Jeremiah 28

As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent a prophet. (Jeremiah 28:9) Even Jeremiah responded to Hananiah by saying “Amen!” (v. 6) when hearing this too-good-to-be-true news for the exiles. Unfortunately,...

Jeremiah 27

To Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke in like manner: “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people and live.” (Jeremiah 27:12) Wow, this is strange. Is the LORD telling the exiles to serve an enemy nation? God is wise in...

Jeremiah 26

Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 26:16) Among those hearing Jeremiah, some recognized the severity of his words...

Jeremiah 25

Thus the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I sent you drink it.” (Jeremiah 25:15) The “cup of the wine of wrath” is an image used by Jesus in multiple...

Jeremiah 24

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans.” (Jeremiah 24:5) King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has taken some key people from Judah, including...

Jeremiah 23

Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them.” (Jeremiah 23:2a) Poor shepherding leads God’s people astray. We can probably think of bad examples of...

Jeremiah 22

Do you think you are a king because you compete in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? (Jeremiah 22:15) Here the Lord addresses Shallum, the son of Josiah. Josiah was considered a reforming king. He wanted God’s people to go back to their...

Jeremiah 21

I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath. (Jeremiah 21:5) Wow! If there’s someone you don’t want to be fighting against, it’s certainly the God of the Universe. The message for King Zedekiah is that God will...

Jeremiah 20

Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame? (Jeremiah 20:18) Jeremiah has lost confidence in his calling as a prophet so much that he’s now cursing his own birth. Why? Because the opposition is great. He endured physical beating...

Jeremiah 19

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words.” (Jeremiah 19:15) The language used in Jeremiah 19...