Week #96; Wed, Oct 30: Jeremiah 10:1–16:21

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:

1. It appears that a larger biblical context is unfolding as we reflect back to our first week in 2018 and look forward to our final week in 2020.

  • Inference: Thoughts on the depth and breadth of God’s works seems to come to mind as we proceed in Jeremiah and as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Inference: One such though filled my mind on God’s free-grace and our free-will that unfolded like this:
    1. Isaiah 14 addresses the war in heaven and Satans fall along with his not so angelic followers.
    2. Lucifer’s pride escaped his internal controls and he and his followers exercised their free-will to contend with God over ruling God’s kingdom, a big mistake although God knew the outcome before hand.
    3. The split resulted in a ratio of 2/3 of the angels opting for God’s side and 1/3 of the angels opting for Lucifer’s side.
    4. When humans were created, God gave them free-will just like the angels.
    5. Our free-will to exercise our choice to follow God or not has similar consequences as the angels.
    6. We will soon read how Jesus died for all; however, God will only accept believers back into His kingdom.
    7. God already knows who will become a believer and He sealed their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
    8. Someone asked me how God would permit some to be condemned and not want them all back in His kingdom.
    9. It has to be that God wants a restored pure kingdom where He will know that believers want to be on His side and not Satan’s side.
    10. I pictured all of the above at the breakfast table using a paper plate and the salt and pepper.
    11. I poured out a small quantity of both on the plate in separate piles for angels and humans.
    12. I then divided each pile into two to represent the free-will of angels and humans.
    13. By God’s free-grace, He knew which grain of each would be in which pile.
    14. So, our earthly environment is a temporary testing or proving ground.
    15. Yet, God knows the eternal outcome of our free-will choices that we make now here on earth.
    16. He is testing us now with His free-grace to enable us to make a free-will choice to believe.
    17. God sent Jesus to die for all, but we have to believe in Him and more than that, we must develop our relationship with Him from that point on.
    18. I visualize interlocking the fingers of our hands to imagine how tight our relationship should be.
    19. How tight is your relationship with Jesus, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit that He sent us.
    20. He already knows what you will do, just follow His Spirit.
  • Inference: Read on, Scripture gets richer and richer, particularly if it is read as one book containing all of God’s interrelated Word.

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CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

Jeremiah 10, Idols and the Living God
1. “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; the have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.” (10:2-5)

  • Inference: “But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.” (10:10)
  • Inference: “Thus shall you say to them: ‘The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.'” (10:11)
  • Inference: “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.” (10:12)
  • Inference: “Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.” (10:25)

Jeremiah 11, The Broken Covenant
1. “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel. Cursed be the man who does not hear the words of this covenant that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, that I may confirm the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.’ Then I answered, ‘So be it, Lord.'” (11:1-5)

  • Inference: “And the Lord said to me, ‘Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and do them. For I solemnly warned your fathers when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of his evil heart. Therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.” (11:6-8)
  • Inference: “Again the Lord said to me, ‘A conspiracy exists among the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words.They have gone after other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant that I made with their fathers.'” (11:9-10)
  • Inference: “‘Therefore, thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them. Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they cannot save them in the time of their trouble.'” (11:11-12)

2. “Can even sacrificial flesh avert your doom? Can you then exult?” (10:15)

  • Inference: “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth (city near Jerusalem), who seek your life, and say, ‘Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord, or you will die by our hand’–therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die by famine, and none of them shall be left. For I will bring disaster upon the men of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.'” (11:21-23)

Jeremiah 12, Jeremiah’s Complaint
1. “Righteous are you, O Lord, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” (12:1)

  • Inference: “You plant them, and they take root; they grow and produce fruit; you are near in their mouth and far from their heart.” (12:2)

2. “But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.” (12:3)

  • Inference: “How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field wither? For the evil of those who dwell in it the beasts and the birds are swept away, because they said, ‘He will not see our latter end.'” (12:4)

3. “Thus says the Lord concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage that I have my people Israel to inherit: ‘Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.'” (12:14)

  • Inference: “And after I have plucked them up, I will again have compassion on them, and I will bring them again each to his heritage and each to his land. And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people. But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the Lord.” (12:15-17)

Jeremiah 13, The Ruined Loincloth
1. “Thus says the Lord to me, ‘Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.’ So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and I put it around my waist. And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, ‘Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.’ So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.” (13:1-5)

  • Inference: “And after many days, the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.’ Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was spoiled, it was good for nothing.” (13:6-7)

2. “Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Thus says the Lord: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing.” (13:8-10)

  • Inference: “For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord, that they  might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.” (13:11)
  • Inference: “You shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every jar shall be filled with wine.’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not indeed know that every jar will be filled with wine?’ Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.'” (13:12-14)

3. “But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.” (13:17)

  • Inference: “And if you say in your heart, ‘Why have these things come upon me?’ it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up and you suffer violence.” (13:22)
  • Inference: “I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert.” (13:24)
  • Inference: “I have seen your abominations, your adulteries and neighing, your lewd whorings, on the hills in the field. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will it be before you are made clean?” (13:27)

Jeremiah 14, Famine, Sword, and Pestilence
1. “The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.” (14:1)

  • Inference: “Judah mourns, and her gates languish; her people lament on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem goes up. Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns; they find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are ashamed and confounded and cover their heads.” (14:2-3)
  • Inference: “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you.” (14:7)

2. “Thus says he Lord concerning this people: ‘They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the Lord does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.'” (14:10)

  • Inference: “The Lord said to me: ‘Do not pray for the welfare of this people. Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.‘” (14:11-12)

3. “Then I said: ‘Ah, Lord God, behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'” (14:13)

  • Inference: “And the Lord said to me: ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them–them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. for I will pour out their evil upon them.” (14:14-16)

Jeremiah 15, The Lord Will Not Relent
1. “Then he Lord said to me, ‘Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go! And when they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: ‘Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity.'” (15:1-2) 

  • Inference: “I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, declares the Lord: the sword to kill, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.” (15:3-4)

2. Jeremiah complains . . . “Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me.” (15:10, Ex. 22:25)

  • Inference: “The Lord said, ‘Have I not set you free for their good? Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress? Can one break iron, iron from the north, and bronze? Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory. I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” (15:11-13)

Jeremiah 16, Famine, Sword, and Death
1. “The word of the Lord came to me: ‘You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. For thus says the Lord concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers wh0 fathered them in this land: ‘They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.'” (16:1-4)

  • Inference: “You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink.” (16:8)
  • Inference: “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will silence in this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.” (16:9)

2. “And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?'” (16:10)

  • Inference: “. . . then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn evil will, refusing to listen to me. Therefore I will hurl you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.'” (16:11-13)

3. The Lord Will Restore Israel. “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.” (16:14-15)

  • Inference: “Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the Lord.” (16:21)

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