During the reign of Jehoiakim God told Jeremiah to make himself bonds and yokes. Then during the reign of Zedekiah Jeremiah was to send these bonds and yokes to kings of other nations.
Does God issue any commands?
- God told Jeremiah to make himself bonds and yokes to put on his own neck. These were to be sent to the kings of Moab, Edom, Ammonites, Tyrus, and Zidon by ambassadors sent to King Zedekiah telling them that their nations had been given to Nebuchadnezzar, his son, and his grandson.
- God told Jeremiah to tell Zedekiah not to rebel against being under tribute to Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah was to warn him that God had not sent the lying prophets who claimed that Zedekiah could prevail against Nebuchadnezzar.
Does God make any promises?
- The nations that would not submit to the yoke of bondage under Nebuchadnezzar would be punished with sword, famine, and pestilence.
- The nations that would submit to the yoke of bondage under Nebuchadnezzar would remain in their own lands as tributaries of Babylon.
- God promised King Zedekiah that the rest of the Temple furnishing would be taken away to Babylon. Many of them had already been taken there when Nebuchadnezzar punished Jeconiah and carried him away to Babylon.
- God promised that the named Temple furnishings would be returned when the remnant returned to Jerusalem.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Like Jeremiah, Jesus was always confronted the false religious teachers of the day.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- In the latter days of the nation of Judah there were false prophets that led the people astray and gave them false comfort by telling the people just what they wanted to hear. II Timothy 4:3 teaches that in the earth's latter days people will not listen to sound doctrine but will find teachers to ease their itching ears.