Jeremiah 50:32 Against the Proud

Jeremiah 50:32 (KJV)
And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

The context is of the King of Babylon. Consider what we know of Nebuchadnezzar and of Belshazzar. The application extends, I am sure, to the empire of Babylon. It was cut down by the Medo-Persian empire, really, overnight. 

But there is an overwhelming principle throughout the Bible that teaches God is against the proud. It was the sin of Satan, the sin of Adam and Eve, the sin of Cain, the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the sin that leads to all others even today. 

Pride makes us easy targets of the devil. Pride ruins our relationships with others. Pride refuses to submit to GOD and, therefore, pride can never be lifted up in the sight of God. 

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Jeremiah 48:10 Whatever Our Work

Jeremiah 48:10 (KJV)
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Gill says “they were not to spare them, as Saul did the Amalekites, and Ahab Benhadad. This is a general rule, which may be applied to all divine work and service; every man has work to do for God; some in a more public, others in a more private way; all should be done in uprightness and sincerity, with all faithfulness and integrity: it is done deceitfully when men play the hypocrite; and negligently when they are backward to it, lukewarm in it, and infrequent in the performance of it; which brings upon them the curse of God; and which is not a curse causeless, but a legal one”

We all have a different work to do for the Lord. Whatever our work is, we ought to do it heartily and until God says we are done.

Colossians 4:17 (KJV) 
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 

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Jeremiah 46:28 Predetermined, Limited and Definite

Jeremiah 46:28 (KJV)
Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.

God corrects His own in measure. 

  • The lost will one day be judged in in the harshest of terms, the lake of fire forever. 
  • The children of God will not be judged (that has been finished at Calvary). 

We are, instead, corrected, and that in measure. It is predetermined, limited in intensity, and has a definite end.[1]

Someone will object that this verse is a specific promise to Jacob. It is that. But it has application that fits the New Testament child of God as well. 

Consider,
2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

And,
Hebrews 12:5-11 (KJV)
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Predetermined, limited in intensity and has a definite end. 

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[1] This, by the way, is how a parent must discipline their child.

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Jeremiah 45:5 Great Things

Jeremiah 45:5 (KJV)
And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.

I can’t imagine what great thing Baruch would have aspired to. 

  • The royalty and wealthy had been taken captive to Babylon 
  • The remnant, poor and unwanted had fled to Egypt 
  • They had forced Jeremiah (and I assume Baruch too) to go with them

Great things?

  • Did he mean popularity?
  • Did he mean wealth?
  • Did he mean influence and power?

I hardly think he could have thought those. 

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown says,
“When my own peculiar people, a “whole” nation and the temple, are being given to ruin, dost thou expect to be exempt from all hardship?”

Perhaps the great things he expected was simply to be free of the trouble. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown continues,
“Baruch had raised his expectations too high in this world, and this made his distresses harder to be borne.” 

It’s not popular Christianity today, especially since we have been spared so much hardship for so long, but perhaps it’s time we stop expecting to be treated as well as we have been. 

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Jeremiah 42:2-3 Be Faithful Anyway

Jeremiah 42:2-3 (KJV)
And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)
That the LORD thy God may shew us the way wherein we may walk, and the thing that we may do.

It turns out that the request of the people was not sincere. But it would have been a welcome thing to hear. 

  • They asked him to pray for them
  • They asked for directions from the Lord and
  • They promised to obey them whatever they were

We know that they did not obey and in fact forced Jeremiah to go with them in their disobedience. 

But Jeremiah was faithful. 

  • They asked him to pray for them, and he did. 
  • They asked for a message from God and he got it
  • They asked him to show them the thing they should do, and he did it

We can’t force people to do the right thing. We can be faithful to God and to them anyway. 

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Jeremiah 32:23 The Treasure in Jesus

Jeremiah 32:23 (KJV)
And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:

What an unbelievably stern verse. One would be tempted to call it an exaggeration, except it is the inspired Word of God. Israel, since the day they had entered the Promised Land, had done nothing God commanded them to do. 

I am sure they would have argued the point. 

  • What about under King David?
  • What about the revivals under good kings Hezekiah and Josiah?
  • What about those times when the blessings of God were evident in the land?

I am reminded of, James 2:10 (KJV)
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 

Here is a truth that applies to all, Jews and Gentiles. If we were able to obey everything God said, except for one offense, even one time, we are accountable as if we had disobeyed everything. 

This is why the grace of God in Jesus Christ is such a treasure. Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.[1] He obeyed everything the Father commanded without exception. He is perfectly, wholly and completely righteous and, the Bible says,
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

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[1] Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

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Jeremiah 31:3 Concerning Jesus

Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

This whole chapter is a prophecy concerning Jesus;
Jeremiah 31:13 (KJV)
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 

The mention of the virgin would not necessarily imply the virgin birth except for,
Jeremiah 31:15 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
This verse is clearly prophetic of Herod’s slaughter of the children in Bethlehem two years old and younger. 

Another verse implicating the virgin birth is,
Jeremiah 31:22 (KJV)
How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. 

A passage indicating the divine and human nature of Christ is,
Jeremiah 31:27 (KJV)
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. 

It is through this virgin birth God promises,
Jeremiah 31:31 (KJV)
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 

The result of this new covenant will be heavenly,
Jeremiah 31:33-37 (KJV)
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
Israel will experience a time when they will wonder if God had forsaken them. They will be measured and judged. But just as the sun rises in the morning and the moon at night, so God’s promises to Israel are sure,
Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

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Jeremiah 28:10-11 The Battle Between The Prophets

Jeremiah 28:10-11 (KJV)
Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it.
And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

This chapter plays out almost as a contest between the two prophets. Jeremiah, called of God even before his birth, had followed the Lord’s instructions and placed a yoke upon himself to represent the yoke of bondage Judah would face under Babylon. In the presence of a crowd, Hananiah, a prophet’s son, presumed to countermand Jeremiah’s message. He pronounced the yoke would only last two years. Jeremiah publicly acknowledged his desire to see Hananiah’s message come true but affirmed it would not. 

At this point the contest escalated. Hananiah physically removed the yoke from Jeremiah and broke it. It was no longer a battle of words. Jeremiah, realizing the nature of the situation went his way. 

But the contest was not over. 

At a later time, and having received further revelation from the Lord, Jeremiah re-engaged Hananiah but privately. He rebuked him for being a false prophet and pronounced he would die that year. The chapter ends by simply announcing, 

Jeremiah 28:17 (KJV) 
So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

Having been the son of a prophet gave Hananiah no authority to speak as a prophet. It certainly gave him no right to teach rebellion against the Lord. 

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Jeremiah 26:14 As Seemeth Good

Jeremiah 26:14 (KJV)
As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.

This passage reminds me of,
Acts 4:18-20 (KJV)
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

We have to know that Jeremiah did not wish to be executed. No one wants that. Ever. But he was certain that he had done the will of the Lord and, with that, must content himself to allow the will of God to be done unto him. 

I am amazed how close Jerusalem came to making this right and still turned from the Lord.  Mention was made of the prophet Micah, and how the nation repented then.[1] It seems to me that this makes their rebellion even more egregious. They reasoned it out. With a clear head, with logic and thought, with precedent before them, they still chose rebellion. 

People will make the choices they make. Let’s just be certain that we have chosen to obey the Lord. 

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[1] Jeremiah 26:18 (KJV)
Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.

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Jeremiah 22:29 Hear the Word of the LORD

Jeremiah 22:29 (KJV)
O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

There is a context for this plea, but I will leave it to the reader to do your own study of that. 

Hebrew expression frequently uses repetition to emphasize a thing, to make it stand out, to demonstrate its importance. By repeating the word, earth, three times the prophet is making it clear how important it is to hear the Word of the LORD. 

Could there be anything more important?

I am thinking today that Jeremiah did not say,

  • Israel
  • Judah
  • Jerusalem 

He said earth. 

I am reminded that the Word of the LORD is for all mankind. I think the thrice repeated word, “earth, earth, earth” ought to be understood as the uttermost parts of the earth. 

  • The East
  • The Middle East and
  • The West

May I press the passage a bit?

  • Washington, DC
  • Houston, TX
  • Olympia, WA

and all points in between, “hear the word of the LORD.”

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