The people of God had polluted and desecrated the land of God with their false-worship. Instead of being a shining witness of God's goodness to the Gentiles they had given them the impression that Judah's LORD was nothing more than the work of men's hands.
Does God issue any commands?
- God told Jeremiah not to return to the vile but let them come to him if they wish to confront him.
- God told Jeremiah not to marry and or have children due to the sorrows that were about to descend upon Judah.
- God told Jeremiah not to go to the houses of feasting (celebrations and parties: weddings, etc.).
Does God make any promises?
- God promised Jeremiah that it would be well with the remnant and that He would cause the enemy to treat their captives well.
- God promised Jeremiah that the vile men who would confront him and wish him harm would not prevail against him because God would redeem him out of the hands of the wicked.
- Many of the children would die in the siege and their parents would be greatly bereaved. (He told Jeremiah not to marry for this reason.)
- The day would come when the people would no longer say, "The LORD lives that brought up the Children of Israel out of Egypt" but will say "The LORD lives that brought up the Children of Israel out of the land of the north." In other words, God promised that a remnant would return to the land.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Through the blood of Jesus, God has promised to redeem us out the hand of the wicked!
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- God was angry in the days of Jeremiah because His land (Israel) was polluted with many idols and the worship of false gods. Conditions are much the same today. God will purge His land once more and will take permanent possession of it. (This is what the book of Revelation says about the future of the land of Israel.)