV)

The condition of a person's heart will determine how God deals with them. The bad figs of Israel will give Jeremiah great trouble.  Their evil hearts.  Zedekiah and all his evil officials will make great trouble for themselves and for Jeremiah. Some will escape death when Jerusalem falls but will flee into Egypt and there hated and despised the sword will find and destroy them.

God placed a curse upon the descendents of Zedekiah son of David. None of his descendents could ever sit upon the throne of David. Joseph son of David was one of these descendents. He could not sit upon the Throne of David. Mary came from a different line and she was impregnated with the seed of God. So the corrupt line of Zedekiah is not involved in the birth of the Messiah. Joseph of course was a tool in God's hands to give public acceptance of Mary while pregnant and afterward.

Jer 25:1-38
CHAPTER 25
 

I hope that your will notice that the book of Jeremiah is not put together like any other of the books of the Bible.

In the last chapter, Jeremiah was talking of things concerning the people who had already been captured by the Nebuchadnezzar's army. This section is after 23 years of his prophetic work but Jeremiah served the Lord God for many more years.

Several sections of Jeremiah's prophesies are not in chronological order. That is they are not displayed in the book in the sequence in which they were written. They appear to be made up of separate prophesies made at different periods of Jeremiah's life and collected together by Jeremiah or a scribe close to Jeremiah.

Why this was done only God can answer for this entire Bible is a work of God. Be very sure they are gathered together in the order God wants them.

Jer25:1The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

The writing is specific. This concerns all of Judah from kings and noblemen to peasants and slaves. No one of Judah can say this prophesy does not apply to me but only to others.

Jer25:2So Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people of Judah and to all those living in Jerusalem:
3For twenty-three years-- from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day-- the word of the LORD has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.
4And though the LORD has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention.
5They said, "Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the LORD gave to you and your fathers for ever and ever.
6Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not provoke me to anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you."

For 23 years Jeremiah had brought the word of Jehovah God to these people and they had refused to listen and obey.  All God's true prophets called upon the nation to repent and cast off the idolatry the worship of these false gods. God warns that it was possible to make Him angry.  This important information about God is totally missing from present day teaching coming from the majority of pulpits. God was very long suffering concerning the people of Judah but there is a limit to God's patience.

Jer25:7"But you did not listen to me," declares the LORD, "and you have provoked me with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves."
8Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: "Because you have not listened to my words,
9I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.

God calls Nebuchadnezzar his servant. The Lord intends to send this Servant King to do the Lord's business. Punishing the wicked people of God was a mighty job and God has just the servant of his that could and would do it.

Jer25:10I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
11This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12"But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt," declares the LORD, "and will make it desolate forever.

There will be no joy and gladness as the whole country will become a desolate wasteland. Why a wasteland.  This land flowed with milk and honey when occupied by God's people while living right.  In their absence the land produced little or nothing.

For Seventy sevens the land of Israel had not observed the Jubilee. They had robbed the poor of their inheritance. They had not forgiven the debts. The rich became richer the poor had lost all that their families once had as inheritance. 

In 1948 Israel became a nation in a day. The land has flourished since then. Travelers in Palestine before this described it as a wilderness. Now that God's people have been brought back It has become a fruit basket for Europe.  No one cared for this wilderness till God brought the Jews back.  Now the world hates Israel because the world hates the true God.

Jeremiah prophesies that this period of exile will continue for 70 years. Daniel the prophet read Jeremiah an at the end of the seventy years prayed for the return.  That return lasted till they crucified the Messiah then a few years later the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in 70 AD.  

Following the seventy year Exile God punished Babylon and it was to become a wasteland.  Saddam Hassam attempted to rebuild Babylon but it is still a haunt of Foxes and other wild animals. God said that Babylon would be desolate forever.  

Jer25:13I will bring upon that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations.
14They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands."

These Prophesies were fulfilled and appear to be still in active fulfillment even to this current time.

Jer25:15This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: "Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.
16When they drink it, they will stagger and go mad because of the sword I will send among them."

Was the cup a real cup? Of course it was real physically and even more important spiritually. This was a cup of God's wrath. It appears that it was filled to the brim. Years and centuries since it is still operating.

Jer25:17So I took the cup from the LORD's hand and made all the nations to whom he sent me drink it:
18Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn and cursing, as they are today;
19Pharaoh king of Egypt, his attendants, his officials and all his people,
20and all the foreign people there; all the kings of Uz; all the kings of the Philistines (those of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and the people left at Ashdod);
21Edom, Moab and Ammon;

Starting at Jerusalem then the towns of Judah the wrath poured out. On to Egypt an all there, The kings of Uz are not even known in history; The cities of the Philistines are empty today of Philistines but the curse remains upon Gaza. Edom is devoid of people. Moab and Ammon, the territory of Jordan the wrath has fallen and will again.

Jer25:22all the kings of Tyre and Sidon; the kings of the coastlands across the sea;
23Dedan, Tema, Buz and all who are in distant places;
24all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the foreign people who live in the desert;
25all the kings of Zimri, Elam and Media;

Note, God is indicating all of the middle east and Africa. This naming of nations for God's wrath is far from over. Notice the "King of the coastlands across the sea! How far across the sea? As far across the sea as the sins of the world exist!

Jer25:26and all the kings of the north, near and far, one after the other-- all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. And after all of them, the king of Sheshach will drink it too.

The entire world is going to face the wrath of God. Daniel heard from an angel who prophesied a seven year period. This seven year treaty the Antichrist will have with Israel will be divided into two equal parts each 3 1/2 years long.  The first half of the seven years is in the total control of the Antichrist. The last three and one half years

will be the WRATH OF GOD PERIOD. This is also referred to by many Prophets in the Old Testament as the DAY OF THE LORD. This is the time that the last and greatest fulfillment of this Prophesy will happen. The description of this in the Seventh Seal of Revelation is chilling indeed.

Jer25:27"Then tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink, get drunk and vomit, and fall to rise no more because of the sword I will send among you.'
28But if they refuse to take the cup from your hand and drink, tell them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: You must drink it!
29See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all who live on the earth, declares the LORD Almighty.'

Drink, get drunk on God's wrath. They Of Jerusalem and around the world have no choice but to drink from the cup of God's wrath. That cup will never run dry until the Great White Judgment of God ends with all the wicked of all ages cast into the lake of fire.

Jer25:30"Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them: "'The LORD will roar from on high; he will thunder from his holy dwelling and roar mightily against his land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the earth.
31The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,'" declares the LORD.
32This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth."

It would take a great twist of Scripture not to see the world shaping up for the culmination of this cup being poured out and it seems that this cup just pours more and more for the wickedness of the entire world now has no parallel except in the time of Noah.  The wrath poured out upon Judah and Jerusalem was just as small thing compared with the wrath that will fall when the DAY OF THE LORD COMES.  Know from God's word that His Church will not have to go through this period of wrath, that Jesus says will be greater than any tribulation before and will never happen again. This Prophesy of Christ's is to be fulfilled it appears, in the last three and a half years of Daniel's seven years.

Jer25:33At that time those slain by the LORD will be everywhere-- from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned or gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.

This verse confirms that the fullness of His wrath is intended by God. The book of Revelation tell us how an Angel of the Lord will call to the birds of the air to come to the feast the Lord God has prepared for them.

Jer25:34Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall and be shattered like fine pottery.
35The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape.
36Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture.
37The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
38Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the LORD's fierce anger. (NIV)

The leaders of all people have been the wealthy. They have always had, security people, of one kind or another.  When trouble comes they have been able to withdraw inside castles and high walled cities and villages.  In Judah the prophet declares that the leaders the, shepherds, are the ones who will weep and wail.  Their time has come. These are the ones who lead the people away from God.  The good times are coming to and end for them.

This has always been the case.  America has been the wealthiest nation in the world.  This is coming to an end for, these are end times for the world and God is about to take the same type of vengeance upon the leaders of America, Europe and the world.

The four Horsemen of Revelation will soon begin their ride. Then God will open the Day of the Lord and the whole world will see what real trouble is all about.  Praise God that He has promised us that we will not have to go through His wrath when poured out upon this world. But that period of Wrath of God in for the last 3 1/2 years of the seven year treaty the antichrist will make with Israel. There will be 3 1/2 years of Satan's tribulation upon the Saints of God see the book of Daniel and believe God's word.

Jer 26:1-24
CHAPTER 26

Jer26:1Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the LORD:
2"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD's house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word.
3Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from his evil way. Then I will relent and not bring on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.

It is always God's desire to do good and pleasant things to His People. God told Jeremiah to stand in the temple Courtyard an speak to the people coming from the towns of Judah.  These would be more likely to listen than people of Jerusalem.  God wanted his message heard by all the people that had any interest in the temple.

God does not give up till it is totally useless to continue His message. And all have heard the message.  For He will not punish with severity those who have not heard. God was sending a disaster upon these people and wanted every one to hear and have a chance to repent turning from their Idolatry and begin serving Him from their hearts.

Jer26:4Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: If you do not listen to me and follow my law, which I have set before you,
5and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened),
6then I will make this house like Shiloh and this city an object of cursing among all the nations of the earth.'"
7The priests, the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speak these words in the house of the LORD.

What happened at Shiloh?

Ps 78:59-61
59When God heard them, he was very angry; he rejected Israel completely. 60He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent he had set up among men. 61He sent [the ark of] his might into captivity, his splendor into the hands of the enemy. (NIV)

God's anger at Israel was great as their sin was great. So God abandoned Shiloh and now The Lord is going to abandon the temple for the same reason. These words were not spoken just to the leaders but to all the people.

Jeremiah did as God had instructed him to do. Just as he always did as a true Prophet of his Lord and Savior.

Jer26:8But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the LORD had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the people seized him and said, "You must die!
9Why do you prophesy in the LORD's name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be desolate and deserted?" And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.

The message God gave to Jeremiah was not a crowd pleaser! It was a message of treason as far as they were concerned. They were ready to kill him. 

Does God think like a man?  Of course not.  God is a righteous person.  The world does not know righteousness and is not wanting to hear it mentioned.  This is especially true when it comes to the consequences connected to not obeying the Lord.

Jer26:10When the officials of Judah heard about these things, they went up from the royal palace to the house of the LORD and took their places at the entrance of the New Gate of the LORD's house.
11Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and all the people, "This man should be sentenced to death because he has prophesied against this city. You have heard it with your own ears!"

Because Jeremiah had prophesied against the City and the Temple the priest and others wanted him condemned to death.

Jer26:12Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard.
13Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.
14As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.
15Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing."

Boldness was not necessarily a part of the character of Jeremiah but here he spoke boldly.  The Spirit of the lord was upon him and I am sure the people sensed this.

Though they did not want to repent and be obedient to God they did not want to bring upon themselves blood guilt.

Jer26:16Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, "This man should not be sentenced to death! He has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."

It was the Priests and Prophets (false prophets) that were angry because Jeremiah was teaching just the opposite to what they were teaching. Peace and fullness of everything.

The officials and all the people were against the Priests and Prophets.  These rejected the viciousness of  these apostate Priests. Jeremiah had given his message in the name of God.

Jer26:17Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,
18"Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: "'Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.'

Assyria was coming against Judah at that time. Micah prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem at that time.

Here was confirmation of Jeremiah's message was from God.  Micah the prophet in the past had a similar message.  All of God's true Prophets are in agreement. It is well to search the scripture and know what God has in store for us.

Jer26:19"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah fear the LORD and seek his favor? And did not the LORD relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster on ourselves!"

In Hezekiah's time the King and people called upon God in sackcloth and ashes and God lifted his great hand and saved Jerusalem with great power as an angel of God visited the camp of the enemy  and 185,000 enemy warriors died in one night. These elders recognized the same God could do the same for them.  I notice a difference here.  They mentioned Hezekiah's seeking God's favor but not how Hezekiah sought God's favor.  There is no mention of repentance here. Knowing what happened in Hezekiah's time and refusing to repent in the same way made their guilt even greater.

They realized though that to treat God's messenger in this way would assure the disaster would fall upon them but maybe God would relent and not bring this disaster.

Jer26:20(Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did.
21When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt.
22King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt, along with some other men.
23They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)

The killing of prophets in Israel was a common practice. Jesus spoke sternly about this very thing. He ask, which of the prophets have you not killed?

Matt 23:33-36
Matt23:33"Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
34"Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
35"that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36"Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. (NKJ)

 

Jer26:24 Furthermore, Ahikam son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death. (NIV)


AHIKAM [a HIGH kumm] (my brother has risen)-- a son of Shaphan and an officer in King Josiah's court. He was a member of the delegation sent by Josiah to the prophetess Huldah <2 Kin. 22:12-14 >. He helped protect the prophet Jeremiah from the persecutions of King Jehoiakim < Jer. 26:24 >.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Jer 27:1-22
CHAPTER 27

Jer27:1Early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2This is what the LORD said to me: "Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck.

Oxen were yoked in ancient Israel and Judah to plow the fields. This indicates the most menial form of servitude. After he made the yoke and put it on he had a message to send.

Jer27:3Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah.
4Give them a message for their masters and say, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Tell this to your masters:
5With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.
6Now I will hand all your countries over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.

The Lord God is sending the same message to the surrounding countries that He has given to Israel. Nebuchadnezzar, God's servant was going to subject all of them as The Lord God directs.

Jer27:7All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him.
8"' "If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand.

God is wonderfully concise in the prophesies delivered to His prophet. The 3 kings of Babylon would reign till that nations time came then many nations and king would subjugate that land. This was fulfilled during reign of to the third king (grandson) who saw the hand writing on the wall. Then the Meads and Persians defeated Babylon.

Jer27:9So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.'
10They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish.
11But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the LORD." '"

This message promised life in their own land for those who would be subjected to Nebuchadnezzar.  Otherwise they would be taken into captivity. God controls this world. He controls every ruler, every person in all but their personal choice of serving The Lord God. This frightens me concerning the United States.  We have a Godless President and he is leading our country to destruction. This can only lead into the one world government of the Antichrist.

Jer27:12I gave the same message to Zedekiah king of Judah. I said, "Bow your neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon; serve him and his people, and you will live.
13Why will you and your people die by the sword, famine and plague with which the LORD has threatened any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

Jeremiah was being faithful to God but no one believed God's message.  Many thought the prophet was a traitor.

Jer27:14Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon,' for they are prophesying lies to you.
15'I have not sent them,' declares the LORD. 'They are prophesying lies in my name. Therefore, I will banish you and you will perish, both you and the prophets who prophesy to you.'"

Again and again God warned the people of Judah and Jerusalem not to believe the lying prophets who constantly prophesied peace. Banishment was the consequence of believing them.

Jer27:16Then I said to the priests and all these people, "This is what the LORD says: Do not listen to the prophets who say, 'Very soon now the articles from the LORD's house will be brought back from Babylon.' They are prophesying lies to you.
17Do not listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this city become a ruin?

The precious Gold and silver bowls and instruments of the temple were taken By Nebuchadnezzar in his first conquest of Jerusalem. The temple prophets were telling the people they were soon to be returned. Back in Jer 25:11 Jeremiah prophesied seventy years of servitude to Babylon. Then following that the Temple would be rebuilt with the Bowls and other instruments brought back to the second temple.

He called upon them to serve the King of Babylon and live. The city would not be destroyed if they did that.

Jer27:18If they are prophets and have the word of the LORD, let them plead with the LORD Almighty that the furnishings remaining in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem not be taken to Babylon.
19For this is what the LORD Almighty says about the pillars, the Sea, the movable stands and the other furnishings that are left in this city,
20which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away when he carried Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem--

Nebuchadnezzar did not totally strip the temple when the conquest came. Jeremiah names a number of valuable temple articles left and prayer should be made that these also not be taken. They would not be taken, neither would Jerusalem be destroyed if the King and people repented and returned to the Lord God.

Jer27:21yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the things that are left in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem:
22'They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,' declares the LORD. 'Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.'" (NIV)

God had declared the rest of the possessions of the King and the temple would be taken to Babylon and stay there till God himself brought them back. This would happen under King Cyrus the Mead.

Jer 28:1-17
CHAPTER 28

Jer28:1In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the LORD in the presence of the priests and all the people:
2"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the LORD's house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon.
4I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,' declares the LORD, 'for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.'"

This false prophet stood in the house of God and spoke lies. I cannot think of a more dangerous act that anyone could possibly perform. I feel sure that his man wanted to please the crowd. Also maybe deep in his heart he wanted these things to happen. But, to declare that God has spoken these words is blasphemy.

Jer28:5Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD.
6He said, "Amen! May the LORD do so! May the LORD fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the LORD's house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.

This is just what Jeremiah wanted to happen though he knew that it would not.

Jer28:7Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people:
8From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.
9But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the LORD only if his prediction comes true."

I can almost see the redness breaking out on Hananiah's face. He had to do something to try and save face.

Jer28"10Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it,
11and he said before all the people, "This is what the LORD says: 'In the same way will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.'" At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.

Jeremiah said no more, Hananiah had set himself up to be exposed as a false prophet.

Jer28:12Shortly after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
13"Go and tell Hananiah, 'This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron.
14This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.'"

A wooden yoke is one thing but an iron yoke is quite a different thing altogether this yoke proved to be hellish itself. God promised Hananiah a personal iron yoke plus a separate yoke for all these nations. Interestingly God will give Nebuchadnezzar control of the wild animals.  Were these animals four footed ones or those with two legs? Most likely both four legged animals and two legged animals.

Jer28:15Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, "Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies.
16Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the LORD.'" 17In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died. (NIV)

Jeremiah, told Hananiah, just what his iron yoke would be. DEATH a yoke that no man can remove from their neck. Only Jesus can remove the yoke of death and the consequences of that yoke.

Jer 29:1-32
CHAPTER 29
 

Jer29:1This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
2(This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the artisans had gone into exile from Jerusalem.)
3He entrusted the letter to Elasah son of Shaphan and to Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. It said:

This is an introductory note by an unknown scribe detailing when and to whom the Letter Jeremiah was sending to the captives in Babylon.

Jer29:4This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
5"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
6Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.
7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

Jeremiah sends God's word to the captives instructing them as to how they are to live.  Many because of false prophets the people were not making provision for the long stay before they would return. Just as God had to let the children of Israel wonder for forty years in the wilderness till the slave mentality in the older people was removed by death, so the wicked idolatrous ones would be removed by death.  God would then have a better group of Jews to work with.

Jer29:8Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.
9They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them," declares the LORD.
10This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place.

God has a timetable and here he reveals to the exiles what that time table is.  Seventy years!  That is quite a long period. Certainly time for them to build houses and settle down. The false prophets have kept alive the hope of a soon return.  This was not going to happen for God had not yet cleansed the group who would return.

Jer29"11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
14I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

This is God's promise to Israel.  Like most prophesies, there is a double fulfillment. The first fulfillment in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. The second fulfillment in 1948 when Israel became a nation.  Much of this is for the second fulfillment.

Jer29:15You may say, "The LORD has raised up prophets for us in Babylon,"
16but this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all the people who remain in this city, your countrymen who did not go with you into exile--
17yes, this is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send the sword, famine and plague against them and I will make them like poor figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten.
18I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth and an object of cursing and horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them.

These who claim to be prophets in Babylon have a very different story to tell about the ones left in Judah and Benjamin. They are told to listen what God really thinks of the King on David's throne in Jerusalem. God is going to send a great tribulation on them.  The people know all about bad figs that cannot be eaten. The Lord calls those left in Jerusalem, "Bad Figs", They get a picture of how repulsive they are to God. The sword, (war), famine, and plague (sickness of all kinds). That is the future of the ones still in Judah.

Jer29:19For they have not listened to my words," declares the LORD, "words that I sent to them again and again by my servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either," declares the LORD.
20Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.
21This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: "I will hand them over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes.

Those at home and those in exile, neither group have listened to God's words. He names the prophets who are keeping the people stirred up.  Nebuchadnezzar will only need to hear of the seditious preaching of these false prophets and his sword will take care of them in the sight of the people.  He was not kind or genteel with rebels.

Jer29:22Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: 'The LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.'
23For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and in my name have spoken lies, which I did not tell them to do. I know it and am a witness to it," declares the LORD.

The names of these two, a false prophet and a king, was to become a standard curse the exiles of Babylon would use when they wanted the destruction of an enemy. Maybe they could keep their adulterous activities hidden from most people but nothing is hidden from God.

Jer29:24Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite, (two false prophets in Babylon)
25"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,
26'The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any madman who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.
27So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?
28He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.'"

These two false prophets were telling lies in the name of the Lord. They wanted God's prophets killed. This came  in response to God's message to the exiles.

Jer29:29Zephaniah the priest, however, read the letter to Jeremiah the prophet.
30Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
31"Send this message to all the exiles: 'This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has led you to believe a lie, 32this is what the LORD says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the LORD, because he has preached rebellion against me.'" (NIV)

To ancient peoples including the Jews the thought of their entire family being wiped out was a fearsome thing to think about. God pronounced this curse upon them for their rebellion against the Almighty God.

Jer 30:1-24
CHAPTER 30

Jer30:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
3The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,' says the LORD."

Write on a scroll all the words I have spoken to you.  God wants the perseveration of His words for future generations. After the destruction of Jerusalem, Jeremiah is not told to speak but to write for the Jews were scattered now as was Israel. All ages need the word of God no matter where they are.

Jer30:4These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
5"This is what the LORD says: "'Cries of fear are heard-- terror, not peace.
6Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale?
7How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

"Jacob's trouble" This sends a chill down my spine. This is the time of the end of the age. It will begin on the opening day of the day of the Lord.   Cries of fear.  Why is the Antichrist now standing in the temple declaring himself to be God? Are not the vicious soldiers of the Beast in the city?  How the earth has trembled.  The mount of Olives has split down the middle. Half moving north and half moving south. We must flee through that valley from these ungodly tyrants.

This is the time Zechariah spoke of in chapter 14

Zech 14:3-5
Zech14:3Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. (KJV)

Did you see the Saints (Christians) among us ascending to meet the Messiah in the Air?  But Daniel in the first verse says:
 

Dan 12:1
Dan12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

 

Jer30:8"'In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. 9Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

From this time on, all Israel will be saved. All whose names are written in the Lambs book of Life.

Jer30:10"'So do not fear, O Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, O Israel,' declares the LORD. 'I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
11I am with you and will save you,' declares the LORD. 'Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.'

God has promised to bring the exiles back. It has already well begun. More than 6 million Jews live in Israel today and thousands more come on a regular stream.  Remember Paul the Apostle said that not all who are of Israel are Israel.  There are those who are believers in God who will accept the Messiah on that day. Their names are written in the book and God will redeem them.

Jer30:12"This is what the LORD says: "'Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing.
13There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you.
14All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would and punished you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so great and your sins so many.

Israel had a wound that could not be healed. All her allies have gone they never cared for her. God has punished with a just but harsh punishment because of the great guilt, the many sins she had.

Jer30:15Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.
16"'But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

God has punished Israel but each one who harmed Israel will be devoured. Remember a scripture.  He that curses you I will curse. He who blesses you I will bless. Woe to the nation or people who curses the apple of God's eye, for that nation will be cursed by God. The scripture tells us that Israel is the Apple of God's eye.

Zech 2:8
Zech2:8For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you-- for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye-- (NIV)

 

Jer30:17But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'
18"This is what the LORD says: "'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.

Some of this has already started to happen. The second temple was rebuilt by Zerubbabel and again destroyed again because of Israel's sins. There will be at least one more temple before the Lord's second coming. That temple is being built part by part now. The building itself cannot be built just now but following the Gog/Magog war will built in God's good time. 

Jer30:20Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them.
21Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD.

This ruler of course will be Jesus Christ son of David and SON OF GOD. Notice how God describes His relationship and closeness with Jesus.

Jer30:22"'So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'"
23See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. 24The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this. (NIV)

For a full treatment of what God is going to do in these end times notice when the seventh seal of Revelation is broken and the wrath of God in full force pours out upon this wicked world. God's purpose is to have a world of Righteousness. That of course means no sin.

Jer 31:1-40
CHAPTER 31

Jer31:1"At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they will be my people." 2This is what the LORD says: "The people who survive the sword will find favor in the desert; I will come to give rest to Israel."

The people will flee to a refuge in the desert (Petra/Sela ) where God's shadow will protect them while God takes care of the Antichrist with many unique applications of His wrath on the Antichrist and his followers. The Army (flood of waters) the antichrist army will be swallowed up by the earth as they storm after the fleeing saints of God.

Jer31:3The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. 4I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.
5 Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. 6There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, 'Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.'"

God will build up "virgin Israel"  How can a wicked woman become a virgin once more? Only by being born anew by the power of a loving God through His son Jesus Christ. It is that remade Israel who will gather and plant their vineyards in Samaria. Then all Israel will want to go up to Zion and worship the Lord God of Hosts. 

Only those whose names are written in God's book of life will be there.

Jer31:7This is what the LORD says: "Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, 'O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.'8See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. 9They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

This gathering is underway but millions of Biological Israelites have no interest in returning to their native land.  All who are of God's remnant of Israel will eventually return. The words above speak of the final return perhaps even during the millennial reign of Christ. There is much from time to time that is not totally clear but as the time of the end draws ever nearer much more will be clear.  Daniel was told to seal the information up till the end.  The seal has now been largely broken and end times information is becoming ever clearer as we see the clouds of the Gog/Magog war gather around Israel. Be assured the Gog/Magog war is NOT the battle of Armageddon as some have claimed. It will be fought before the Antichrist comes on the scene or about the same time.

Jer31:10"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.' 11For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. 12They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. 13Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. 14I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty," declares the LORD.

The Lord will Ransom Jacob.  God will redeem Israel from Satan by the hand and Strength of Jesus of Nazareth God's own Son. This is a spiritual redeeming that Israel so sorely needs.  The Joy this brings in the changed and beautified Israel will make them jump and dance with glee.  This will be true prosperity. Not the accumulation of wealth by greed but the true bounty of the Lord God. The gracious comfort of the Lord.

Jer31:15This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more."

When all male children two years of age and younger are butchered by the vicious King Herod that is great cause of weeping. This of course is a prophesy of what would happen in Bethlehem after the visit of the Wise Men of the East. Where and when God places some prophesies in His word gives us a great challenge in placing them where they are fulfilled.  I often hear preachers say that all the prophesies of the Old Testament have been fulfilled.  This is foolishness or much worse.  I can name many that have not been fulfilled and would challenge a debate with any one sincere about knowing the word.

Jer31:16This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD. "They will return from the land of the enemy. 17So there is hope for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children will return to their own land.

The Lord gives hope and comfort to those who He had to send away for their own good. Hope for the future, your children will return to their own land.  This happened once and is happening again, I believe for the last time. The Rabbis of Israel are seeing the future war with Russia and the Arab nations shaping up. This will be a part of Jacob's troubles.

Jer31:18"I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.
19After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'

This is an interesting word from God. He knows where the ten Lost tribes of Israel are. They have not been out of His site for a moment. God has heard their repentant agony of heart. If this was not true repentance on Ephraim's part God would not have taken notice.

Jer31:20Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him," declares the LORD.

God will bring all the tribes back even Dan if there are any survivors of Dan. Of the tribes listed among those each furnishing 12,000 young men as first fruits of saved Israel, Dan is not among them. There may not be any survivors of Dan This is a mystery that will probably not be revealed till we are all with God in Heaven. (See Rev. ch 7)

Jer31:21"Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, O Virgin Israel, return to your towns. 22How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter? The LORD will create a new thing on earth-- a woman will surround a man."
23This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless you, O righteous dwelling, O sacred mountain.'

Take the right road back to Israel. A woman will surround a man. (This was the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus) The Land of Israel is not yet a righteous dwelling. The sacred mountain is at present corrupted with a Heathern Temple and Mosque. These prophesies are for the time Jesus sets up His kingdom and reigns for a thousand years. It is possible that the start of the Millennial  Reign may be within a decade. (Written 2011) 

Jer31:24People will live together in Judah and all its towns-- farmers and those who move about with their flocks.
25I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."

A pastoral scene. One that the people looked back and remembered.  A time of peace and joy. A time of growing up and growing old in safety. God tells us that this will be how it will be when Jesus sets up his kingdom on this earth.

Jer31:26At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
27"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will plant the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals.

God can speak to us while we are sleeping or awake and so it was at that time with the prophet.  I once had an unusual dream concerning what I may be assigned to do. It was intriguing. I will not relate it for I feel it is quite private my wife alone has heard it.

This planting of Israel has begun and I pray will continue with no break till Jesus sets up his kingdom.

As the Prophet awoke God continued to talk to him.

Jer31:28Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD. 29"In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'
30Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes-- his own teeth will be set on edge.

The Lord promises the same diligence in building up His people as when it was necessary to chastise them.  The people had the saying concerning punishing children for what their father had done.  God said each one would be responsible for their own sin. The father for his sins and the son for his. Watch, that you eat no sour grapes. (sin)

Jer31:31"The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
32It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the LORD.

This new covenant is with the stock of Israel as was the old covenant. That covenant was a covenant of law. The old covenant was The LAW of God. Do and live or if you sin come to the temple with a blood sacrifice for forgiveness, your sins could be covered. This covenant was flawed because of the weakness of man. The law was perfect but imperfect man could not handle it. Only Jesus the Son of God was able to live a sinless life.

Jer31:33"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
34No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Just how will God put his law into the minds of imperfect men?  He has got to change man. How? By making him into a new man by the regeneration of his soul. This is done by Jesus Christ, the New Birth, the birth of the spirit. Praise God for His wonderful mercy.

God's law is written on the hearts of True believers in in the Lord Jesus. Early in the day of the Lord all Israel will turn to Jesus Christ when they see the redeemed of the Lord ascend up to meet Jesus in the air. Rev.1:7 says: Every eye shall see Him. (Jesus)

Jer31:35This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-- the LORD Almighty is his name:  36"Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me."

There must be many who have not read these words. Maybe they believe God was just clowning. Regardless, Hitler believed that, The super people, Germans) had replaced Israel as the Chosen people and proceeded to do his best to wipe out those who God had replaced with his church. (Roman Church)

I have read so called Christian ministers who believe the Church has replaced Israel as the chosen people. God who cannot lie has declared that only if these decrees that He pronounced to Jeremiah could vanish from His sight will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me. I think the substitution of the Church for Israel, is called replacement theology.  It is heresy. It is unbiblical. Paul the Apostle himself declared that in the end times, "then all Israel will be saved."  We are grafted into the stock of Israel. We have not started a new stock. Of course Jesus is the true vine and He came not to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. God has called Israel the Apple of His eye. Be very careful how you treat Israel. Obama has cursed Israel by his actions and policies.  Him will God curse.  Pray that this curse will not overflow to us who bless Israel in our prayers and support.  

Jer31:37This is what the LORD says: "Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done," declares the LORD.

Can the heavens be measured? There is continually new "ESTIMATES OF THE SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE. These very in the order of billions of light years.  If you are so simple as to believe this is any measure of the universe, well I can't believe anyone is that simple.

As far as the foundations of the earth are concerned there is much searching and attempts to discover the various layers of the earth and what they are composed of. Theories abound concrete information is very scarce. There is no way man can do any of these.  A program was started several years ago to drill through the crust to the region below to find out what was there.  The liberal left in congress killed the bill after spending millions and just before the goal was reached. Had the goal been reached we would not have been any closer to really searching out the foundations of the earth.

Jer31:38"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when this city will be rebuilt for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.
39The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah.
40The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished." (NIV)

The city has been rebuilt twice. But notice a qualification on this rebuilding God sets!

Every time that Jerusalem has been rebuilt it was for the benefit of the people. let me quote the Lord God about this rebuilding of Jerusalem.

"when this city will be rebuilt for me"

During the great tribulation which will be the wrath of God period, the last three and a half years of Daniel's prophesy, every wall will fall down flat all over the world. Since Jerusalem is in the world this seems to include Jerusalem.

During the Kingdom period where Jesus rules and reigns for a thousand years, a new temple will be built and a rebuilding of Jerusalem will happen and that rebuilding will be for God.

Jer 32:1-44
CHAPTER 32

Jer32:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah.3Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, "Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, 'This is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.
4Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape out of the hands of the Babylonians but will certainly be handed over to the king of Babylon, and will speak with him face to face and see him with his own eyes. 5He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, where he will remain until I deal with him, declares the LORD. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.'"

The time location and message God had given to Jeremiah and the King's response is in this section. A brave prophet confident in the Lord was necessary to bring this message.  The king thought the message to be treason of course it was not for it was God's truth. Why King Zedekiah thought Jerusalem could succeed in opposing the mighty army that surrounding them is a mystery to me.
 

Jer32:6Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me:
7Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, 'Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.'
8"Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, 'Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.' "I knew that this was the word of the LORD;

God's ways and knowledge are not ours. This is what is called a no-brainer it is so obvious. When God spoke to Jeremiah about the relative coming to ask him to buy the field God reminded the Prophet that it was his duty and right. When his cousin came with the request Jeremiah knew it was of the Lord.

Jer32:9so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. 10I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. 11I took the deed of purchase-- the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy--

The transaction was given in detail.  The money was not in coins but pieces of silver that needed to be weighed on a scales.

I took the evidence of the purchase, both sealed ... and ... open. Two deeds were drawn up in a contract of sale; the one, the original copy, witnessed and sealed with the public seal; the other not so, but open, and therefore less authoritative, being but a copy. Gataker thinks that the purchaser sealed the one with his own seal, the other he showed to witnesses, that they might write their names on the back of it and know the contents; and that some details-e. g, the conditions and time of redemption-were in the sealed copy, which the parties might not choose to be known to the witnesses, and which were therefore not in the open copy. The sealed copy, when opened after the 70 years' captivity, would greatly confirm the faith of those living at that time. The "law and custom" refer, probably, not merely to the sealing up of the conditions and details of purchase, but also to the law of redemption, according to which, at the return to Judea, the deed would show that Jeremiah had bought the field by his right as next of kin (Lev 25:13-16). (Ludovicus de Dieu.)
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
 

Jer32:12and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.
13"In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions:
14'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time.
15For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.'

This was God's way of emphasizing the fact that Judah would once again be brought back to their inheritance.

Jer32:16"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD:
17"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
18You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers' sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty,

Jeremiah is sad because the punishment God sends upon the sinful fathers has a great effect upon their children.  This is always the case. What we do effects our children and makes the greatest impact upon their relationship to the Lord God.  Jehovah God through the Lord Jesus can and does use the punishment of parents to draw many close to Him in Salvation.  Seeing how my earthly father lived as an alcoholic made me want to avoid this at all costs.  The Lord laid His hand on me and saved and has blessed me for more than eighty years. Praise His Holy Name.

Jer32:19great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve.

God's purposes are beyond finding out but they are always for the ultimate good of the individual that follows Him.  Seeing that God rewards according to our conduct, this should make one think long and hard before they break God's moral law.

Jer32:20You performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt and have continued them to this day, both in Israel and among all mankind, and have gained the renown that is still yours.

God is still in the miracle business. Many years ago The Lord God healed me of a heart condition that when I was in the Hospital the doctor told my wife not to go home for I was going to die and she should be there.  The last time I was in that heart doctor's office he showed me the ekg's and other evidence of my heart condition insisting the evidence  showed I had a heart condition.  He was amazed, he could not find any evidence that I had a heart problem of any kind or that I had ever had one. That was back in about 1974. When God does a miracle He does a bang up job. (written 2011).

Jer32:21You brought your people Israel out of Egypt with signs and wonders, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. 22You gave them this land you had sworn to give their forefathers, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey you or follow your law; they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disaster upon them.
24"See how the siege ramps are built up to take the city. Because of the sword, famine and plague, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians who are attacking it. What you said has happened, as you now see.

The problems of all men are the result of sin. Many innocent people are caught up in problems because of other peoples sin.  The siege ramps built up against the walls of Jerusalem were stark evidence that God will do just what He promised to do in every case. Not only then but now also. The world is in the same horrible shape now as it was in the time of Noah. Jesus said this would be the case when He returned. Watch out for those who say we as children of God in Jesus Christ will not go through the Antichrist tribulation.  We will not go through the WRATH OF GOD PERIOD which is the last three and a half years of the prophesy in Daniel.

Jer32:25And though the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, you, O Sovereign LORD, say to me, 'Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.'"
26Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:

Jeremiah seems to be confused as to why God wanted him to buy the field using money he could well spend on his necessities. So God once again reminded the Prophet of the total reason for the disaster and what He was going to do later.

Jer32:27"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
28Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who will capture it.
29The Babylonians who are attacking this city will come in and set it on fire; they will burn it down, along with the houses where the people provoked me to anger by burning incense on the roofs to Baal and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods.
30"The people of Israel and Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; indeed, the people of Israel have done nothing but provoke me with what their hands have made, declares the LORD.
31From the day it was built until now, this city has so aroused my anger and wrath that I must remove it from my sight.
32The people of Israel and Judah have provoked me by all the evil they have done-- they, their kings and officials, their priests and prophets, the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem.
33They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.
34They set up their abominable idols in the house that bears my Name and defiled it.
35They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.

It seems that each of the sinful things the people of Israel and Judah have done had provoked the Lord and He has come to the end of His patience, knowing that in these conditions they will never change.  The Lord must remove them from this place for there ever to be any hope for Israel as a nation.

Jer32:36"You are saying about this city, 'By the sword, famine and plague it will be handed over to the king of Babylon'; but this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
37I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.
38They will be my people, and I will be their God.

God again repeats the fact that He will bring His people back from all the lands to which they have been banished.  This is God's program.  He brought them back once that the temple and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  They stayed till they crucified The Lord Jesus.  God again knew that they would have to be banished again till the end time while He built His Church.  Now The Lord has brought them back, I think for the last time.  The dry bones of the valley of dry bones have been revived by God and Israel is once again a nation.  Far from perfect but God will do the perfecting in the hearts of all of them in His remnant in His own time and way.

Jer32:39I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.
40I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.
41I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

This is God's plan for Israel and the world. The Lord God Almighty had this plan before He created the world. He will carry out this plan to perfection. Oh the beauty of God's plan. The wonder of its fulfillment.

Jer32:42"This is what the LORD says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.
43Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, 'It is a desolate waste, without men or animals, for it has been handed over to the Babylonians.'
44Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD." (NIV)

God has never promised to protect the sinner from their wicked ways. We are a free will people.  The Lord takes the only route open to Him to accomplish His will that will not violate our free will and many times this is far from pleasant, the way God straightens us out.

But God is going to accomplish His will in this world. He will work in His own mysterious way His wonders to perform.

Jer 33:1-26
CHAPTER 33

Jer33:1While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time:
2"This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it-- the LORD is his name:
3'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'

Jehovah is his name! What a wonderful promise from the Lord God. when we call Jehovah will answer you. There is much in this world that can be found from searching or research as men call that activity.  There is much more that only God can reveal to the searching heart.  We must call on the Lord as His children if we want revelation from God.

Jer33:4For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword
5in the fight with the Babylonians: 'They will be filled with the dead bodies of the men I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.
6"'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

The houses of Jerusalem will be filled with dead for God was hiding His face for He could not look upon the wickedness of that city and was not going to offer His help in this time of disaster.

This verse 6 is a prophesy for our times speaking in general terms for this is end times and the fulfillment of this prophesy will not come till Jesus comes and sets up his Kingdom then the complete fulfillment of this verse. The abundant peace and security is certainly not evident in Israel today.

Jer33:7I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.
8I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.
9Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.'

The promised return from captivity, the cleansing of sins then the renown, joy, praise and honor  God will gain from that. This again appears to be a reference to the Kingdom of God set up on earth by the King Of Kings, Jesus of Nazareth.

Jer33:10"This is what the LORD says: 'You say about this place, "It is a desolate waste, without men or animals." Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, there will be heard once more
11the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, "Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever." For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the LORD.
12"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In this place, desolate and without men or animals-- in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.
13In the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,' says the LORD.

This section is a prophesy of the condition of the land following the fall of Jerusalem. The time of the end will see great changes to Israel. Today Israel experiencing much of this renewal. It will be much greater in the Millennial reign kind of situation as God describes. The renewal of the land is promised of God and He will surely bring it to pass.  Some of this has already taken place on a smaller scale.

The Lord continues His enumeration of all he good things He will do in those days and How the land will blossom and Increase.

Jer33:14"'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15"'In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line; he will do what is just and right in the land.
16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.'
17For this is what the LORD says: 'David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel,
18nor will the priests, who are Levites, ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.'"

The gracious promise. The promise of the grace of God through the branch of David.  This righteous branch will sprout from David's line. Justice and love will flow down for this is the son of God sent through the line of David to sit on David's throne forever. He it is who will bring righteousness flowing down like a river. Bring a prosperity to Israel and the world with a fullness never seen before.

Why will there be sacrifices during the millennial reign of Christ Jesus? It would seem from several places back in the earlier scriptures that these things made a sweet smell to the Lord and It may be that this is the reason.  A dedicated life is also a sweet smell in God's nostrils. There is much controversy on this subject.  What ever the Lord has in store I will be pleased with it. So will you. 

Jer33:19The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
20"This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,
21then my covenant with David my servant-- and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me-- can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. 22I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.'"

What would it take to stop the rotation of the earth so that day and night would not come one following the other?  This would so disrupt the world that life would not long be possible.  God knowing this will not happen till he dissolves the elements following 1000 year reign of Christ. 

This of course gives God's seal on the fact that David will have a descendent on the throne forever and the covenant with the Levites and Priests ministering before me. Please recall that each of the saved of the Lord is a Priest of the Lord. Will God graft us all in as Levites?

Jer33:23The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
24"Have you not noticed that these people are saying, 'The LORD has rejected the two kingdoms he chose'? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation.

Were the people back then really saying this? perhaps they were but it is certain that is happening today. The revisionists of our day could well be called copy cats for they are saying the same thing. Israel is despised as a nation and as a people as no other people on the earth. Why?  They are God's chosen people and those who hate God hates the People of Israel.

What is Islam's call to prayer? "Allah is greater than the God of Jews and Christians".

Jer33:25This is what the LORD says: 'If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth,
26 then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.'" (NIV)

God established His covenant with day and night and fixed the laws of heaven and earth so God will always ordain that Jesus and His born again sons of God, will rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Jer 34:1-22
CHAPTER 34

Jer34:1While Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army and all the kingdoms and peoples in the empire he ruled were fighting against Jerusalem and all its surrounding towns, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Go to Zedekiah king of Judah and tell him, 'This is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it down.

3You will not escape from his grasp but will surely be captured and handed over to him. You will see the king of Babylon with your own eyes, and he will speak with you face to face. And you will go to Babylon.

You can be sure that Zedekiah did not like hearing this. He was an Eastern Potentate and their rule was absolute. Kings wanted those coming to them with messages to bring good news.  Jeremiah was not a Politician he was God's man with God's message.

He told the King that he would not escape but see the King of Babylon with his own eyes.

Jer34:4"'Yet hear the promise of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah. This is what the LORD says concerning you: You will not die by the sword;
5you will die peacefully. As people made a funeral fire in honor of your fathers, the former kings who preceded you, so they will make a fire in your honor and lament, "Alas, O master!" I myself make this promise, declares the LORD.'"
6Then Jeremiah the prophet told all this to Zedekiah king of Judah, in Jerusalem,
7while the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah that were still holding out-- Lachish and Azekah. These were the only fortified cities left in Judah.

The armies of Babylon were already in Judah when the Prophet went to the king. The message could not be called good except for the information to Zedekiah that he will be buried in state as fits a king of Israel.

Jer34:8The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves. 9Everyone was to free his Hebrew slaves, both male and female; no one was to hold a fellow Jew in bondage. 10So all the officials and people who entered into this covenant agreed that they would free their male and female slaves and no longer hold them in bondage. They agreed, and set them free. 11But afterward they changed their minds and took back the slaves they had freed and enslaved them again.

This people could not have be decent for any length of time. They were not supposed to have any Israelite slaves to begin with. This taking their slaves back after they had freed them was a very cruel thing to do but this seemed to be the nature of this people at this time in history.  

Jer34:12Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
13"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I made a covenant with your forefathers when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I said,
14'Every seventh year each of you must free any fellow Hebrew who has sold himself to you. After he has served you six years, you must let him go free.' Your fathers, however, did not listen to me or pay attention to me.
15Recently you repented and did what is right in my sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to his countrymen. You even made a covenant before me in the house that bears my Name.
16But now you have turned around and profaned my name; each of you has taken back the male and female slaves you had set free to go where they wished. You have forced them to become your slaves again.

They made a covenant with God and then broke it!  That is as dangerous a thing that I can imagine.  Their sin in taking back the slaves was bad. To break an agreement and pledge to Almighty God is total idiocy.

Jer34:17"Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim 'freedom' for you, declares the LORD--' freedom' to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.

This is quite a freedom God gives the breakers of this covenant with him. To fall by the sword, plague and famine. All of these are very bad but slavery is very bad also. Thumbing your nose at God is very, very bad. They, so to speak, cast their bread on the waters and this rotten bread is coming back to them and will make very bad eating.

Jer34:18The men who have violated my covenant and have not fulfilled the terms of the covenant they made before me, I will treat like the calf they cut in two and then walked between its pieces.

This of course was a ceremony of the Jews dedication of coming to God through the sacrifice. It was a picture of the people coming to God through the death of the Lamb of God.  The Lord considers this a very sacred ceremony. In canceling this they were telling God they did not really want to come to Him in salvation.  God said that they would be treated like the sacrificial lamb they rejected.

Jer34:19The leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the court officials, the priests and all the people of the land who walked between the pieces of the calf, 20I will hand over to their enemies who seek their lives. Their dead bodies will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth.
21"I will hand Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials over to their enemies who seek their lives, to the army of the king of Babylon, which has withdrawn from you.22I am going to give the order, declares the LORD, and I will bring them back to this city. They will fight against it, take it and burn it down. And I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there." (NIV)

Why do you suppose that the army of Babylon had withdrawn from Judah?  These people had made a covenant with the Lord. They had made this covenant with the most sacred of promises to free all of their Israelite slaves. Then the troops of Babylon went to fight the Pharaoh of Egypt.  The Pharaoh who had  accepted money to help Zedekiah ad were apparently coming to help against Nebuchadnezzar turned tail and fled back into Egypt. Now God was calling them back.  Don't fool with God or break a promise to Him.

Jer 35:1-19
CHAPTER 35

Jer35:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:
2"Go to the Recabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the LORD and give them wine to drink."

RECHABITES [REE kab ights]-- a Kenite tribe founded by Jonadab, the son of Rechab < Jer. 35:1-9 >. The Rechabites were convinced it was easier to live a godly life as nomads than in the settled life of the cities, where they would be tempted to compromise with idolatry and immorality. They did not drink wine or any other intoxicating drink; they chose to live in tents rather than houses; and they refused to plant crops or own vineyards. This strict life-style was similar to the law of the NAZIRITE < Num. 6:1-21 >.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Would this nomad people who had sought refuge in Jerusalem be true to their beliefs while in this den of Iniquity?

Jer35:3So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons-- the whole family of the Recabites. 4I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper.
5Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the men of the Recabite family and said to them, "Drink some wine."

God for His own good reasons tests all people.  Abraham was true when tested to sacrifice Isaac. I have been tested but not to Abraham's extent.  I suspect that the reader has been tested from time to time.  This house of the Recabites was now tested by God.

Jer35:6But they replied, "We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jonadab son of Recab gave us this command: 'Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. 7Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.' 8We have obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab son of Recab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine 9or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. 10We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jonadab commanded us.
11But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, 'Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.' So we have remained in Jerusalem."

They refused the wine. Their testimony that they had obeyed their forefather and would not drink wine.  They had passed this test and gave God the message He wanted.

Jer35:12Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying:
13"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem, 'Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?' declares the LORD.
14'Jonadab son of Recab ordered his sons not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather's command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.
15Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, "Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your fathers." But you have not paid attention or listened to me.

The great shame of these people is that here was a clan who was faithful to the teaching of their forefathers and the inhabitants of Jerusalem would not be faithful to one much greater than the forefather of the Recabites.

Jer35:16The descendants of Jonadab son of Recab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.'
17"Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.'"
18Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Recabites, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.' 19Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Jonadab son of Recab will never fail to have a man to serve me.'" (NIV)

Every one in Jerusalem would to have that disaster, pronounced by God, for their unfaithfulness.  God made a promise to the family of the Recabites, for their faithfulness. Though we are not told I have a very strong suspicion they quite suddenly left Jerusalem.

Jer 36:1-32
CHAPTER 36

Jer36:1And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2Take you a roll of a book, and write in there all the words that I have spoken unto you against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke unto you, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.

We are not told just that Jeremiah dictated to Baruch but not what he said. In studying the rest of the book of Jeremiah, you can learn all of Jeremiah's message.  This tells us of the attitude of the power structure of that day and its anti-God attitudes.

Jer36:3It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
4Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
5And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; (restricted from going) I cannot go into the house of the LORD:
6Therefore go you, and read in the roll, which thou have written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD's house upon the fasting day: and also you shall read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
7It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD has pronounced against this people.

BARUCH - The scribe or secretary of Jeremiah the prophet < Jer. 32:12-16; 36:1-32 >. A son of Neriah, Baruch was a member of a prominent Judean family. In the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim.
 

Jeremiah tried hard to wake his people up to what sin was doing to the nation. He loved his nation and people. He certainly did not like the sinful way of life they had adopted.

Jeremiah was not allowed at that time to enter the house of God.  For the priests did not like his prophesying the Word of The Lord. This loyal Scribe was commissioned to go to the temple and read the Prophetic warnings.

Jer36:8And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD's house.
9And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
10Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house, in the ears of all the people.

Baruch did all Jeremiah ask him to do. Faithfully he read Jeremiah's prophesy in the higher court of the temple.

Jer36:11When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
12Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
13Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.

Why Michaiah reported the prophesy to the king's house but it is impossible to know. It is reasonable that such solemn words from the Lord should be told to the king and all the leaders.  Maybe he knew what the reaction would be but maybe not.

Jer36:14Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them. 15And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.

They inquired of Baruch just how Jeremiah has delivered  this message to him. Then they wanted the Scribe to read them the prophesy.

Jer36:16Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.

These words chilled their souls and they looked at one another in fear. Most of them maybe all of them knew Jeremiah as a Prophet of God.  This to them was a message from God that struck fear in their hearts.

Jer36:17And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all these words at his mouth? (that is by dictation?)
18Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
19Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide you, you and Jeremiah; and let no man know where you are.

These men knew their king. They evidently believed the message and warned Baruch to go and hide himself and Jeremiah. The Judean King like The Pharaoh of Egypt would not listen or obey the word of the Lord. They did not want the Prophet hurt of killed.

Jer36:20And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
21So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
22Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
23And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

This shows an utter contempt for the word of the Lord. Many had been afraid but the King gave most of  the ones in attendance the courage to disbelieve the words of the Lord. The king cut and burned the words of Prophesy.

Jer36:24Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
26But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.

Neither the King or any of his servants had any fear.  Only fools will not fear before the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth.  What the king did was not only foolish but a direct slap in the face of God. They would all pay dearly for this great insult to God.

Jer36:27Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28Take you again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.
29And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus says the LORD; You have burned this roll, saying, Why have you written in there, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from there man and beast?

Jeremiah was ordered by God to make a copy of the Scroll. And God has another message for Jehoiakim King of Judah, recording how the king Ask, why you have written this thing that the Babylonian king will come and destroy this land.  The King thought the idea was ridiculous. But when God speaks, those not believing God's Judgment will suffer it all the same. 

Jer36:30Therefore this  the LORD says of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.

It has been reported that when Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon took the city he captured Jehoiakim the king and was going to take him to Babylon but at the last minute killed Jehoiakim and cast his body aside and left the country. God's true prophesy will always be fulfilled. Many false prophets have come and gone. Their prophesies now a laughing stock. God's word has been fulfilled again and again. All of the prophesies not yet fulfilled will be fulfilled in God's time. Many have claimed that all the Old Testament prophesies have already been fulfilled. These people evidently do not know or understand the Bible they claim to know. The Gog/Magog (Ezek 38 and 39) war has not been fought. (Daniel 12:1) When God's Angel brings the Remnant of Israel into the Kingdom. These are a few of many in God's word that have not been fulfilled but will certainly be fulfilled..

Jer36:31And I will punish him and his descendants and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they did not listen.
32Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote in it from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many more words.

Many have rejected the word of the Lord. Hell is full of them. God is a God of Love but He is also a God of Righteousness.  God wants His love to draw us and He wants His Righteousness to make us clean. Only those willing to submit to the Cleansing power of The Lord can be saved.

Jer 37:1-21
CHAPTER 37
 

Jer371Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he reigned in place of Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim.
2Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.
3King Zedekiah, however, sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: "Please pray to the LORD our God for us."

How typical it is that men want the protection and gifts of God but want nothing to do with the Righteousness and will of God. When Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah king after his father Josiah had died in battle against Egypt and his nephew Jehoiachin was taken captive to Babylon. Zedekiah swore and oath in the name of The Lord to Nebuchadnezzar in God's name to be true to him as a ruler in Jerusalem.

Jer37:4Now Jeremiah was free to come and go among the people, for he had not yet been put in prison.

 They had not put him into prison. He was no longer in the prison court, as he had been (Jer 32:2; 33:1); these  passages refer to the beginning of the siege of Babylonians. Not to the time when the Chaldeans renewed the siege of Jerusalem, after having withdrawn to meet the army of Pharaoh who was marching against them.

Jer37:5Pharaoh's army had marched out of Egypt, and when the Babylonians who were besieging Jerusalem heard the report about them, they withdrew from Jerusalem.
6Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet:
7"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of me, 'Pharaoh's army, which has marched out to support you, will go back to its own land, to Egypt. 8Then the Babylonians will return and attack this city; they will capture it and burn it down.' 9"This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not!

The Leaders of Jerusalem were relieved when the Babylonian army broke camp and left. The army of Pharaoh, who had been paid by the Jews to help them, was marching up from Egypt. Jeremiah told them why the Babylonians had left. They were coming back. The breaking of an oath spoken in the name of Jehovah or His Son is sacred to the Lord God. Notice what the Lord says in (2 Chron 36:13)

2 Chron 36:12-17

2Chron36:12He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke at the dictation of the Lord. 13He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who made him swear by God. He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14Also all the chiefs of the priests and the people trespassed greatly in accord with all the abominations of the heathen, and they polluted the house of the Lord which He had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15And the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent to them persistently by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16But they kept mocking the messengers of God and despising His words and scoffing at His prophets till the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, till there was no remedy or healing. 17Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or hoary-headed; He gave them all into his hand. AMP

Also note what Ezekiel says under the inspiration of God.

Ezek 17:19-20

Ezek 17:19-20Therefore thus says the Lord God: As I live, surely My oath [made for Me by Nebuchadnezzar] that [Zedekiah] has despised and My covenant with him that he has broken, I will even bring down on his own head.
20And I will spread My net over him, and he shall be taken in My snare; and I will bring him to Babylon and will enter into judgment and punishment with him there for his trespass and treason that he has committed against Me. AMP

Jesus tells us not to make oaths for to break an oath is a wicked thing in The lord God's sight. If no oath is made no oath can be broken in any circumstances.

Jer37:10Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down."
11After the Babylonian army had withdrawn from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's army,

Now that is a strong way of putting the message to the King. If he were able to defeat the entire Babylonian army, a ridiculous thought, all the king could do was hover behind the walls of Jerusalem while his whole country was savaged by the Babylonians.

He would be defeated if only wounded Babylonian warriors were all that were left they would defeat him.  It is difficult how God could indicant any stronger that He, The Lord God was the one guaranteeing that this wicked King would go into captivity.

Jer37:12Jeremiah started to leave the city to go to the territory of Benjamin to get his share of the property among the people there. 13But when he reached the Benjamin Gate, the captain of the guard, whose name was Irijah son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah, arrested him and said, "You are deserting to the Babylonians!"
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"That's not true!" Jeremiah said. "I am not deserting to the Babylonians." But Irijah would not listen to him; instead, he arrested Jeremiah and brought him to the officials.

Jeremiah had bought a piece of land from one of his relatives.  He was arrested at a gate of the city and accused by a hateful guard of deserting to the Babylonians. Had Jeremiah been able to go, he could have gotten supplies and money from his property.

Jer37:15They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison. 16Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time.

This so called vaulted cell was a pit into which a person would have to be let down into by a rope.  The pit was larger at the bottom than at the top making it impossible for a person to climb out.  Toilet facilities were a spot at the side of the pit. The prison was not at all the kind that one would call healthful or comfortable.

Jer37:17Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, "Is there any word from the LORD?" "Yes," Jeremiah replied, "you will be handed over to the king of Babylon."

Fresh from prison Jeremiah remained true to the Lord's message.

Jer37:18Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "What crime have I committed against you or your officials or this people, that you have put me in prison? 19Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, 'The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land'?

Jeremiah had committed no crime against people or King. He asks a pointed question. Where are your prophets who prophesied that the King of Babylon would not attack you or this land.  I am sure the King most probably did not know. These false prophets most likely had silently slinked away.

Jer37:20But now, my lord the king, please listen. Let me bring my petition before you: Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, or I will die there."
21King Zedekiah then gave orders for Jeremiah to be placed in the courtyard of the guard and given bread from the street of the bakers each day until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard. (NIV)

The king knew that only Jeremiah had told the truth. Though the Prophet had brought a message that the King most feared he knew that this Prophet was speaking words from God even though he feared to hear them.

Jer 38:1-28
CHAPTER 38

Jer38:1Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said,

2"This is what the LORD says: 'Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. He will escape with his life; he will live.' 3And this is what the LORD says: 'This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it.'"

This group of men hated Jeremiah and wanted to shut him up. They claimed that Jeremiah was teaching treason. It may soon be that in the United States of America that those speaking the word of God will see prison and death at the hands of ungodly men and women of our Govenrment.

Jer38:4Then the officials said to the king, "This man should be put to death. He is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin."
5"He is in your hands," King Zedekiah answered. "The king can do nothing to oppose you."
6So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

It appears that the King had lost his power in the city. These powerful men I feel sure were speaking in a very belligerent way. It is possible the king feared they would rebel.

This was a worse place than the pit in which he was imprisoned before. This was a cistern that normally had water in it but water was getting very scarce in Jerusalem along with food.  I can feel the despair upon the prophet.  God had said He would protect Jeremiah and now it appeared the time of his death was near. But God will always be faithful to His promises.

Jer38:7But Ebed-Melech, a Cushite, an official in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate,
8Ebed-Melech went out of the palace and said to him,
9"My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern, where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread in the city."

An Ethiopian (Cushite) official of the palace, went to the King and told the wicked way Jeremiah was treated.

Jer38:10Then the king commanded Ebed-Melech the Cushite, "Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."
11So Ebed-Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasury in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from there and let them down with ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.

The thirty men of course was to discourage anyone there from attempting to stop the rescue.

This Ethiopian had a kind heart. Not only was he rescuing Jeremiah but did not want him to suffer great discomfort in the rescue.

Jer38:12Ebed-Melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, "Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes." Jeremiah did so,
13and they pulled him up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

There I feel sure Jeremiah was given bread as long as any was baked.

Jer38:14Then King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and had him brought to the third entrance to the temple of the LORD. "I am going to ask you something," the king said to Jeremiah. "Do not hide anything from me."
15Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "If I give you an answer, will you not kill me? Even if I did give you counsel, you would not listen to me."

The King's request was for information from God. But Jeremiah knew what information he had and feared the King would kill him for reporting that to him. He was not one to listen to counsel and the Prophet knew it.

Jer38:16But King Zedekiah swore this oath secretly to Jeremiah: "As surely as the LORD lives, who has given us breath, I will neither kill you nor hand you over to those who are seeking your life."
17Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.
18But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be handed over to the Babylonians and they will burn it down; you yourself will not escape from their hands.'"

Jeremiah gave him God's promise that if he did not surrender to the Officers of the king of Babylon that the Babylonians would burn the city down and he, the king would not escape from their hands.  God gave him a way out but it appears he was too cowardly to accept it.

Jer38:19King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid of the Jews who have gone over to the Babylonians, for the Babylonians may hand me over to them and they will mistreat me."
20"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.

Jeremiah was asking the King to trust the word of the Lord. Jeremiah assured him the King of Babylon would not hand him over the those who had gone over to the Babylonians. The King knew these to be his enemies and he feared them. The alternative to surrender was death.

Jer38:21But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the LORD has revealed to me:
22All the women left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you: "'They misled you and overcame you-- those trusted friends of yours. Your feet are sunk in the mud; your friends have deserted you.'
23"All your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians. You yourself will not escape from their hands but will be captured by the king of Babylon; and this city will be burned down."

Jeremiah shows him the shame that will fall upon him if he does not surrender. To have the women of the Palace mock him in this way would be a shame beyond bearing for one from the middle east. But here was a man that could not face reality. Maybe things would not be that bad is the way cowards escape doing any thing unpleasant.

Jer38:24Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Do not let anyone know about this conversation, or you may die.
25If the officials hear that I talked with you, and they come to you and say, 'Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us or we will kill you,'
26then tell them, 'I was pleading with the king not to send me back to Jonathan's house to die there.'"
27All the officials did come to Jeremiah and question him, and he told them everything the king had ordered him to say. So they said no more to him, for no one had heard his conversation with the king.
28And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard until the day Jerusalem was captured. (NIV)

Jeremiah would not lie but he could and did report what the King had ordered him to say. The King had rejected once more the word of the Lord and his fate was sealed.

The King feared the Jews in Jerusalem as much or more than those who went over to the Babylonians.

Jer 39:1-18
CHAPTER 39

Jer39:1This is how Jerusalem was taken: In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it.
2And on the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the city wall was broken through.
3Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon.

The city was laid siege to about 1and 1/2 years:

 Ninth year ... tenth month - and on the tenth day of it (Jer 52:4; 2 Kings 25:1-4. From Jer 39:2, "eleventh year ... fourth month ... ninth day," we know the siege lasted one and a half years, excepting the suspension of it caused by Pharaoh. Nebuchadnezzar was present in the beginning of the siege, but was at Riblah at its close (Jer 39:3,6: cf. Jer 38:17, note).
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Jer39:4When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king's garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.
5But the Babylonian army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.

No one can successfully run away from the JUDGMENT OF GOD. This was exactly what Zedekiah attempted to do in fleeing. God had determined his fate after the King had refused God's offer of protection with safety from his enemies.

Jer39:6There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes and also killed all the nobles of Judah.
7Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon.
8The Babylonians set fire to the royal palace and the houses of the people and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
9Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard carried into exile to Babylon the people who remained in the city, along with those who had gone over to him, and the rest of the people.

This carnage was unnecessary for God had given the people a way out but they trusted their false prophets who had been wrong again and again. But maybe also their disposition of rebellion against God carried over into all factors of their lives. Most  all of the people were taken except the very poor.

Jer39:10But Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard left behind in the land of Judah some of the poor people, who owned nothing; and at that time he gave them vineyards and fields.
11Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard:
12"Take him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."
13So Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard, Nebushazban a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officers of the king of Babylon
14sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.

The Babylonian King knew the substance of the preaching of Jeremiah. Also God had said that this king was His servant. God had also promised Jeremiah that the protection of His, was upon the Prophet.  When God says that a person is under His protection it is certain. And he was able to return to his Home in safety.  

Jer39:15While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
16"Go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city through disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
17But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be handed over to those you fear. 18I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.'" (NIV)

This Ethiopian who had rescued Jeremiah from the deadly cistern where he was imprisoned was delivered by God from those who wanted his life.  God used Ebed-Melech to preserve Jeremiah. This Cushite/Ethiopian regardless of the name applied to his homeland trusted in the Lord God Jehovah and was preserved.


Jer 40:1-16
CHAPTER 40

Jer40:1The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon.
2When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, "The LORD your God decreed this disaster for this place.
3And now the LORD has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the LORD and did not obey him.
4But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don't come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please."

Jeremiah  was bound in the courtyard of the guard in the palace along with the others that the Babylonian soldiers were to take to Babylon. The commander of the Guard sought the Prophet till he was found and released. The message of God to the people of Jerusalem and Judah appears to have been well known at least to the leading officers of Babylon.

It seems strange to me that those who in our day see the destruction that came about because of the sins of the Jewish people, do not believe that the sins of today, the sins of this nation and world will cause a repeat of this kind of destruction will come on this world. Chaos and complete destruction of this world awaits God's timing.

Jewr40:5However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, "Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please." Then the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go.

Jeremiah was given a choice to live with the Governor of Judah appointed by Nebuchadnezzar or go anyplace he desired. Jeremiah chose to go back to the Governor and the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go.  This was a very unusual treatment by this fierce people but God's hand was upon Jeremiah and would remain upon him, though as a Prophet of God he would yet face trials.

Jer40:6So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.
7When all the army officers and their men who were still in the open country heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam as governor over the land and had put him in charge of the men, women and children who were the poorest in the land and who had not been carried into exile to Babylon,
8they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah-- Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of the Maacathite, and their men.

After the Babylonian Army had left, the word spread of peaceful conditions and the people and officers and men of the Judean army also came. The number began to grow.

Jer40:9Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. "Do not be afraid to serve the Babylonians," he said. "Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.
10I myself will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians who come to us, but you are to harvest the wine, summer fruit and oil, and put them in your storage jars, and live in the towns you have taken over."
11When all the Jews in Moab, Ammon, Edom and all the other countries heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah and had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, as governor over them,
12they all came back to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, from all the countries where they had been scattered. And they harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.

The conditions were improving and the people were prospering. The population continued to grow as many continued to come back from far places.

Jer40:13Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers still in the open country came to Gedaliah at Mizpah
14and said to him, "Don't you know that Baalis king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah to take your life?" But Gedaliah son of Ahikam did not believe them.
15Then Johanan son of Kareah said privately to Gedaliah in Mizpah, "Let me go and kill Ishmael son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your life and cause all the Jews who are gathered around you to be scattered and the remnant of Judah to perish?"
16But Gedaliah son of Ahikam said to Johanan son of Kareah, "Don't do such a thing! What you are saying about Ishmael is not true." (NIV)

Political minded men have often felt secure because of the power backing they have. This was doubly so for Gedaliah who had the power of the world's mightiest army backing him. Knowledge that the Ammonites were historical enemies of Israel evidently did not enter his mind. One might say a fool and his life are soon parted.


Jer 41:1-18
CHAPTER 41
 

Jer41:1In the seventh month Ishmael son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, who was of royal blood and had been one of the king's officers, came with ten men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating together there,
2Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land.
3Ishmael also killed all the Jews who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, as well as the Babylonian soldiers who were there.

When a man has a contract put out on his life he would do well not to invite the contract holder to dinner. The Killer was of Royal Blood and this was important for the governor to bow to. His last bow. The massacre was wide spread. I suspect that Ishmael had others not at the meal who were able to kill the unsuspecting Babylonian Soldiers.

Jer41:4The day after Gedaliah's assassination, before anyone knew about it,
5eighty men who had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes and cut themselves came from Shechem, Shiloh and Samaria, bringing grain offerings and incense with them to the house of the LORD.
6Ishmael son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he went. When he met them, he said, "Come to Gedaliah son of Ahikam."
7When they went into the city, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the men who were with him slaughtered them and threw them into a cistern.

This shows the viciousness of this one who so treacherously killed those who were coming to worship. He may had done it so he could gain the gifts an offerings intended for God's worship.

Jer41:8But ten of them said to Ishmael, "Don't kill us! We have wheat and barley, oil and honey, hidden in a field." So he let them alone and did not kill them with the others.

The probably promised this to him so that he would spare their lives.

Jer41:9Now the cistern where he threw all the bodies of the men he had killed along with Gedaliah was the one King Asa had made as part of his defense against Baasha king of Israel. Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with the dead.

Such viciousness will carry its own reward from God. A reward from the righteous God is to reward evil with the wrath of God. God does not always do His work in a day but in His own time and way.

Jer41:10Ishmael made captives of all the rest of the people who were in Mizpah-- the king's daughters along with all the others who were left there, over whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam. Ishmael son of Nethaniah took them captive and set out to cross over to the Ammonites.

After finishing his wickedness he was ready to be a complete traitor by going over to one of the worst enemies of Israel. He had a very large number of slaves now and slaves were wealth to such a slaver.

Jer41:11When Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him heard about all the crimes Ishmael son of Nethaniah had committed,
12they took all their men and went to fight Ishmael son of Nethaniah. They caught up with him near the great pool in Gibeon.
13When all the people Ishmael had with him saw Johanan son of Kareah and the army officers who were with him, they were glad.
14All the people Ishmael had taken captive at Mizpah turned and went over to Johanan son of Kareah.

When Ishmael saw the Army troops coming he evidently started running as fast as they could, cowards and murders they were.

The people were happy when this happened and they hurried to the Judean Army troops.

Jer41:15But Ishmael son of Nethaniah and eight of his men escaped from Johanan and fled to the Ammonites.
16Then Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him led away all the survivors from Mizpah whom he had recovered from Ishmael son of Nethaniah after he had assassinated Gedaliah son of Ahikam: the soldiers, women, children and court officials he had brought from Gibeon.
17And they went on, stopping at Geruth Kimham near Bethlehem on their way to Egypt
18to escape the Babylonians. They were afraid of them because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land. (NIV)

Jer 42:1-22
CHAPTER 42

Jer42:1Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest approached
2Jeremiah the prophet and said to him, "Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left.
3Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do."
4"I have heard you," replied Jeremiah the prophet. "I will certainly pray to the LORD your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the LORD says and will keep nothing back from you."

This is apparently a humble request from the army officers to God as to what they should do.  Many people then and today make up their mind as to what they want do and "surely God wants the same thing"!!!

Jrer42:5Then they said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the LORD your God sends you to tell us.
6Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God."

Here is a binding pledge to God that whatever He says that is what they will do.  Anyone making such a pledge and does not fulfill it has sinned greatly in God's sight and will have God's wrath upon them.  Many in our day do not appear to realize the seriousness God places upon this type of disobedience. You might get to heaven sooner than you wished in making a pledge to God and breaking it. With much fewer rewards.  Some may not get there at all.

Jer42:7Ten days later the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
8So he called together Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers who were with him and all the people from the least to the greatest.9He said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition, says:
10'If you stay in this land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I am grieved over the disaster I have inflicted on you.
11Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands.
12I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land.'
13"However, if you say, 'We will not stay in this land,' and so disobey the LORD your God, 14and if you say, 'No, we will go and live in Egypt, where we will not see war or hear the trumpet or be hungry for bread,'
15then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there, 16then the sword you fear will overtake you there, and the famine you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die.

God of course knew what was in their hearts and were determined to do. Did they trust God? Of course not. They had pledged to obey the Lord so God told them what would happen to them if they disobeyed Him.

Jer42:17Indeed, all who are determined to go to Egypt to settle there will die by the sword, famine and plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.'
18This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'As my anger and wrath have been poured out on those who lived in Jerusalem, so will my wrath be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You will be an object of cursing and horror, of condemnation and reproach; you will never see this place again.' 19"O remnant of Judah, the LORD has told you, 'Do not go to Egypt.' Be sure of this: I warn you today

20that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the LORD your God and said, 'Pray to the LORD our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.'
21I have told you today, but you still have not obeyed the LORD your God in all he sent me to tell you. 22So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle." (NIV)

The sword which they feared along with famine and plague which they also feared made the word of God a fearsome prospect for their future.  But man has always believed he is wiser than God. If they do go to Egypt they will all die there under the cursing and condemnation of the local rulers. Also Babylon's armies will come and death will wipe them out. God calls this a fatal mistake. Fatal sounds so permanent.
 

Jer 43:1-13
CHAPTER 43
 

Jer43:1When Jeremiah finished telling the people all the words of the LORD their God-- everything the LORD had sent him to tell them--
2Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, "You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, 'You must not go to Egypt to settle there.'

Calling the Prophet a liar! Indeed they were arrogant. When man has made up his mind to do something he knows in his heart that is right and anyone who says different is stupid or a liar.

Jer43:3But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon."
4So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the LORD's command to stay in the land of Judah.
5Instead, Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers led away all the remnant of Judah who had come back to live in the land of Judah from all the nations where they had been scattered.
6They also led away all the men, women and children and the king's daughters whom Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the `7So they entered Egypt in disobedience to the LORD and went as far as Tahpanhes.
 

This was a forced exodus it appears.  It mattered not what an individual wanted they had to go even Jeremiah.

Jer43:8In Tahpanhes the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 9"While the Jews are watching, take some large stones with you and bury them in clay in the brick pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes.
10Then say to them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them.
11He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.
12He will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive. As a shepherd wraps his garment around him, so will he wrap Egypt around himself and depart from there unscathed.13There in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.'" (NIV)

They would not believe the word of God given by Jeremiah. They could have stayed in Judah in safety instead they disobeyed God and now Jeremiah is to mark the place Nebuchadnezzar is to set up his tent when he conquers this land. Jeremiah was recognized by all as one who spoke as God directed him. The wicked it appears do not have sense enough to listen and prosper where God wants them to be.

Jer 44:1-30
CHAPTER 44

Jer44:1This word came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews living in Lower Egypt-- in Migdol, Tahpanhes and Memphis-- and in Upper Egypt:
2"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah. Today they lie deserted and in ruins
3because of the evil they have done. They provoked me to anger by burning incense and by worshiping other gods that neither they nor you nor your fathers ever knew.

God brought the memory of what happened in Jerusalem and Judah. The reason God had for reminding them was that the worship of Idols was that reason. The deserted ruins was plain that the worship of any god but the Living God brought destruction.

Jer44:4Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, 'Do not do this detestable thing that I hate!' 5But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods.

6Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today.
7"Now this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Why bring such great disaster on yourselves by cutting off from Judah the men and women, the children and infants, and so leave yourselves without a remnant?

Cause and effect: The people worshiped false God's the true God sent punishment. In our day God is just a loving God. (to many)  He will never punish the wicked no matter what they do. Rest assured God is the same today as He was in the days of the Old Testament Prophets.  God is a loving and Righteous God. He will save to the uttermost those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. But The Lord cannot tolerate sin.

His righteousness will not allow sin or sinner to come into His Holy Presence. We who are saved by God's Wondrous salvation can bring great sorrow and pain upon ourselves when we knowingly draw away from God in sin.

Jer44:8Why provoke me to anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves an object of cursing and reproach among all the nations on earth.
9Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your fathers and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?

God asks a reasonable question. Why provoke God to anger by worshiping other gods. Why destroy yourself? Have you forgotten the wickedness you and your fathers committed in Jerusalem and the disaster it brought on?

Jer44:10To this day they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your fathers.
11"Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disaster on you and to destroy all Judah.
12I will take away the remnant of Judah who were determined to go to Egypt to settle there. They will all perish in Egypt; they will fall by the sword or die from famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by sword or famine. They will become an object of cursing and horror, of condemnation and reproach. 13I will punish those who live in Egypt with the sword, famine and plague, as I punished Jerusalem.
14None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives."

God declares His condemnation and disaster upon all the people of Judah in all of Egypt.

Jer44:15Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, along with all the women who were present-- a large assembly-- and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt, said to Jeremiah,
16"We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD!
17We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.
18But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine."

The Queen of Heaven was not the only god this rebellious people were worshiping. They did have plenty as God spent long years trying to bring them back. They continued not only worshiping other gods but were wicked in the extreme. Murders, stealing, rape and so much more then God brought His Righteous judgment and they suffered greatly.  Some people are just to bullheaded to learn in my opinion.

Jer44:19The women added, "When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making cakes like her image and pouring out drink offerings to her?"

Then the woman had their say. They were as rebellious as their husbands.  They wanted Jeremiah to know with certainty that their husbands all knew what they did in worshiping the Queen of Heaven.

Jer44:20Then Jeremiah said to all the people, both men and women, who were answering him,
21"Did not the LORD remember and think about the incense burned in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem by you and your fathers, your kings and your officials and the people of the land?
22When the LORD could no longer endure your wicked actions and the detestable things you did, your land became an object of cursing and a desolate waste without inhabitants, as it is today. 23Because you have burned incense and have sinned against the LORD and have not obeyed him or followed his law or his decrees or his stipulations, this disaster has come upon you, as you now see."

The Prophet speaks sternly to the people that are so steeped in their wicked religion. He mentions that when God could not endure their wickedness any longer, He sent disaster and a blasted empty desolate land resulted.  Notice that it was not only the burning of the incense  but the abandoning the law of Righteousness, God's law.

Jer44:24Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including the women, "Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah in Egypt.
25This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have shown by your actions what you promised when you said, 'We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.'

"Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!
26But hear the word of the LORD, all Jews living in Egypt: 'I swear by my great name,' says the LORD, 'that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, "As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives." 27For I am watching over them for harm, not for good; the Jews in Egypt will perish by sword and famine until they are all destroyed.
28Those who escape the sword and return to the land of Judah from Egypt will be very few. Then the whole remnant of Judah who came to live in Egypt will know whose word will stand-- mine or theirs.

God said, Keep your vows to the Heathern god BUT listen to the oath God swears. All the Jews in Egypt will die except a very few. These people will come to know that the word of The Lord is the word that will stand.

Jer44:29"'This will be the sign to you that I will punish you in this place,' declares the LORD, 'so that you will know that my threats of harm against you will surely stand.'
30 This is what the LORD says: 'I am going to hand Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt over to his enemies who seek his life, just as I handed Zedekiah king of Judah over to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the enemy who was seeking his life.'" (NIV)

God gives them a sign to look for.  It will be very obvious, God's word is true. When Nebuchadnezzar sets up his Royal Throne over the stones Jeremiah placed in the pavement at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace.

Jer 45:1-5
CHAPTER 45

Jer45:1This is what Jeremiah the prophet told Baruch son of Neriah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, after Baruch had written on a scroll the words Jeremiah was then dictating:
2"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:
3You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'"
4 "Say this to him: 'This is what the LORD says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the land.
5Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.'" (NIV)

Baruch felt a great burden.  Woe is me he said. God said to him not to seek great things for great trouble was coming upon all. I suspect from God's word Baruch was shopping around seeking how he could profit from all this trouble. The Lord did not promise him relief from trouble but promised Baruch that He would let him escape with his life.

Remember also that God has not promised us a bed of Roses but persecution and hardship at times. 

2 Tim 3:12
2 Tim3:12Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)


Jer 46:1-28
CHAPTER 46

 

Jeremiah 46:1The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles;


He (
Jeremiah) begins with Egypt, being the country to which he had been removed. ( Jer 46 ) contains two prophecies concerning it-the discomfiture of Pharaoh-necho at Carchemish, by Nebuchadnezzar, and the long subsequent conquest of Egypt by the same king; also the preservation of the Jews (Jer 46:27-28 ).
General heading of the next six chapters of prophecies concerning the Gentiles. The prophecies are arranged according to nations, not by the dates.
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
 

Jer46:1This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:
2Concerning Egypt: This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:
3"Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle!
4Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor!
5What do I see? They are terrified, they are retreating, their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste without looking back, and there is terror on every side," declares the LORD.
6"The swift cannot flee nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall.
7"Who is this that rises like the Nile, like rivers of surging waters?
8Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers of surging waters. She says, 'I will rise and cover the earth; I will destroy cities and their people.'
9Charge, O horses! Drive furiously, O charioteers! March on, O warriors-- men of Cush and Put who carry shields, men of Lydia who draw the bow.
10But that day belongs to the Lord, the LORD Almighty-- a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will offer sacrifice in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.

Jeremiah brought the word of God following the death of Righteous King Josiah by Pharaoh Neco at Megiddo. Egypt would attack the Babylonian forces and Jeremiah prophesied this message from the Lord God of the great defeat of the Egyptian army. This prophesy was four years after Josiah's death. Pharaoh-Neco had touched one of God's righteous Kings of His people Judah.  His defeat was certain.

Jer46:11"Go up to Gilead and get balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt. But you multiply remedies in vain; there is no healing for you. 12The nations will hear of your shame; your cries will fill the earth. One warrior will stumble over another; both will fall down together."
13This is the message the LORD spoke to Jeremiah the prophet about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to attack Egypt: 14"Announce this in Egypt, and proclaim it in Migdol; proclaim it also in Memphis and Tahpanhes: 'Take your positions and get ready, for the sword devours those around you.'
15Why will your warriors be laid low? They cannot stand, for the LORD will push them down.

The Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar was coming to Egypt and will be able to totally defeat the Egyptian army. Announce this in Egypt. The Lord God will bring about this defeat.  Egypt had always brought trouble to Israel. Josiah was a very Godly King of Judah that Egypt killed.

 Jer-ver15"Why have your mighty ones become prostrate? They do not stand because the LORD has thrust them down. (NAU)

This translation of verse 15 makes the text clearer. God is the one who makes the Egyptian soldier unable to stand before the Babylonian army.

Jer46:16They will stumble repeatedly; they will fall over each other. They will say, 'Get up, let us go back to our own people and our native lands, away from the sword of the oppressor.' 17There they will exclaim, 'Pharaoh king of Egypt is only a loud noise; he has missed his opportunity.'

Egypt had many warriors from Cush and other places these were tall and mighty warriors but in the face of God's wrath against Egypt these confederates fled and will bring a bad report of Pharaoh.

Jer46:18"As surely as I live," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty, "one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea.

Tabor and Carmel are two mountains in Israel. The one coming is as unmovable as the two mountains.

Jer46:19Pack your belongings for exile, you who live in Egypt, for Memphis will be laid waste and lie in ruins without inhabitant.
20"Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.
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The mercenaries in her ranks are like fattened calves. They too will turn and flee together, they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them, the time for them to be punished.

A Gadfly is coming against her. Gadflies made livestock miserable. Horse flies and blow flies there are many species whichever one was most common in Egypt the message was clear.  Cattle would sometimes flee from a swarm of the biting Insects.

Jer46:22Egypt will hiss like a fleeing serpent as the enemy advances in force; they will come against her with axes, like men who cut down trees.
23They will chop down her forest," declares the LORD, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts, they cannot be counted.
24The Daughter of Egypt will be put to shame, handed over to the people of the north."
25The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to bring punishment on Amon god of Thebes, on Pharaoh, on Egypt and her gods and her kings, and on those who rely on Pharaoh.

God wants Egypt to know that He is the one empowering Nebuchadnezzar to so devastated Egypt. The Lord is showing Egypt once again that her gods are not real and have no power to help or protect.

Jer46:26I will hand them over to those who seek their lives, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and his officers. Later, however, Egypt will be inhabited as in times past," declares the LORD.

Though the devastation will be complete and most of the population will go into exile God informs them that Egypt will be inhabited as before.

Jer46:27"Do not fear, O Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, O Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
28Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you," declares the LORD. "Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished." (NIV)

Israel is given assurances from God that they will survive wherever the Lord scatters them. He will discipline but only with justice. Though he protects them from extinction he will not let them go unpunished. Their idolatry must be removed. Notice: Though I completely destroy all the nations (U.S. A. among them) which I scatter you. All the nations of the world will be destroyed during the wrath of God Period also called in Old Testament and New Testament the DAY OF THE LORD.

Jer 47:1-7
CHAPTER 47

Jer47:1This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh attacked Gaza:
2This is what the LORD says: "See how the waters are rising in the north; they will become an overflowing torrent. They will overflow the land and everything in it, the towns and those who live in them. The people will cry out; all who dwell in the land will wail
3at the sound of the hoofs of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots and the rumble of their wheels. Fathers will not turn to help their children; their hands will hang limp.
4For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to cut off all survivors who could help Tyre and Sidon. The LORD is about to destroy the Philistines, the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.

God had decreed that Tyre and Sidon would be destroyed. The Philistines were their allies. It took more than 12 years for Nebuchadnezzar to take Tyre.  These allies were going to be taken out of the picture.  They were going into exile themselves and no longer trouble Israel or help the two cities. Caphtor was probably Crete but this is uncertain.

Jer47:5Gaza will shave her head in mourning; Ashkelon will be silenced. O remnant on the plain, how long will you cut yourselves? 6"'Ah, sword of the LORD,' [you cry,] 'how long till you rest? Return to your scabbard; cease and be still.'
7But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, when he has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast?" (NIV)

The people cried for the sword of the Lord to be still. The sword had much vengeance to take for these idolatrous people who had plagued Israel so long. Their time had come and the sword of God in the hands of Nebuchadnezzar did not rest.
 

Jer 48:1-47
CHAPTER 48

Jer48:1Concerning Moab: This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Woe to Nebo, for it will be ruined. Kiriathaim will be disgraced and captured; the stronghold will be disgraced and shattered.
2Moab will be praised no more; in Heshbon men will plot her downfall: 'Come, let us put an end to that nation.' You too, O Madmen, will be silenced; the sword will pursue you.
3Listen to the cries from Horonaim, cries of great havoc and destruction.
4Moab will be broken; her little ones will cry out.

These cites, worshipers of Chemosh, with the burning of their children and other filth. They also had long been a thorn in the flesh of Israel and Judah. God used Nebuchadnezzar to punish many peoples. God had called him The Lord's servant. God will use a vessel that is very imperfect to punish those who are worse.

Jer48:5They go up the way to Luhith, weeping bitterly as they go; on the road down to Horonaim anguished cries over the destruction are heard.
6Flee! Run for your lives; become like a bush in the desert.
7Since you trust in your deeds and riches, you too will be taken captive, and Chemosh will go into exile, together with his priests and officials.
8The destroyer will come against every town, and not a town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau destroyed, because the LORD has spoken.
9Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste; her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.

These towns lay on the route the Babylonians traveled to invade Israel. Every town was wiped out and salted. A salted town would allow nothing to grow and so became totally desolate. Those who got away from the Babylonians could not come back.

Jer48:10"A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!
11"Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another-- she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.
12But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will send men who pour from jars, and they will pour her out; they will empty her jars and smash her jugs.
13 Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed when they trusted in Bethel.

God compares the worship of Chemosh to the Israelites of the northern tribes to their Golden calf worship in Bethel. These were abominable to God. God declared a curse upon any lax in doing the Lord's work.  Babylon was going to pour out Moab like a person pours water from a jug.

Jer48:14"How can you say, 'We are warriors, men valiant in battle'?
15Moab will be destroyed and her towns invaded; her finest young men will go down in the slaughter," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.
16"The fall of Moab is at hand; her calamity will come quickly.
17Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame; say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter, how broken the glorious staff!'
18"Come down from your glory and sit on the parched ground, O inhabitants of the Daughter of Dibon, for he who destroys Moab will come up against you and ruin your fortified cities.

Proud warriors of Moab will be destroyed. This is declared by God. Moab will be no more. Dibon a city in southern Israel and their villages will be destroyed as were the other Moabite cities. Moab captured these cities from Israel.

Jer48:19Stand by the road and watch, you who live in Aroer. Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping, ask them, 'What has happened?'
20Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered. Wail and cry out! Announce by the Arnon that Moab is destroyed.21Judgment has come to the plateau-- to Holon, Jahzah and Mephaath, 22to Dibon, Nebo and Beth Diblathaim, 23to Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul and Beth Meon, 24to Kerioth and Bozrah-- to all the towns of Moab, far and near.
25Moab's horn is cut off; her arm is broken," declares the LORD.
26"Make her drunk, for she has defied the LORD. Let Moab wallow in her vomit; let her be an object of ridicule.
27Was not Israel the object of your ridicule? Was she caught among thieves, that you shake your head in scorn whenever you speak of her? 28Abandon your towns and dwell among the rocks, you who live in Moab. Be like a dove that makes its nest at the mouth of a cave. 29"We have heard of Moab's pride-- her overweening pride and conceit, her pride and arrogance and the haughtiness of her heart. 30I know her insolence but it is futile," declares the LORD, "and her boasts accomplish nothing.

All of these cities will be destroyed. This proud boastful people will be taken captive and go into exile. The pride and insolence will be stopped.  She will be no more for a long time. She will be scorned by all for she has defied the Lord God. As Moab scorned Israel so will she be scorned.

The daughters of Moab are mentioned in Prophesy of endtimes. Moab women will be sheltered with Israelite fugitives fleeing from the antichrist.

Jer48:31Therefore I wail over Moab, for all Moab I cry out, I moan for the men of Kir Hareseth. 32I weep for you, as Jazer weeps, O vines of Sibmah. Your branches spread as far as the sea; they reached as far as the sea of Jazer. The destroyer has fallen on your ripened fruit and grapes.
33Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy. Although there are shouts, they are not shouts of joy.
34"The sound of their cry rises from Heshbon to Elealeh and Jahaz, from Zoar as far as Horonaim and Eglath Shelishiyah, for even the waters of Nimrim are dried up.

Does it seem strange to you that God would cry over Moab? That, though The Lord must punish them for their vicious sins, He is sorry over the necessity for doing this cleansing of the land. God is love and wishes all to prosper but not all will live the right way and all will not follow Him and receive forgiveness for their sin.

Jer48:35In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places and burn incense to their gods," declares the LORD. 36"So my heart laments for Moab like a flute; it laments like a flute for the men of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone. 37Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.

Shaving head an beard was done by the conquers. This was the condition of those captured by the Babylonians. Those without hair or beard were easy to identify as captives.

Jer48:38On all the roofs in Moab and in the public squares there is nothing but mourning, for I have broken Moab like a jar that no one wants," declares the LORD.
39"How shattered she is! How they wail! How Moab turns her back in shame! Moab has become an object of ridicule, an object of horror to all those around her."
40This is what the LORD says: "Look! An eagle is swooping down, spreading its wings over Moab.
41Kerioth will be captured and the strongholds taken. In that day the hearts of Moab's warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the LORD.
43Terror and pit and snare await you, O people of Moab," declares the LORD.
44"Whoever flees from the terror will fall into a pit, whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare; for I will bring upon Moab the year of her punishment," declares the LORD.

Captured people had much to wail about.  Most of the fighting men were dead, families  were broken up by the fierceness of the battles.  There was no hope in these people for anything except slavery or the sword. This has happened because Moab defied the Lord.

What will happen to America since she has defied the Lord?

Jer48:45"In the shadow of Heshbon the fugitives stand helpless, for a fire has gone out from Heshbon, a blaze from the midst of Sihon; it burns the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of the noisy boasters.
46Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
47"Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab. (NIV)

With disaster the Lord promises better days. He does not say how many days but God always keeps his promises. In that day judgment. When that judgment had accomplished its purpose God promised Moab would have his fortunes restored.


Jer 49:1-39
CHAPTER 49

Jer49:1Concerning the Ammonites: This is what the LORD says: "Has Israel no sons? Has she no heirs? Why then has Molech taken possession of Gad? Why do his people live in its towns?
2But the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will sound the battle cry against Rabbah of the Ammonites; it will become a mound of ruins, and its surrounding villages will be set on fire. Then Israel will drive out those who drove her out," says the LORD.
3"Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn; rush here and there inside the walls, for Molech will go into exile, together with his priests and officials.

Molech a false God to whom many small children were regularly sacrificed. Molech had a big belly open at the top in which large fires  were burned. This is the place babies and small children were placed and burned alive most of the time.

Now Gad was captured by them and the Ammonites were living among them. God has sentenced Ammon to exile. The worshipers of Molech will be gone.

Jer49:4Why do you boast of your valleys, boast of your valleys so fruitful? O unfaithful daughter, you trust in your riches and say, 'Who will attack me?'
5I will bring terror on you from all those around you," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. "Every one of you will be driven away, and no one will gather the fugitives.
6"Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites," declares the LORD.

Just as with Moab, God promises to restore the fortunes of the Ammonites.  These people were centered just east of the Transjordan tribes of Israel.

Jer49:7Concerning Edom: This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Is there no longer wisdom in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?
8Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time I punish him.
9If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? If thieves came during the night, would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
10But I will strip Esau bare; I will uncover his hiding places, so that he cannot conceal himself. His children, relatives and neighbors will perish, and he will be no more.

Edom as a nation and people will perish.  That is, there will no longer be an Edom. Jacob I loved said the Lord, Esau I hated. Just why God felt so strongly about Esau the scripture does not say.  We can only speculate that I was his strident giving himself to self-satisfaction, to the disregard of anything spiritual while the flesh was everything to him.

Remember the Edomites refused Israel passage from the Wilderness to the promised land.

Jer49"11Leave your orphans; I will protect their lives. Your widows too can trust in me."
12This is what the LORD says: "If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.
13I swear by myself," declares the LORD, "that Bozrah will become a ruin and an object of horror, of reproach and of cursing; and all its towns will be in ruins forever."

God wiped out the people of Edom the few children and widows God promised to protect their lives.  If we had the whole story of Edom we most likely would completely understand why God had them wiped out.

Jer49:14I have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, "Assemble yourselves to attack it! Rise up for battle!"
15"Now I will make you small among the nations, despised among men.
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The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill. Though you build your nest as high as the eagle's, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
17"Edom will become an object of horror; all who pass by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.

God had determined the wicked nation of Edom was to be destroyed. An envoy or ambassador was sent to   (strong's number 1471 gowy = a foreign nation ) this would of course be a (notice singular) gentile nation. It proved to be Babylon that responded.  This ambassador could have been an angel of god. This nation was very deserving of God's vengeance.

Jer49:18As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns," says the LORD, "so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it.
19"Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?"
20Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.

Sodom and Gomorrah and neighboring towns were overthrown. Never to be inhabited again. God uses them to compare Edom with them. So will Edom be.  Who is the one God will appoint to do this? Babylon attacked and destroyed the pastures and growing spaces. Most likely by salting all places that could be pasture or farm land.

Jer49:21At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.
22Look! An eagle will soar and swoop down, spreading its wings over Bozrah. In that day the hearts of Edom's warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.

The southern end of Edom was down close to the Red Sea, along a chain of Mountains on the east of Sinai. There was a mournful cry as the mighty army of Nebuchadnezzar mounted the heights that the Edomites believed could never be conquered.

Jer49:23Concerning Damascus: "Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea.
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Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor.
25Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?

Damascus, a long time traditional enemy of the Israelites. This is true even to this very day. Many fled from her as the Armies of Babylon approached. The word of the Lord declared it and it of course happened.  One day she will be demolished and never again be a city.

Isa 17:1
Isa17:1 An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. (NIV)

This will possibly take place in the Gog/Magog war that is soon to be fought. The predicted armies of the surrounding nations are gearing up for war with Israel and make no effort to conceal that fact. They wait only as long as it takes them to obtain an overwhelming arsenal against her.

Jer49:26Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD Almighty.
27"I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Haddam."
28Concerning Kedar and the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon attacked: This is what the LORD says: "Arise, and attack Kedar and destroy the people of the East.
29Their tents and their flocks will be taken; their shelters will be carried off with all their goods and camels. Men will shout to them, 'Terror on every side!'
30"Flee quickly away! Stay in deep caves, you who live in Hazor," declares the LORD. "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has plotted against you; he has devised a plan against you.

Notice the prophesy does not call Nebuchadnezzar's plan an evil one. The plans of that king were God's plans. God called Nebuchadnezzar His servant. God used him to punish the wickedness of many peoples. The Babylonian army would carry off any thing of value Including all the best people of the land. This same Babylon will be destroyed for there were some things Nebuchadnezzar did that greatly displeased God.

Jer49:31"Arise and attack a nation at ease, which lives in confidence," declares the LORD, "a nation that has neither gates nor bars; its people live alone.
32Their camels will become plunder, and their large herds will be booty. I will scatter to the winds those who are in distant places and will bring disaster on them from every side," declares the LORD.
33"Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolate place forever. No one will live there; no man will dwell in it."

Hazor, took its confidence They had no walled fortresses as others did they depended upon the desert they could flee deep into the desert where they were sure no army could follow.

HAZOR
 A nomadic district or kingdom of villages in the Arabian desert < Jer. 49:28 >.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Jer49:34This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:
35This is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.

Elam appears to have been a nation that is now a part of Persia (Iran). They were famous for the bow. Their mastery of it was legendary.
ELAM
A geographical region east of Babylonia and the Tigris River.  It was bounded on the north by Media and Assyria, on the east and southeast by Persia, and on the south by the Persian Gulf. In the time of Abraham, "Chedorlaomer king of Elam" is described as the overlord of three other Mesopotamian kings < Gen. 14:1-17 >. The prophet Isaiah lists Elam as one of the places to which the Israelites were exiled < Is. 11:11 >. Elam is described as a people who "bore the quiver" (bow and arrow) and who had "chariots of men and horsemen" < Is. 22:6 >. Jeremiah lists Elam as one of the peoples who would be forced to drink of the cup of God's fury < Jer. 25:15,25 >.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Jer49:36I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of the heavens; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam's exiles do not go.
37I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who seek their lives; I will bring disaster upon them, even my fierce anger," declares the LORD. "I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them.

The four winds could indicate Babylon as their soldiers were from all four directions from Babylon. To punish Elam. Before the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians.

Jer49:38I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials," declares the LORD.
39"Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come," declares the LORD. (NIV)

God has decreed a destruction upon Elam possibly because many of the exiles from Judah and possibly Israel also were made slaves in Elam.  Those who despise and badly treat God's people will have severe punishment of the kind that only The Lord God can deliver.

Jer 50:1-46
CHAPTER 50

Jer50:1This is the word the LORD spoke through Jeremiah the prophet concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians:
2"Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, 'Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.'

Babylon will be captured, by the Meads and Persians. Bel, the God of the Babylonians. Marduk, is another name for Bel. The complete downfall of this idolatrous worship is prophesied.

Jer50:3A nation from the north will attack her and lay waste her land. No one will live in it; both men and animals will flee away.

God, laid a curse upon Babylon. It would be destroyed and both men and animals will flee away. In another place God tells us that it would never be inhabited again. Saddam Hussein, ruler of Iraq went far to rebuild Babylon. But no one wanted to live there many claimed it was haunted. Some so-called endtimes prophets. Have said it would be rebuilt and be the capitol of the Antichrist. Contrary to the word of God. They make no distinction to Physical Babylon and Spiritual Babylon. Two distinctly different cities/

Jer50:4"In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.
5They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.
6"My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.

The seventy years will have past. The people will long to seek the Lord their God. The temple and Jerusalem will be rebuilt. When the people returned it set the stage in many years for Jesus to be born and Crucified. There is the everlasting covenant that The Lord God was referring to. This everlasting covenant will be implemented when Jesus sets up His thousand year reign upon the earth.

Jer50:7Whoever found them devoured them; their enemies said, 'We are not guilty, for they sinned against the LORD, their true pasture, the LORD, the hope of their fathers.'

This happened many places but even in so-called Catholic Europe the people turned their hatred upon Jews down through the centuries since Christ. The anti-Jewish hatred is rising in Europe again.  This shows itself in many ways. Especially in regards to very negative, belligerent attitudes towards the nation of Israel.  Many claim not to be guilty of wrong doing when they attack the Jews.  Hitler was perhaps the foremost of all the Jew haters. Hitler, was not the first and we know from recent history certainly not the last.

Jer50:8"Flee out of Babylon; leave the land of the Babylonians, and be like the goats that lead the flock. 9For I will stir up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations from the land of the north. They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured. Their arrows will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.
10So Babylonia will be plundered; all who plunder her will have their fill," declares the LORD.

The children of Israel were warned to flee Babylon. War is never pretty, innocent people are hurt or killed. Women especially face violent rape.

Is it possible that "from the north side Babylon was captured.  Was it through the north entrance of the city made by diverting the Euphrates river?

Regardless Babylon was at that time the city with untold amounts of wealth of all kinds. There was no lack of plunder for every soldier of the Meads and Persian armies.

Jer50:11"Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, 12your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations-- a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.

13Because of the LORD's anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate. All who pass Babylon will be horrified and scoff because of all her wounds.

The Lord calls a curse upon Babylon. She greatly rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem. God calls this His inheritance. Babylon the mother of this people will be destroyed and the land will become a dry desert. This is true today.

Jer50:14"Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow. Shoot at her! Spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the LORD. 15Shout against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls are torn down. Since this is the vengeance of the LORD, take vengeance on her; do to her as she has done to others.
16Cut off from Babylon the sower, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest. Because of the sword of the oppressor let everyone return to his own people, let everyone flee to his own land.

Cyrus King of the Meads and Persians had a different heart. People were allowed to go back to Israel and other places. Tyre is one of those places specifically named in scripture. But Babylon's large lake and many canals will soon be dry and the area become a desert. When the Lord God lays a curse upon a land or people that land and people will suffer greatly.

Jer50:17"Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away. The first to devour him was the king of Assyria; the last to crush his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon."
18Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king of Assyria.
19But I will bring Israel back to his own pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan; his appetite will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.
20In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.

This passage, (the bringing back of Israel)  was partially fulfilled in part when Jerusalem was rebuilt. It will be completely fulfilled in the second coming of Jesus the Messiah.

 Notice, that it is only a remnant will be spared.  Only those who survive the Gog/Magog war and the Antichrist's percussion of Israel during the last three and a half years of Daniel's seven years. God will preserve the remnant of Israel, according to His will. All whose names are written in the lamb's book if life. (Daniel 12:1)

Jer50:21"Attack the land of Merathaim and those who live in Pekod. Pursue, kill and completely destroy them," declares the LORD. "Do everything I have commanded you.
22The noise of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction!
23How broken and shattered is the hammer of the whole earth! How desolate is Babylon among the nations!
24I set a trap for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured because you opposed the LORD.
25The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.

Merathaim, a symbolic name for Babylon meaning the land of the bitter river. Pekod, visited by judgment. It was a bitter pill this judgment of God and a well deserved one for they had been a vicious kingdom.  God used them to bring Judgment upon many wicked nations but the harshness was their own doing.  Now the Judgment of God was coming upon their own doorstep. For they were as wicked as those they conquered.

Jer50:26Come against her from afar. Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain. Completely destroy her and leave her no remnant. 27Kill all her young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished.

The destruction was foretold and in God's good time it happened. Many preachers of our day say that all bible prophesy has been fulfilled. I believe they would change their minds with a more careful study of God's word. Especially the Old Testament Prophets.  Most are parroting what they have heard from others who lacked scripture knowledge.

Jer50:28Listen to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion how the LORD our God has taken vengeance, vengeance for his temple.

It was a shout of joy that God had brought vengeance for the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. The seventy years declared by God as the period of the Exile is almost finished. Soon the Hebrews who escaped Babylon would be rejoicing that Babylon was destroyed. These would be in Zion, for they had been liberated by King Cyrus the Mead at the end of the seventy year exile.

Jer50:29"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Encamp all around her; let no one escape. Repay her for her deeds; do to her as she has done. For she has defied the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
30Therefore, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD. 31"See, I am against you, O arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day has come, the time for you to be punished.

32The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her."

Pride does go before a fall. This proud nation became more and more vicious. Nebuchadnezzar, God's servant was no longer the king.  Evil-Merodach, Nebuchadnezzar's son ruled then Nebuchadnezzar's grandson rules and both were very bad rulers. God summons the warriors of Babylon to the battle. Yes young men, the soldiers of a nation are the first to fall. It is total stupidity to defy the Living God of all the world. Most of the world has yet to discover this. They will one day soon.

Jer50:33 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go.
34Yet their Redeemer is strong; the LORD Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.

There is a time of rest for the People of God. These times like all times are in the hands of The Almighty. Any who believe God will not keep His word to the People of Israel do not know God. The God of the Bible keeps each jot and title of the Bible not only the words.

God has said, He who curses Israel I will curse. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God who cannot lie has said it. The Lord God also reserves special blessings for those who bless Israel.

Jer50:35"A sword against the Babylonians!" declares the LORD-- "against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise men!
36A sword against her false prophets! They will become fools. A sword against her warriors! They will be filled with terror.
37A sword against her horses and chariots and all the foreigners in her ranks! They will become women. A sword against her treasures! They will be plundered.
38A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror.

A sword against the whole realm of Babylon. A drought upon her waters. There is terror for the whole land of the Chaldeans. Read again this whole list! Can you think of anything the Lord does not cover in this listing of where the sword is going to work its power?

Jer50:39"So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation.

Here is a clear and plain statement from God to His Prophet Jeremiah.  Only those who do not completely believe the word of God talk of Babylon being lived in and even being made a world Capitol. Babylon was a place of great pastures and farm land. Now it is a desert just as the Prophet reported from the Lord God almighty.

Jer50:40As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah along with their neighboring towns," declares the LORD, "so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it.

Does God repeat Himself for emphasis? You be the judge! 

Where is Sodom and Gomorrah today?  They lie under a covering of Volcanic material. Close to the dead sea. This has been discovered this year (2011) if my information is correct. Certainly within the past two years.

Jer50:41"Look! An army is coming from the north; a great nation and many kings are being stirred up from the ends of the earth. 42They are armed with bows and spears; they are cruel and without mercy. They sound like the roaring sea as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Babylon.
43The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp. Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor.

Belshazzar sat within the walls of Babylon while the armies of the Meads and Persians ravished the land. He was satisfied Just to hold in safety the once mighty city of Babylon. He must have believed that this self-sufficient city could never be taken. I like the description the Lord gives of Hands limp indication he was to weak to even try anything. Anguish like a woman in labor. 

Jer50:44Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?"
45Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed against the land of the Babylonians: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.
46At the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble; its cry will resound among the nations. (NIV)

God is in the destruction of Babylon. The fall of Babylon took place in a very short time. When the canal was finished and the Euphrates River was diverted the unprepared people were totally overwhelmed. This vast army was through the river bed and the ones rushing to the Palace to inform the king could hear the oncoming army behind them.

Jer 51:1-64
CHAPTER 51

Jer51:1This is what the LORD says: "See, I will stir up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Leb Kamai. 2I will send foreigners to Babylon to winnow her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day of her disaster.
3 Let not the archer string his bow, nor let him put on his armor. Do not spare her young men; completely destroy her army. 4They will fall down slain in Babylon, fatally wounded in her streets.

Leb Kamai, is a code name for Babylon Jeremiah appears to us it to distinguish the people from the city. This description of the final push of the Median army being so swift that the soldiers in the city did not have time to arm themselves till it was too late. The destruction of the Babylonian army was complete. Remember this word that Jeremiah is speaking from prophesy but this happened just as God told Jeremiah it would happen.

Jer51:5For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the LORD Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel. 6"Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the LORD's vengeance; he will pay her what she deserves. 7Babylon was a gold cup in the LORD's hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.

For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God. This is a far reaching statement the Prophet makes at God's command. God being eternal and unchanging this same is true today.  Men have claimed that God has abandoned Israel. The Church has taken her place.  Not so nor ever will be. God speaks of Israel as the apple of his eye. No one had better mess with God's Apple. The saved, born again children of God have been Grafted into the vine of Israel, and are Children of Abraham by faith in Jesus Christ.

Jer8Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed.
9"'We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave her and each go to his own land, for her judgment reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the clouds.'
10"'The LORD has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the LORD our God has done.'

Picture after picture Jeremiah draws of the event that was coming as God reveals it to him. When a person or thing cannot be healed then death is coming. The Judgment of God was coming to cleanse the land. Let Jacob rejoice.

Jer51:11"Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields! The LORD has stirred up the kings of the Medes, because his purpose is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance, vengeance for his temple.
12Lift up a banner against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare an ambush! The LORD will carry out his purpose, his decree against the people of Babylon.

Get ready for battle, The Lord has caused this battle to happen that His vengeance against ruthless Babylon would be complete.

Jer51:13You who live by many waters and are rich in treasures, your end has come, the time for you to be cut off.

The Euphrates ran right through the city. there were many channels of the river around and a large lake. Babylon was rich in treasures of this world plundered from many nations. But she had reached the time that God's Judgment dictated that her covetousness come to an end. God used her to punish but she was far more brutal than the Lord directed Nebuchadnezzar.

Jer51:14The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.

God who could swear by no greater, swore by Himself. This city will be totally filled with the enemy as Babylon had filled so many in the time she raided, killed and plundered.

Jer51:15"He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
16When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
17"Every man is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud; they have no breath in them. 18They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.

Under the inspiration of God, Jeremiah compares the wonders and power of God to the senseless lifeless chunks of metal that are the idols of this world. The comparison leaves all things of this world lacking when compared to the Wonder and Majesty of The Lord God Almighty.

Jer51:19He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the tribe of his inheritance-- the LORD Almighty is his name.
20"You are my war club, my weapon for battle-- with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms,
21with you I shatter horse and rider, with you I shatter chariot and driver,

22with you I shatter man and woman, with you I shatter old man and youth, with you I shatter young man and maiden,
23with you I shatter shepherd and flock, with you I shatter farmer and oxen, with you I shatter governors and officials.

( naphats - to shatter or to scatter ) These are the two meanings of the Hebrew word translated shatter. The nations will be shattered with this war club. (Media/Persia). In some places the same word indicates a scattering rather than a shattering. God does all things in righteousness. Those who need to be moved to a place of safety will be moved there. Those who need to be shattered they will fall.

Jer51:24"Before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylonia for all the wrong they have done in Zion," declares the LORD.
25"I am against you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth," declares the LORD. "I will stretch out my hand against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain.
26 No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever," declares the LORD.

God will repay Babylon and all who live in Babylon for the wrongs to Zion. Utter destruction is the word. Notice: God again declares that Babylon will be desolate forever. This is the second time God has declared this curse on Babylon.

Jer51:27"Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.
28Prepare the nations for battle against her-- the kings of the Medes, their governors and all their officials, and all the countries they rule.
29The land trembles and writhes, for the LORD's purposes against Babylon stand-- to lay waste the land of Babylon so that no one will live there.
30Babylon's warriors have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women. Her dwellings are set on fire; the bars of her gates are broken.
31One courier follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,

God has made preparations for Babylon. These will be carried out to the last detail. Many nations would be under the battle flag of the Meads and Persons. The Lord's purpose is clearly stated. I have placed emphasis in the scripture in red. The filthy king Belshazzar who took the Sacred temple cups and bowls to worship the imaginary gods of material substances will hear the messengers shortly before he goes to meet a very angry God.

Jer51:32the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire, and the soldiers terrified."
33This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest her will soon come."
34"Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has devoured us, he has thrown us into confusion, he has made us an empty jar. Like a serpent he has swallowed us and filled his stomach with our delicacies, and then has spewed us out.
35May the violence done to our flesh be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.

The Lord makes the same claim of destruction of Babylon using the threshing floor to illustrate the great destruction.

The inhabitants of Zion and Jerusalem declare the guilt of what Babylon did to them. On Babylon rests the blood of Israel that was calling out for vengeance.

Jer51:36Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "See, I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.
37Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, an object of horror and scorn, a place where no one lives.

God said that He would defend Zion's cause by drying up her sea (lake) and make her springs dry. Babylon a heap of ruins, jackals homes and more plus scorn. A place where no none lives.

Jer51:38Her people all roar like young lions, they growl like lion cubs.
39But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever and not awake," declares the LORD.
40 "I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.
41"How Sheshach will be captured, the boast of the whole earth seized! What a horror Babylon will be among the nations!

SHESHACH
[SHEE shak]-- a code word for Babel, or Babylon. The code operates according to the ancient Hebrew system known as atbash (a word made of four different letters of the Hebrew alphabet). This code word was used by the prophet Jeremiah when he predicted the downfall of the Babylonian Empire < Jer. 25:26 >.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

A feast to the rich and nobles of Babylon. They were drunk with wine, toasting the elements of this world then came part of a hand writing upon the wall. This was followed that same night most likely while they were still in the banquet hall drinking to Gold, Silver, wood, and much more using vessels sacred to the Lord God Almighty. Hell is a very hot place with many kinds of torment.  A place created for the fallen angels not for man. Only the wicked will go there. But only God's definition for wickedness determines hell's occupancy.  
 

Dan 5:24-28
24Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
25"This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
26 "This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. 27Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians." (NIV)

Jer51:42The sea will rise over Babylon; its roaring waves will cover her.
43Her towns will be desolate, a dry and desert land, a land where no one lives, through which no man travels.

A sea of soldiers, of the North, Meads and Persians washing over the land with total destruction then the Hand of the lord making the land a desert. The people of Iraq who have visited the place believe it is haunted. Not haunted but cursed by God.

Jer51:44I will punish Bel in Babylon and make him spew out what he has swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him. And the wall of Babylon will fall.
45"Come out of her, my people! Run for your lives! Run from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.
47For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced and her slain will all lie fallen within her.

The idols of Babylon. God wants all to know that they are not real gods and He will destroy them with Babylon. God warns the Israelite people to flee from Babylon. That will make them be fleeing from God's anger.

Jer51:48Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout for joy over Babylon, for out of the north destroyers will attack her," declares the LORD. 49"Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon. 50You who have escaped the sword, leave and do not linger! Remember the LORD in a distant land, and think on Jerusalem."

God continues His warning for them to flee for destruction is coming. Heaven will rejoice. The earth will rejoice. Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain. The massive number that were slain by the Armies of Babylon were unnecessary. The blood thirst of the warriors of Babylon was the cause of much killing.

There will be another Babylon. A spiritual Babylon worshiping the false Christ that the Apostle Paul calls the, "Man of Sin" the Apostle John Calls him. "the Antichrist. This Spiritual Babylon will be destroyed by God's command during the "Day of the Lord", also called the "Wrath of God" Period.

Jer51:51"We are disgraced, for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house." 52"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols, and throughout her land the wounded will groan.
53Even if Babylon reaches the sky and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers against her," declares the LORD. 54"The sound of a cry comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction from the land of the Babylonians. 55The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
56A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken. For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay in full.

Zion is disgraced, shame covers our faces, foreigners have defiled the temple holy places. Much of the desecration was the victory felt by the idol worshipers of Babylon had in claiming the defeating of the God of Israel. This was the attitude of armies coming against a nation they considered it a victory of their god over the god of the land. In this case Jehovah the God of Creation. The Lord God Almighty was going to destroy their false god's an the worship of them.

Jer51:57I will make her officials and wise men drunk, her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep forever and not awake," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.

Drunken rulers and soldiers make very bad fighters. This is another hint of the coming drunken party of Belshazzar King of Babylon. (Daniel 5:1-30)

Jer51:58This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall will be leveled and her high gates set on fire; the peoples exhaust themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."

Her walls will fall flat, whatever is done to stop the destruction is futile. It is just wasted effort.

Jer51:59This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah king of Judah in the fourth year of his reign. 60Jeremiah had written on a scroll about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon-- all that had been recorded concerning Babylon.

61He said to Seraiah, "When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud.
62Then say, 'O LORD, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither man nor animal will live in it; it will be desolate forever.'
63When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.
64Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people will fall.'" The words of Jeremiah end here. (NIV)

It appears that this staff officer Seraiah had the assignment to take Jeremiah back to Jerusalem as Jeremiah was found among the captives. Jeremiah ask him to do the reading of the scroll and carry out his wishes. This officer was commanded by Nebuchadnezzar to do for Jeremiah as Jeremiah pleased.

 

SUMMERY OF THE RULE OF ZEDEKIAH

Jer 52:1-34
CHAPTER 52

Jer52:1Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mother's name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah.
2He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as Jehoiakim had done.
3It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence. Now Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

 

II Ki 24:17
2kings24:17He, (Nebuchadnezzar) made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his name to Zedekiah. (NIV)

Zedekiah sent ambassadors to Egypt and made a defense pack with them. Failure to pay his taxes to Babylon who found out about his actions so the Babylonians came back.

Jer52:4So in the ninth year of Zedekiah's reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. They camped outside the city and built siege works all around it.
5The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah.
6By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine in the city had become so severe that there was no food for the people to eat.

This was a long siege More than one and a half or two years. Famine stalked the streets of Jerusalem.

Jer52:7Then the city wall was broken through, and the whole army fled. They left the city at night through the gate between the two walls near the king's garden, though the Babylonians were surrounding the city. They fled toward the Arabah,
8but the Babylonian army pursued King Zedekiah and overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his soldiers were separated from him and scattered,
9and he was captured. He was taken to the king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him.
10There at Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; he also killed all the officials of Judah.
11Then he put out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.

God was extremely angry with Zedekiah for breaking his oath of allegiance to Nebuchadnezzar. This oath was likely made like most of eastern oaths as a salt covenant. Even among pagans these were considered sacred. This also explains the wrath of Nebuchadnezzar.

Jer52:12On the tenth day of the fifth month, in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard, who served the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. 13He set fire to the temple of the LORD, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.
14The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15Nebuzaradan the commander of the guard carried into exile some of the poorest people and those who remained in the city, along with the rest of the craftsmen and those who had gone over to the king of Babylon. 16But Nebuzaradan left behind the rest of the poorest people of the land to work the vineyards and fields.

17The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of the LORD and they carried all the bronze to Babylon. 18They also took away the pots, shovels, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and all the bronze articles used in the temple service. 19The commander of the imperial guard took away the basins, censers, sprinkling bowls, pots, lampstands, dishes and bowls used for drink offerings-- all that were made of pure gold or silver. 20The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was more than could be weighed.
21Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.

22The bronze capital on top of the one pillar was five cubits high and was decorated with a network and pomegranates of bronze all around. The other pillar, with its pomegranates, was similar. 23There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; the total number of pomegranates above the surrounding network was a hundred.

This listed the articles of the temple that were taken back to Babylon. There was great quantities of Brass the trip back to Babylon must have been slow to transport  that much metal. 

Jer52:24The commander of the guard took as prisoners Seraiah the chief priest, Zephaniah the priest next in rank and the three doorkeepers.
25Of those still in the city, he took the officer in charge of the fighting men, and seven royal advisers. He also took the secretary who was chief officer in charge of conscripting the people of the land and sixty of his men who were found in the city.
26Nebuzaradan the commander took them all and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah.
27There at Riblah, in the land of Hamath, the king had them executed. So Judah went into captivity, away from her land.

This concludes the actions concerning the officers who so despised Jeremiah the Prophet and made his life miserable.

Jer52:28This is the number of the people Nebuchadnezzar carried into exile: in the seventh year, 3,023 Jews;
29in Nebuchadnezzar's eighteenth year, 832 people from Jerusalem;
30in his twenty-third year, 745 Jews taken into exile by Nebuzaradan the commander of the imperial guard. There were 4,600 people in all.

The final tally of those carried to Babylon to captivity.

Jer52:31In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Evil-Merodach became king of Babylon, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month.
32He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon.
33So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king's table.
34Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death. (NIV)

Jehoiachin king of Judah was a very wicked man. This caused his exile and imprisonment in Babylon. Then there came along one as evil as he was one who, through history has carried the title evil in his name. Evil-Merodach released him from prison and gave him a regular allowance!

Perhaps this confirms an old saying that is "birds of a feather flock together".

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