God told Jeremiah of a coming drought that would affect man and beasts. Jeremiah responded with a prayer for God not to leave them. God responded with a command to Jeremiah. Jeremiah prayed a total of three times. Each time God answered him.
Does God issue any commands?
- After Jeremiah prayed and asked God not to be as a stranger to His people God told Jeremiah to stop making intercessory prayer for the good of the people because the people were marked for destruction.
- God sent Jeremiah to weep in front of the people and to tell them that their relationship with the LORD God was broken.
- Jeremiah was to answer the people who asked him where they would go that those appointed to the sword would go to the sword, those who were appointed to death would die, those that were appointed to be captives would go into captivity.
Does God make any promises?
- God would not hear the prayers nor accept the sacrifices of the wicked.
- God promised to send the sword and famine to destroy the false prophets who were giving the people false hope because they were misrepresenting God by lying. God had not sent these prophets!
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- The prayers of Jeremiah are very much like the prayers of Jesus on the cross. Both asked why God had forsaken His beloved. In each case the answer is "sin."
- God told Jeremiah that He would not turn His heart toward the wayward people if Moses or Samuel stood before Him as intercessor. Moses was a prophet and Samuel was a priest. Both had interceded on behalf of the people at some point in history. But Jesus is the Prophet and Priest worthy of making intercession for sinners because He alone had no sin of His own whereas both Moses and Samuel were sinners.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- Each person had an appointment with death or captivity. God was weary of meaningless repentance and the nation of Judah came to an end. One day God's patience will end, He will grow weary of meaningless repentance and the nations of the world will end.