June 21st

Jeremiah 14-17

  • 14:1-10 – This is talking about an actual drought on the land. People felt forsaken when they were not provided for through rain and plentiful crops.
  • 14:13-22 – There were many false prophets who were opposing what God was saying through Jeremiah and they were leading the Israelites astray. God tells Jeremiah what to say in response to the false prophets.
  • 15:1-9 – God is not backing down in coming after the false prophets and everyone who follows them.
  • 15:10-21 – Jeremiah is afraid of the people and God confirms his commitment to and protection of Jeremiah. God’s response in verses 19-21 are very powerful.
  • 16:1-15 – The first 13 verses are very bad news for the Israelites. They will face a great deal of destruction. The last two verses give hope, though, that they will eventually be returned to God’s intent for them.
  • 17:1-4 – Jeremiah continues to harp on how ridiculous and wrong it is for people to worship idols that people can make.
  • 17:5-13 – Jeremiah contrasts the idiocy of trusting in a person with the wisdom of trusting in God. He also lists the consequences.
  • 17:14-18 – This portion is very reminiscent of a psalm asking for protection and also for destruction of his enemies.
  • 17:19-27 – Jerusalem had a choice to be faithful and flourish or to be unfaithful and face destruction.

 

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