The Study of Jeremiah Chapter 2
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#1 Sep 2, 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 2.
2:2. The word translated kindness is often used in contexts dealing with covenant relationships.(See the note on 1 Sam. 20:14-17.) The word often speaks of that love that God shares with believers as members of His own family. Here the establishment of the family relationship is emphasized by linking God's redemption of His people from Egypt, and the time that followed, to the loving period of early marriage. As the rest of the chapter unfolds, the imagery of the bride is used to catalog Israel's sins: she had been seduced into idolatry (vv. 4-8); she had forsaken the refreshing waters of marriage for the broken cisterns of infidelity (vv. 9-13); she had left her divine husband for a wayward life among the surrounding nations (vv. 14-19); and she had stooped to the level of base spiritual harlotry by worshiping false gods and engaging in false religious practices (vv. 20-28). Even veteran harlots would blush at what God's bride had done (vv. 32, 33). Her prostitution was both flagrant and incurable (vv. 34-37). Accordingly, judgement must come. For further instances of Israel as God's bride, see Isaiah 54:4-17; Ezekiel 16; Hosea 1-3.
2:9. The word translated plead is often used in legal contexts. Like a plantiff in a court case, God will bring charges against His wayward people. God is both the offended plantiff and the divine judge before whom Israel has no defense (cf. vv. 29, 30).
2:10. The isles of Chittim indicates the limits of the West, or the Mediterranean world. Kedar, in the northern Arabian Peninsula, refers to the East. Go where one might, no nation could be found as wicked as Israel who had forsaken the living and true God in exchange for gross idolatry.
2:13. The figure of the fountain of living waters emphasizes that God alone can bring the life and refreshment necessary to the thirsty soul (cf. Ps. 36:9; Is. 55:1; John 4:10-14; 7:37-39; Rev. 21:6). Israel had left the purity of the living waters for the pollution of contaminated broken cisterns that offered no water at all.
2:16. Noph (Moph, Hos. 9:6) refers to Memphis, the traditional capital of ancient lower Egypt. Tahapanes is usually associated with the Greek Daphne and lay in Egypt's northeastern delta area (cf. 43:7; 44:1; 46:14). The fertility of the region may be underscored in the literal Masoretic vowel pointing, which reads "will graze upon thy head." The KJV reading here rests upon a suggested difference in Hebrew pointing. In any case, the message is clear: entanglement with Egypt can only spell defeat for Judah.
2:21. The choice vine mentioned here was the Sorek, which was famous for the fine-tasting wine that came from its grapes. For Israel as God's vine, see Isaiah 5:1-7 and Hosea 10:1.
2:22. Neither nitre (soda) nor soap could cleanse the filth of Israel's spiritual harlotry.
2:23. Valley probably meant the Valley of Hinnom. See the note on Jeremiah 7:32.
2:27. Images of stone of wood were often used in the idolatry of the ancient world. The wood may also refer to specific cultic practices associated with the debased Canaanite religion (cf. 1 Kin. 14:23; 2 Kin. 17:10; see the note on Judg. 3:6, 7). For the condemnation of idolatry, see Psalms 115:4-8; 135:15-18; Isaiah 44:6-20; see the note on Judges 2:11-15.
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Bishop William B. Caractor
#2 Sep 3, 2013
Am I the only one who thinks this "bishop" is just a complete waste of time?
I can't wait until he gives us an outline of Judges.
Gosh, you mean they used stone and wood a lot three thousand years ago? Huh. What an eye opener.
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