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Jeremiah 8:13-9:23 — July 30, 2017

Jeremiah 8:13-9:23

Jeremiah 8:13 – 9:23


Jeremiah 8:13 – 9:23 consists of anguish from the prophet Jeremiah and the people of the land. The anguish consists in a sense of a wailing about the destruction from the surroundings. G-d gives the reply in which the prophet Jeremiah conveys the message that the end of the inhabitants was at hand during that era and further that serpents were coming to destroy the land. Long ago, that time was a time of distress for the inhabitants because of the foreign Kings that were set on the destruction of that place and determined on conquering. The prophet explains that “The whole land quaked” from the chariots and peoples that went to destroy the land during that era (Jeremiah 8:16). A quote stated that the people were in anguish because of the idols that were around even amongst G-d, the King. Another quote stated that even among the people, G-d said that he would “smelt and assay them” because of the people (Jeremiah 9:6).  Part of the issue is that during that era, many idols were being made and there was no stopping with the making of idols. Instead of worshipping G-d, every man and his neighbor were bent on smelting and assaying tons of idols. So G-d questioned whether or not there should have been punishment – because of the deception and creation of many idols. If it goes that an array of idols are being created then it leaves no room for service to G-d. In addition, because of the unfaithfulness to G-d, the land was made desolate with barely anything living in it whilst some people were exiled and some stayed in a desolation of what I would call a zero zone – a zone for a brief time where people might pass but other creatures don’t go. G-d responded in all of that, that because of the baalim and attempts to create arrays of idols, the service to G-d was not all there, moreover, I say that since there was the creation of a slew of idols and everybody serving the slew of idols that everyone was making, the service to G-d was not there.

Jeremiah description of first half of book — July 25, 2017

Jeremiah description of first half of book

The Book of Jeremiah -1-28


So far the book of Jeremiah has been terrible. In that sense, it seems like a book of the nations that seems to have only imaginings of chaos, violence, and the likes. If you imagine that during that era of the prophet Jeremiah that there was probably a problem with factions of nations coming against the land of Israel. If there isn’t historical knowledge of what occurred during that era then you have to go off what the book states. The issue goes from, in my opinion, a playfulness of “oh my gosh,” people are baking cakes and eating meat, to one that is stirred with jesters that have one side in mind at the downfall of victims of the nations.

Toward the beginning of the book the prophet seems to be struggling with some issue. The playfulness is that it was stated in the book that the people were building fires and also baking cakes. The cakes were being baked by everyone in order to acknowledge the Queen of Heaven and whilst the entirety of the land was building fires and baking the LORD seems to have an intolerance for wickedness in the land – a wickedness that prophet Jeremiah was complaining about. The Lord GOD states in chapter 7 that all it is is wrath while the LORD of Hosts says to eat meat! This chapter was particularly entertaining in that the whole inhabitants were building the fires and making cakes.

Toward chapter 10 you might feel that your soul feels heavy based on what was written in the book of Jeremiah. It might be about a people that endured or were going to endure exile and the hardships that came with the factions of nations that came against the inhabitants during that era. The prophet speaks of wickedness and an ancient nation that would put the inhabitants into exile. The interesting thing in this chapter is that it was written to not be afraid of them that do no harm but can do no good. And it goes on past chapter 10 to descriptions of people going against Judah and also more about inhabitants being exiled at the downfall of the people that drink in order to get drunk and eventually have a downfall. You might start to imagine that an ancient group of people were coming to destroy the inhabitants and then some inhabitants are exiled and some die regardless of the history of the matter or not. It starts past these chapters to where you could imagine that large swells of people are yelling with violence and even one might be going at each other with swords. Oh, and then it is terrible. If that were or weren’t the case then all different branches are saying that if the sword doesn’t get you then pestilence might. The prophet seems too attached to destroying the land, or it might be that the people in highest ranks are factually wanting to destroy.

The sad thing is that toward the chapter 20-28 – at least in one of those chapters – the Lord states that pestilence, sword, and famine are going to be there for the remnants in Egypt and Judah. How terrible! But even more so, if you could save that one Lord then the Lord might live and live comfortably. If it was a case of one guy dying at the hands of the Kings in that era and the prophet telling how things were going to be it is just a complete and utter humanity case of woe! Even more so, when one of the prophets states that the remnant is going to be restored, prophet Jeremiah stepped in in order to place more control over the opposition. Toward those chapters, it was all about serving the King of Babylon.

I will end there for now. Hopefully I will get the chance to keep writing about the next chapters of the book of Jeremiah. To end, here is a quote of what was written, כִּדְנָה֙ תֵּאמְר֣וּן לְה֔וֹם אֱלָ֣הַיָּ֔א דִּֽי־שְׁמַיָּ֥א וְאַרְקָ֖א לָ֣א עֲבַ֑דוּ יֵאבַ֧דוּ מֵֽאַרְעָ֛א וּמִן־תְּח֥וֹת שְׁמַיָּ֖א אֵֽלֶּה׃ (ס)Thus shall you say to them: Let the gods, who did not make heaven and earth, perish from the earth and from under these heavens.” 

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD — July 17, 2017

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD

Jeremiah 2 – The inhabitants forsake the LORD


The LORD strikes at the inhabitants of the land with a sound of appall. In Jeremiah 2, the LORD vents that the inhabitants of the land are forsaking the LORD and abandoning the LORD. The LORD spoke that the inhabitants were deluded and went after delusion. It is always good to seek out the LORD while the LORD might be found. Instead of the inhabitants of the land seeking to enjoy the fruits that the LORD might provide, the LORD makes the claim that the land is full of loathing and is abhorrent. G-d states to the people of the land that they go after Baalim even whilst the LORD says that there is a wickedness and that they follow what can do no good. The LORD there spoke forth that the inhabitants turned away from the LORD and the LORD was probably appalled and possibly angered by that. In essence, they “followed what can do no good” [Jeremiah 2 verse 8]. The statements put forth are statements of upsetting conditions in which the LORD makes claim and in which the LORD also places a grasp on the inhabitants. Finally, G-d makes the claim that by forsaking the LORD, the inhabitants had to handle affliction.

The LORD in Jeremiah chapter 2 is letting the inhabitants know that they have abandoned the LORD and went after delusion. Additionally, the LORD makes the statement that nobody is asking about the LORD who brought the Israelites out of Egypt. The LORD also makes the claim that the inhabitants are making the LORD’s possession abhorrent or repugnant. Finally the people were prophecying by Baal and followed “what can do no good.” G-d finally makes the claim that misfortune and affliction is from forsaking the LORD and that since there is no awe of the G-d. G-d also makes the claim that the guilt of going after the baalim is ingrained in the inhabitants but G-d also makes the claim that “none grow weary who seek her out – in her season, they’ll find her.” Oh gosh, the inhabitants are going after the baalim and G-d says so. So where is G-d when any inhabitant needs saving. The LORD speaks that even whilst inhabitants go after the baalim, when things get hectic, the inhabitants cry save please and the LORD made claim.