Jeremiah's sermon to Judah concerning their willful disobedience.
Does God issue any commands?
- God sent Jeremiah to Jerusalem to tell them that He remembered His beloved city when she was young and faithful.
- The heavens are to be astonished at the way the people of God changed their glory for that which does not profit. (Perhaps God meant the angels or the righteous who had already gone to Heaven were astonished at what had happened to the once-glorious nation?)
Does God make any promises?
- Even though God was angry with Judah, He promised to devour everyone that offended Israel.
- The people had turned their backs on God in order to worship idols made from tree stumps and stones so He would no longer help them to prosper.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- When describing how He led the Children of Israel out of Egypt and through the desert God said He led them through the shadow of death. Jesus is the Shepherd that leads us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death in which all of His children live during their natural lives.
- Jesus is the fountain of Living Water.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- God's promise to devour everyone that offends Israel. That promise is still in effect and God never forgets His promises! Someday all the fighting in that region will be settled, not by the world powers but by The World Power.
- When God led Israel into the Promised Land He brought them into a good land plentiful with fruit and everything else that they required. However, since they were sinful people they soon defiled God's land. One day God's children will inhabit the Promised Land where the fruit is plentiful and everything that is required will be abundantly provided but in that land there will be no defilement because the sins of the inhabitants have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb, God Himself.