The Study of Jeremiah Chapter 7
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#1 Sep 11, 2013
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is my sincere prayer that you are being Blessed even as you read this email.
Today, we will continue the study of the Book of Jeremiah Chapter 7.
7:1, 2. Chapters 7-10 are often called "The Message in the Temple Gate." Throughout these chapters (and on to ch. 24) runs the theme of the causes for Judah's judgment. Chapters 7-10 focus on the people's false standards of life. Scholars disagree as to whether they relate to Josiah's later reign, or to King Jehoiakim's early reign.
7:4. Jeremiah's God-given message was straightforward: the physical presence of the temple was no guarantee that judgment would not come upon Jerusalem. God's wrath against Judah's sin could be averted only through a genuine repentance that would be reflected in their total lives (vv. 5, 6).
7:6. The care on the downtrodden and oppressed of society (the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the stranger) was of particular concern to the God of all mercies. This theme appears often in the Book of Deuteronomy, and recurs elsewhere (cf. Job 31:16; Ps. 94:6; 146:9; Is. 1:17; Jer. 22:3; Ezek. 22:7). This dominant theme is a vivid reminder for believers not only to practice righteous standards in their lives but to cultivate a social concern for all men similar to that of God Himself.
7:11. Merely formal religious attendance at God's house is condemned also by Jesus (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46).
7:12. See the note on 26:1.
7:13. The phrase rising up early becomes a frequent expression in Jeremiah. The practice is in harmony with the consistent biblical teaching. Jesus Himself rose up before daybreak to pray (Mark 1:32-35). Many of God's choice servants had this practice (cf. Gen. 28:16-22; Ex. 24:4-8; 34:4; 1 Sam. 1:19; 2 Chr. 29:20; Job 1:5). The Psalms remind believers that the mourning hour spent with God is crucial for spiritual growth (Ps. 88:13). Each morning God's child has a fresh opportunity to recall His mercy and protection (Ps. 59:16; 92:2) and to find direction and guidance for the tasks of the day (Ps. 143:8). Jeremiah reports that the heavenly Father rose up early to await a meeting with the citizens of Judah (7:25; 11:7, 8; 25:3, 4; 26:5; 29:19; 32:33; 35:14, 15; 44:4, 5). This phrase captures God's tender seeking of His people- but alas, they neither responded nor met with Him at all (cf. 2 Chr. 36:15, 16). Rather, as Zephaniah sadly reports, "They rose early, and corrupted all their doings" (Zeph. 3:7). How great must be the heartbreak of God who earnestly longs to meet in communion and fellowship with His people, only to find that they do not keep their appointments with Him!
7:18. The queen of heaven probably relates to Ashtoreth. See the note on Judges 2:11-15.
7:21-23. These verses do not minimize the importance of the Old Testament sacrifices, but call attention to the necessity of the believer living a life of total obedience and devotion to God. The Scriptures consistently teach that religious observances devoid of spiritual reality are worthless (cf. 1 Sam. 15:22, 23; Ps. 40:6-8; Is. 1:10-20; Mic. 6:8).
7:31, 32. The full scriptural picture concerning this Canaanite abomination makes it clear that Tophet was a sacred enclosure in the valley of the son of Hinnom, where the heinous child sacrifice (known as a Molech) to Baal was carried out (cf. 19:5, 6; 32:35; 2 Kin. 23:10; and see the notes at 2 Kin. 16:3, 4 and 2 Chr. 28:3). Archaeological confirmation concerning the nature of the sacrifices carried out in a Tophet comes from the excavations at the Phoenician colony of Carthage.
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Bishop William B. Caractor
#2 Sep 11, 2013
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