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.
are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.
I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on
such a nation as this?
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.
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.
have lied about the LORD; they said, "He will do nothing! No harm will come to
us; we will never see sword or famine.
prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done
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.
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
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.
quivers are like an open grave; all of them are mighty warriors.
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.
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.
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.'
this to the house of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:
this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have
ears but do not hear:
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
these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and
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.
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.
wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.
my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those
who set traps to catch men.
cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich 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.
I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself on
such a nation as this?
horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land:
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?
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.
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
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.
will destroy the Daughter of Zion, so beautiful and delicate.
with their flocks
(armies) will come against her; they will pitch their tents around her,
each tending his own portion."
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!"
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.
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
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.
warning, O Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate
so no one can live in it."
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
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.
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
12Their 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
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
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.
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.
19Hear, 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
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
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.
26O 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."
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.
Jer7:1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2"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.
4Do 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
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.'
16"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
Jer7:17Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets
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?
20"'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
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:
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.'"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.'"
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.'
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
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
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?"
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.
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
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.
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
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
RIGHTEOUSNESS." This may be a hint to some as to how to receive a right relation
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
saying to me, "Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be
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
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:
My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls.
My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
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
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.
hearts were far too hard and they wanted their own way. Also the prophets were
already promising all of this without them doing anything.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
(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.'"
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
One day not too far in the future these sneers would
turn to pained agony.
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
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.
(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."
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
18Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my
days in shame?
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.
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
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.
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
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?"
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.'"
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.
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.
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)
rescue the robbed ones from the oppressors
do no wrong to the alien,
no wrong to the fatherless or the
do not shed innocent blood in
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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,'
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
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.
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.'
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
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
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.
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
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.'
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.
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
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.
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
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.'"
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
were fulfilled and appear to be still in active fulfillment even to this current
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
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;
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
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
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.
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
35The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
heard them, he was very angry; he rejected Israel completely.
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
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
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!"
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
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.
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.
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
22King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt, along with some
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
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?
brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
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,
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.
I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
Furthermore, Ahikam son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not
handed over to the people to be put to death.
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.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
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
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." '"
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
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
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
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--
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.'"
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.'"
false prophets were telling lies in the name of the Lord. They wanted God's
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.'"
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.
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.
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
shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he
fought in the day of battle.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
Jer30:12"This is what the LORD says: "'Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond
13There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for
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
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.
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--
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
part by part now. The building itself cannot be built just now but following
the Gog/Magog war will built in God's good
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
of Israel has begun and I pray will continue with no break till Jesus sets up
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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."
The city has
been rebuilt twice. But notice a qualification on this rebuilding God sets!
that Jerusalem has been rebuilt it was for the benefit of the people. let me
quote the Lord God about this rebuilding of Jerusalem.
city will be rebuilt for me"
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.
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.
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.'"
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
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
8"Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me
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
11I took the deed of purchase-- the sealed copy containing the terms and
conditions, as well as the unsealed copy--
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
Jer32:16"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to
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,
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
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.
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
26Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
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
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
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.
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
41I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land
with all my heart and soul.
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
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."
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.
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.'
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Islam's call to prayer? "Allah is greater than the God of Jews and
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,
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.'"
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.
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
6Then Jeremiah the prophet told all this to Zedekiah king of Judah, in
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.
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
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."
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.
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."
[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)
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
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."
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
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
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.
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.'"
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; (restricted
from going) I cannot go into the
house of the LORD:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
all Jeremiah ask him to do. Faithfully he read Jeremiah's prophesy in
the higher court of the temple.
Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the
book all the words of the LORD,
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.
Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch
read the book in the ears of the people.
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.
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.
they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch
read it in their ears.
inquired of Baruch just how Jeremiah has delivered this message to
him. Then they wanted the Scribe to read them the prophesy.
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.
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.
they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all these
words at his mouth? (that
is by dictation?)
Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his
mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide you, you and Jeremiah; and let no
man know where you are.
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.
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.
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.
the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire
on the hearth burning before him.
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.
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.
they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any
of his servants that heard all these words.
Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that
he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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?
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
what Ezekiel says under the inspiration of God.
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.
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
11After the Babylonian army had withdrawn from Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's
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
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!"
14"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.
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
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."
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'?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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."
(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.
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."
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
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.'"
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
feared the Jews in Jerusalem as much or more than those who went over to the
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:
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.'"
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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
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.
saw the Army troops coming he evidently started running as fast as they
could, cowards and murders they were.
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
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.
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
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."
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
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."
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.
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.'
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
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
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
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.'"
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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."
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.'
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.'"
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.
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.'"
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
Remember also that God has not promised us a bed of Roses but persecution
and hardship at times.
2 Tim 3:12
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
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
General heading of the next six chapters of prophecies concerning the
Gentiles. The prophecies are arranged according to nations, not by the
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database.
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Jer46:1This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the
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.
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
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.
have your mighty ones become prostrate? They do not stand because the
LORD has thrust them down. (NAU)
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.
Carmel are two mountains in Israel. The one coming is as unmovable as the
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
21The 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
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Then Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed when
they trusted in Bethel.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
6"Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites," declares the
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
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.
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
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
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
16The 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.
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
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.
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
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
24Damascus 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?
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.
An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
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
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
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.
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.
A nomadic district or kingdom of villages in the Arabian desert < Jer.
(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.
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.
(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
Jer49:38I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials," declares
39"Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to come," declares the LORD.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
- 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.
rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a
foundation, for you will be
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
[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.
(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
"This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your
reign and brought it to an end.
have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
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
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
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."
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
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.
and soldiers make very bad fighters. This is another hint of the coming
drunken party of Belshazzar King of Babylon.
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
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
'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
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.
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
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
made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle, king in his place and changed his
name to Zedekiah.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
old saying that is "birds of a feather flock together".