Jeremiah described the state of affairs in this 4th acrostic poem, one verse for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The city's resources, both its physical wealth and its people, are described as gold that has become marred.
As sheltered as most of us are who live in the western world, the descriptions of people, especially children, dying of hunger and thirst, is something with which we can only imagine. But Jeremiah points out that even those who once lived in luxury were experiencing the same distress. Read it and weep!
Does God issue any commands?
- None that I identified. The events described in this chapter happened because God's previous commands had been ignored.
Does God make any promises?
- Jeremiah addressed Edom with a prophecy of her own doom. This must have been something that he received of the LORD.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Jesus is the LORD that accomplished His fury by destroying the foundations of Jerusalem.
- Jesus is the LORD that will no longer carry the daughter of Zion into captivity.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- The carnage of this chapter is similar to that which is described near the end of the book of Revelation.