The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. The people had violated the covenant. Now they would face the consequences. Jeremiah was to not even pray for them.
came to Jeremiah from the LORD. How did that happen? How did the message “come from” the LORD to Jeremiah?
VERSE 2. “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
VERSE 3. and say to them, the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘Cursed is the man who doesn’t hear the words of this covenant,
VERSE 4. which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace,’ saying, ‘Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so you shall be my people, and I will be your God;
Jeremiah maps out two steps for becoming the people of the LORD:
STEP 1. Obey my voice. The first step is to listen to the LORD God.
STEP 2. and do. The second step is to do what the LORD God commands.
so you shall be my people. After they listen to the LORD and do what he commands, it is then that they become the people of the LORD.
VERSE 5. that I may establish the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey,’ as it is today.” Then I answered, and said, “Amen, LORD.”
VERSE 6. The LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Hear the words of this covenant, and do them.
VERSE 7. For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, rising early and protesting, saying, “Obey my voice.”
earnestly. That is, “urgently and constantly” (NAB translation).
VERSE 8. Yet they didn’t obey, nor turn their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of their evil heart. Therefore I brought on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they didn’t do them.’ ”
VERSE 9. The LORD said to me, “A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
conspiracy. Some people conspired to go against the LORD God.
VERSE 10. 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 which I made with their fathers.
gone after other gods to serve them. Judah’s decision to worship idols assured her doom.
VERSE 11. Therefore the LORD says, ‘Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they will not be able to escape; and they will cry to me, but I will not listen to them.
VERSE 12. Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
VERSE 13. For according to the number of your cities are your gods, Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have you set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to burn incense to Baal.’
your gods, Judah. They worshipped as many gods as there were cities in Judah.
you set up altars. They set up as many altars to Baal as there were streets in Jerusalem.
VERSE 14. “Therefore don’t pray for this people. Don’t lift up cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry to me because of their trouble.
NASB translation. Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.
do not pray for this people. Sometimes God directs his prophets to not pray for certain people.
Jeremiah 14:11. So the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. (NASB translation)
VERSE 15. What has my beloved to do in my house, since she has behaved lewdly with many, and the holy flesh has passed from you? When you do evil, then you rejoice.”
VERSE 16. The LORD called your name, “A green olive tree, beautiful with goodly fruit.” With the noise of a great roar he has kindled fire on it, and its branches are broken.
VERSE 17. For the LORD of Hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done to themselves in provoking me to anger by offering incense to Baal.
The LORD gave me knowledge of it. The people responded to Jeremiah’s rebuke by planning to kill him. But the LORD revealed this to Jeremiah.
VERSE 19. But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter. I didn’t know that they had devised plans against me, saying, “Let’s destroy the tree with its fruit, and let’s cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.”
a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. This happened in the life of Jeremiah. And it happened in the life of Jesus Christ.
VERSE 20. But, the LORD of Hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, I will see your vengeance on them; for to you I have revealed my cause.
VERSE 21. “Therefore the LORD says concerning the men of Anathoth, who seek your life, saying, ‘You shall not prophesy in the LORD’s name, that you not die by our hand;’
VERSE 22. therefore the LORD of Hosts says, ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men will die by the sword. Their sons and their daughters will die by famine.
VERSE 23. There will be no remnant to them, for I will bring evil on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.’ ”
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