Jeremiah 52:2-3 This Is Evil

Jeremiah 52:2-3 (KJV)
And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
Zedekiah did evil, he did that which was displeasing to God, by rebelling against the king of Babylon. 

I’m trying to put myself in Judah in those days. 
On the one hand, you know that God has given you this land. 
You belong to a peculiar people, chosen to make God known in the world.

On the other hand, you are threatened by a people noted for their ungodliness 
And there are plenty of preachers, by far the majority and the most popular ones, who preach to hold fast and fight Babylon. Your sense of nationalism tells you they are right. But there is this one preacher, Jeremiah, preaching God’s will is surrender. It’s time for Judah to accept chastening for her sins. 

Your flesh says to fight Babylon but you have to know Jeremiah is correct about the sins. Conviction fills your heart. 

  • But the majority
  • But the pride
  • But the wisdom of the flesh

Zedekiah chooses these above the conviction and that is evil. 

How is one to know right from wrong, good from evil? When the majority of voices and your own good sense says one way is right, how is it your fault if you choose it over that still small voice? 

The answer is God. Each of us is responsible to seek Him and to know Him. He is near[1]and easy to be found if we will but let go of pride and surrender to his voice.

  • There is a wooing of the Holy Spirit and
  • There is the wisdom of the world and the flesh

To choose the flesh over the Spirit is evil. 


[1]Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

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Jeremiah 51:5 What Comfort

Jeremiah 51:5 (KJV)
For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.

What a word of comfort! I can imagine that such a message might not seem like much when at first it is heard. Jeremiah’s sermons went something like this:

  • Israel has sinned
  • God will use Babylon to chasten Him
  • Israel must submit to this rod but 
  • God has not forsaken Israel and 
  • Babylon will be defeated 

When they were in the midst of the “Israel has sinned” or “Israel must submit” parts of the sermon it might not seem so comforting to hear that God has not forsaken them. But in the middle of Babylon, during times of great trial, as when Haman attempted their extermination[1], such a promise would hold great comfort. 

We are in a world filled with sin. It would be foolish for us to deny our own complicity. God uses circumstances, some very unpleasant and often from sources we despise. But in the thick of it we have this wonderful and comforting assurance, “Though we have sinned against the Holy One, He has not forsaken us.”


[1]Esther 3:6 (KJV)
And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

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Jeremiah 50:19-20 Pardoned

Jeremiah 50:19-20 (KJV)
And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

Though Israel is again in his habitation this could hardly be a fulfillment of our passage. The soul of Israel is so far from that which God’s Word describes and God desires of Israel that we must conclude this passage is yet to be fulfilled. That fulfillment, as I understand the Word of God, occurs during the Millennial Kingdom. 

Notice verse 20. A search is made for the iniquities and the sins of Israel and Judah and none is found. Imagine! In a day when information is so freely passed, it is impossible to find out their sins and iniquities. Is it because there are none? Hardly. The reason none can be found is because God has pardoned them. 

Believer, see yourself in this passage. 

  • You know your sin. 
  • You know how short you fall from the glory of God. 
  • You may dread that day you appear in the presence of God. 

Here is the promise of the Word of God; “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”[1]They are gone, forgotten, removed as far as the east is from the west, buried in the depths of the sea. Why? Because God pardons those He reserves. 


[1]Hebrews 10:17 (KJV)
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

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Jeremiah 44:27 Not For Good

Jeremiah 44:27 (KJV)
Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

We live in such an evil world that people simply assume things of a spiritual nature

  • They assume they can love God without showing it
  • They assume God will forgive them without their repentance 
  • They assume they will go to heaven without ever living for heaven
  • They assume God will watch over them and protect them though their every action is in opposition to the will and character of God. 

Not so. 

These Jews had flatly chosen to disregard the preacher’s message and disobey the will of God. God’s message to them was simple; He would watch over them, but not for good. How terrible it would be to have the God of all creation take a special interest in you, but not for good! 

God is a God of love. His plan for mankind is good – only good. But that plan necessarily includes the judgment of those who choose against Him. 

Purpose to obey the Lord. Purpose to be where the preacher is, to read carefully the Word of God and heed earnestly the message of God. 

I want God to watch over me for good, don’t you?

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Jeremiah 43:4 This Will Destroy Us

Jeremiah 43:4 (KJV)
So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the LORD, to dwell in the land of Judah.

At first Jeremiah preached surrender to Babylon, “Allow them to remove you from Babylon.” The chief men and majority of the population refused his message and were destroyed, and still taken captive by Babylon. But there were others that Babylon left in Judah. To those Jeremiah preached they should remain in Judah and not flee to Egypt out of fear of Babylon. They too refused his message. They fled to Egypt and forced Jeremiah to go with them. There they were destroyed as well. 

The problem in both cases, was that they did not trust God. Because they did not trust God, they would not obey Jeremiah’s message. Their problem wasn’t with Jeremiah. Their problem was with God. But because they did not trust God, they did not obey the preaching of God’s Word and they were almost altogether destroyed. 

Our problem today is that we do not trust God. It manifests itself in a rejection of Bible preaching. People heap themselves around teachers who bring popular messages and modern music, or else they ignore Christianity altogether. But the problem is not with solid preaching. It exists if they will but hear it. The problem is a lack of trust in God. 

It is this problem that will destroy us. 

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Jeremiah 42:12 God’s Mercy First

Jeremiah 42:12 (KJV)
And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

God’s mercy would beget Babylon’s mercy. 

The thing they needed first was mercy from God. That mercy Babylon could provide was of little use unless they first had the mercy of God. 

So our world seeks favor, compassion, forgiveness, mercy from the wrong sources. If a man is able to gain them all from the people surrounding them. If he is able to gain:

  • The fame of the world, 
  • The popularity of his peers and 
  • The favor of his leaders 

he is still without if has not received them from God.

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 

Seek mercy from God first. Seek His grace first. 

Then those mercies you might receive of others is a mercy indeed.

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Jeremiah 37:19 God’s Pleasure

Jeremiah 37:19 (KJV)
Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

Notice the quick spirit of Jeremiah. Though the circumstances, in the flesh, were against him yet in the spirit he was the victor. 

  • Jeremiah’s prophecies concerning Babylon had come to pass
  • Those prophets’ had been proven to be false

Yet Jeremiah was the one in prison. Those false prophets seemed to be at liberty to spread yet more lies. 

This world, as was the king and the whole of Jerusalem, blinded to the truth. Though it stared them in the face, they would rather believe a lie and accuse the preachers of truth for their troubles. 

Yet the king was somewhat stirred in his heart. We never know what the heart of a man is going through. Though their face may appear hardened to the Word of God, it could be that an entirely different thing is happening behind the mask. 

  • Be faithful to God’s Word. 
  • Be faithful despite the hardships. 
  • Be faithful regardless of the lack of fruit. 
  • Be faithful unto the end. 

It is God’s pleasure we seek, not that of any in this world. 

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Jeremiah 36:3 Maybe

Jeremiah 36:3 (KJV)
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Jeremiah 36:7 (KJV)
It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people.

God used Jeremiah to pen down the words of God and to present them before the people of Judah. God’s proposition to Jeremiah was that:

  • It may be they would hear and return and
  • It may be they will pray to God and return 

I am certain that God knew exactly what Judah would do. 

He knew there would be some who fasted
Vs 9

He knew there would be some who feared
Vs 16

He also knew there would be some who threw it into the fire
Vs 23

God knew, but no one else did. 

  • Jeremiah didn’t know
  • Baruch didn’t know

It is not ours to know. We may only expect that some will want to hear the word of God. 

  • Some will pray
  • Some will repent 
  • Some will reject it outright

We just tell it to them. If they reject it, we tell them again. If they remove it (as the king did by fire) we just bring it up again and keep on with the same message. 

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Jeremiah 35:18-19 Follow Their Fathers

Jeremiah 35:18-19 (KJV)
And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.

The Rechabites, according to the commentaries, were not Israelites but an ancient Gentile people with long and friendly ties to Judah. Their family had held fast to the teachings of an ancient father, Jonadab. Speculations concerning why are concern his desire to preserve high morality among them. The simple nomadic lifestyle would have been suited to the pursuit of spiritual health and less given to those tendencies to gain through greed. It would have also kept them non-threatening to Israel. 

Jeremiah was not instructed to make them drunk but to demonstrate that they would not drink the alcohol. The point of the exercise was to show Judah that they could have avoided the Babylonian trial had they just had the integrity to follow the teachings, not of an earthly father, but their Heavenly Father. 

God gave these simple Gentiles the promise that they would always have children, descendants, standing before God because they understood the value of listening to and obeying, even for generations, their old fathers. 

The newest generation of believers (including their pastors) would do well to follow the lessons of the Rechabites. 

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Jeremiah 34:8-11 Here Is A Tragic Thing

Jeremiah 34:8-11 (KJV)
This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.
Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go.
But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.

Here is a tragic thing. 

It is the tragic that they had enslaved one another. 
Slavery was somewhat different than we think of it today. But it was still not liberty 

It is tragic that, though they originally obeyed, they quickly returned to their old ways. 
We see it happen time and again. Someone gets excited about God, but then the old life overwhelms them. They are, in effect, slaves to their old life. In the passage’s case, they were slaves to possessing these slaves. 

It is tragic in that the slaves, once freed, could so easily be enslaved again. 
Being legally free and declared free is much different from being emotionally, spiritually and actually free. The slave had to have a place to go, a job to work and a heart to make personal choices. 

Even so there are those who come to Christ for salvation and, according to the Bible, are set free. But they never really accept it. They allow themselves to remain slaves to sin and the old life because they aren’t the willing to accept the responsibility of spiritual liberty. They aren’t willing walk with God by faith and grace. They aren’t willing to open the Bible and listen to God. They aren’t will to speak with God in prayer. They aren’t willing to get themselves up and to church. 

They have become so accustomed to letting the flesh, letting sin, letting this world dictate their life choices that they aren’t prepared to make choices for their own path with God. 

It is tragic. 

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