After God gives Jeremiah the lessons of the girdle and the wine bottles and tells him that He will have no mercy upon the Israelites, yet through Jeremiah He makes another desperate appeal to the people to repent!
Does God issue any commands?
- God commanded Jeremiah to go get a linen girdle (a belt) and wear it but not to wash it.
- Later God told Jeremiah to take that linen girdle and place it in a hole of a rock near the Euphrates.
- Many days later God told Jeremiah to go back to the Euphrates and retrieve the linen girdle that he had placed in the hole of the rock.
- God told Jeremiah to tell the people that every wine bottle would be filled and to teach them the lesson of them.
Does God make any promises?
- God promised to humble His people, the people that He wore close to His body like a man would a belt, because they were evil and marred as the girdle Jeremiah had.
- Because of their fear, the kings, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem would be filled with drunkenness.
- God would have no pity for the people or show mercy to them because they constantly ignored the pleadings of God through His prophets to turn their hearts back to Him.
- God would scatter His people
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Jesus is the Rock. Those who are righteous and are hidden in the cleft of the Rock will not be marred but those who remain in their unrighteousness will be marred. As in this passage, the pride of the unrighteous will be ruined and they will be good for nothing.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- As much as it hurts God to turn away from those He created and loves, the day is coming when He will no longer have pity upon those who reject Him. There will be no mercy shown when each person meets God whether that be at the time of an individual's death or when God declares this age to be at an end.