Read 211.) Jeremiah 13:1 thru 15:9. Chapter 13 begins with a simple illustration of what Judah and Jerusalem had become to the Lord their God; useless. It moves on to explain what He was going to do to them, and it would not be gentle, but merciless! Verse 19 explicitly states what is about to befall them; exile. It will be the fulfillment of the 5th Prophecy concerning Israel, given to Moses 800 years before.
Chapter 14 continues this. As we saw in 3:3, 5:24+25, and 12:4, so, again here; Judah is enduring a severe drought. It came from the Lord. It was to be a sign to them of their need to repent before God, so that He could forgive and send the rains. But, even though it was killing them, they were not returning to the Lord their God! We have more of Jeremiah’s own words in verses 7 thru 9. And, again, Jeremiah is told: Do NOT pray for your people. Amazing! Then, get this: Judah had false prophets proclaiming to them smooth words of peace and comfort; deceiving the people! Then, even more amazingly, see how verse 17 is God commanding Jeremiah to say what follows, yet, the words most certainly read as if they were Jeremiah’s, unto the end of the chapter. And, it certainly, also, reads much like a prayer for His people! Especially the last 2 verses. What could this mean? The Lord is giving to Judah, thru His prophet, Jeremiah, the very words of repentance that He longed to hear come sincerely from their own lips!!!
Chapter 15, verses 1 thru 9, are even more amazing! Though He gives them the very words of prayer, that they might pray unto Him; He goes on to further say, that even if the two godliest men to date in our story, Moses and Samuel, were to pray unto Him for this people, He would not hear and answer them! What is left? What could possibly be done? It’s obvious, isn’t it? Only if the very people, themselves, were to genuinely humble themselves, and repent unto the Lord; would He be willing to forgive and relent of that which He has said that He would do unto them, with sword, starvation, plague and captivity. No one else’s intercessory prayer for them would prevail! Much of this is said be due to what wicked King Manasseh had done in the days of his reign, which had come to an end about 20 years before. He had been the worst king Judah had ever had! Read again II Kings 20 as a reminder. Do not be deceived. Though God loves people, He does not overlook their many sins against Him. He requires, and most strongly insists upon, repentance, and an amending of one’s ways, if they’re ever going to expect to be forgiven of Him and received of Him into His kingdom. Where are you at? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell