The Study of Jeremiah Chapters 12-14
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#1 Sep 28, 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 Chapters 12-14.
12:1. The problem that the wicked seem to prosper is discussed often in the Scriptures (cf. Job 21:7-16; 24:1-16; Ps. 73:2-14). No definitive answer is given except that, according to God's most wise and holy purposes, all things are under His control (cf. Job 37:5; Is. 46:10; Matt. 5:45; Acts 17:24-28) and that He will deal justly with the wicked in His appointed time and way (cf. v. 13; Job 27:13-23; Ps.1:3-6; 49:16-20; 73:17-22). It is enough for the believer to leave things in God's hands (Ps. 37) and let Him truly be God of his whole life (cf. Job 34:29; 42:1-6; Ps. 73:28; Is. 26:3-21; Hab. 3:17-19; Rom. 12:1, 2).
12:10. See the note on 10:21.
12:14-17. Jeremiah is assured that although Judah and Jerusalem must be punished, God's judgement will also extend to their evil neighbors. There is in this a strong missionary appeal in that to Gentiles, too, is opened the hope of salvation (cf. 16:19-21; Is. 2:1-4; 19:20-25; 45:22; 66:23; Hos. 12; Obad. 20, 21; Zech. 8:20-23; 14:8, 9, 16).
13:1. The girdle that Jeremiah was to put on has been understood either as a sash worn as a belt, or a linen undergarment that stretched from the waist midway to the thighs.
13:4-11. Jeremiah's journey has been variously understood as a literal trip either (1) to the western portion of the upper Euphrates River,(2) to Ephrata (Bethlehem), or (3) to Perah, three miles northeast of Anathoth. Others consider the events here to have occurred in a vision or in some dramatic presentation. In any case, the lesson of the message is the same: as the girdle was marred, so God will mar (wound) Judah's pride.
13:12-14. No doubt this reference to every bottle being filled with wine reflects a popular saying. The vine (together with the fig tree) symbolized the basic covenant between God and Israel and the attendant blessings of that spiritual relationship (cf. Ps. 80:8-15; Mic. 4:3, 4; Zech. 3:10). Wine, the fruit of the vine, could signify God's blessing on the fruitful life (Is. 55:1; Joel 2:23, 24) and was to be offered in the drink offering. Unfortunately, Israel had become an unfruitful vine (Is. 5:2-6), and her people became drunkards (Is. 5:11, 22; 28:7, 8; 56:11, 12) who must be constantly warned of the dangerous evils of drinking wine (Prov. 20:1; 23:29-35; Hos. 4:11; Mic. 2:11) Jeremiah condemned the drunken habits of the citizens of Jerusalem who had permitted a covenant symbol to be perverted into an evil so typical of the pagan societies around them. In the coming crisis, their drunkenness would dull their reactions when they needed to respond decisively. No wonder, then, that Paul urges the believer to "be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess" (Eph. 5:18).
13:15-17. A third illustration concerns a weary traveler in danger of being overtaken by the falling darkness of night. Such was Judah. It must renounce all pride and give God His rightful glory before the final darkness of national catastrophe engulfs it.
14:1. In the 14:1-17:18 Jeremiah brings before his hearers several messages dealing with their false lamenting. Chapters 14 and 15 deal with Jeremiah's words and work in the time of a drought caused by a famine.
14:7-10. Jeremiah had been advised not to intercede for his people (11:4); yet he cannot help pleading for them despite their wronging of him (cf. 11:18-23). He prays for God's mercy on the basis of their being called by thy name. However, God rejects Jeremiah's request (v. 10), reminding him that it is useless to pray for this obdurately sinful people (vv. 11, 12).
#2 Sep 30, 2013
I snored thru a sermon like this once,
I think. At least I'm sure I snored.
#3 Sep 30, 2013
I snored thru a sermon like this once.
At least, I'm sure I snored.
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