Read 210.) Jeremiah 10:1 thru 12:17. Reading Jeremiah is rather different from nearly all the other prophets. First, because we find instances where Jeremiah inserts his own words, and not just those words he receives from the Lord; and we will point those out. Second, because of the very urgency of his particular ministry. The fulfillment of The 5th Prophecy concerning Israel is about to fall upon them. It’s not 20 years away now! They are going into exile. The plea of God thru His prophet unto His people is more urgent now, than it ever was before; because their time is fast running out, and only they can change the course of their own destiny. They only needed, but, to turn back to their God in true repentance, and He would most graciously have received them back unto Himself!
Chapter 10 opens with God contrasting between Himself and the idols of the nations. With verse 6, thru 10, Jeremiah responds to the Lord in his own words. In verses 11 thru 16, God depicts Himself as the Creator, as He is said to be in most of the books of the Bible. What is, did not come into existence on its own. That is foolishness! Israel is told they will go into exile; and Jeremiah closes with a prayer for himself and his people. Chapter 11 tells of what Israel’s sin has meant. They have broken their covenant that they had made with God. It opens by briefly reviewing God’s Promises and Prophecies concerning Israel to this point. Verse 4 speaks of Israel’s many descendants as their forefathers, which was the 1st Promise and Prophecy, as does verse 7. In verse 4, we also read of their captivity and deliverance from Egypt, which was the 2nd Promise and Prophecy, as does verse 7. Verse 5 goes to the 3rd Promise and Prophecy, when God would give Israel their land. But, with verse 8, we go to that 4th Prophecy of Israel’s unfaithfulness, and the breaking of their covenant with the Lord. It is so bad, Jeremiah is commanded to not even pray any further for his people! That must be bad!!! The chapter closes, beginning with verse 18, of a plot against Jeremiah’s life by some of his fellow countrymen!
Chapter 12 opens with a complaint by Jeremiah unto the Lord. Did you know that the Lord will hear your complaints? Tell them to Him! And, God answered Jeremiah! He tells him, “Jeremiah, are you are becoming discouraged already? You’ve only just gotten started! There’s much more to have to speak and to endure yet….” Jeremiah is told that even his own family is against him! If chapter 11 held the first 4 Promises and Prophecies; with this chapter, we find the 5th and the 6th. Verse 7 goes to the 5th Prophecy of Israel; that they will be given over to her enemies into exile. But, then the chapter closes on this note of hope, not previously seen. Thru Jeremiah, God reveals, with verse 15, that He will restore Israel back into her land, which will be the fulfillment of the 6th Promise and Prophecy concerning Israel. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell