October 11, 2021

The Branch

Jeremiah 19-24

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The Broken Flask

Thus says the LORD, “Go, buy a potter's earthenware flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests, and go out to the Valley of the Son of...

The Broken Flask

Thus says the LORD, “Go, buy a potter's earthenware flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests, and go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— therefore, behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. And in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth. And I will make this city a horror, a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.’

10 Then you shall break the flask in the sight of the men who go with you, 11 and shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury. 12 Thus will I do to this place, declares the LORD, and to its inhabitants, making this city like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah—all the houses on whose roofs offerings have been offered to all the host of heaven, and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be defiled like the place of Topheth.’”

14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the LORD's house and said to all the people: 15 “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 Persecuted by Pashhur

Now Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the LORD. The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The LORD does not call your name Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. For thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. Moreover, I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.”

O LORD, you have deceived me,
    and I was deceived;
you are stronger than I,
    and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all the day;
    everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
    I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me
    a reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, “I will not mention him,
    or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
    shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
    and I cannot.
10  For I hear many whispering.
    Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
    say all my close friends,
    watching for my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
    then we can overcome him
    and take our revenge on him.”
11  But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
    therefore my persecutors will stumble;
    they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
    for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
    will never be forgotten.
12  O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous,
    who sees the heart and the mind, 1
let me see your vengeance upon them,
    for to you have I committed my cause.

13  Sing to the LORD;
    praise the LORD!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
    from the hand of evildoers.

14  Cursed be the day
    on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
    let it not be blessed!
15  Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you,”
    making him very glad.
16  Let that man be like the cities
    that the LORD overthrew without pity;
let him hear a cry in the morning
    and an alarm at noon,
17  because he did not kill me in the womb;
    so my mother would have been my grave,
    and her womb forever great.
18  Why did I come out from the womb
    to see toil and sorrow,
    and spend my days in shame?

Jerusalem Will Fall to Nebuchadnezzar

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchiah and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, “Inquire of the LORD for us, for Nebuchadnezzar 2 king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”

Then Jeremiah said to them: “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands and with which you are fighting against the king of Babylon and against the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the walls. And I will bring them together into the midst of this city. I myself will fight against you with outstretched hand and strong arm, in anger and in fury and in great wrath. And I will strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast. They shall die of a great pestilence. Afterward, declares the LORD, I will give Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people in this city who survive the pestilence, sword, and famine into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of their enemies, into the hand of those who seek their lives. He shall strike them down with the edge of the sword. He shall not pity them or spare them or have compassion.’

And to this people you shall say: ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war. 10 For I have set my face against this city for harm and not for good, declares the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.’

Message to the House of David

11 And to the house of the king of Judah say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, 12 O house of David! Thus says the LORD:

‘Execute justice in the morning,
    and deliver from the hand of the oppressor
    him who has been robbed,
lest my wrath go forth like fire,
    and burn with none to quench it,
    because of your evil deeds.’”

13  “Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley,
    O rock of the plain,
    declares the LORD;
you who say, ‘Who shall come down against us,
    or who shall enter our habitations?’
14  I will punish you according to the fruit of your deeds,
    declares the LORD;
    I will kindle a fire in her forest,
    and it shall devour all that is around her.”

Thus says the LORD: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people. But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah:

‘You are like Gilead to me,
    like the summit of Lebanon,
yet surely I will make you a desert,
    an uninhabited city. 3
I will prepare destroyers against you,
    each with his weapons,
and they shall cut down your choicest cedars
    and cast them into the fire.

‘And many nations will pass by this city, and every man will say to his neighbor, “Why has the LORD dealt thus with this great city?” And they will answer, “Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and worshiped other gods and served them.”’”

10  Weep not for him who is dead,
    nor grieve for him,
but weep bitterly for him who goes away,
    for he shall return no more
    to see his native land.

Message to the Sons of Josiah

11 For thus says the LORD concerning Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went away from this place: “He shall return here no more, 12 but in the place where they have carried him captive, there shall he die, and he shall never see this land again.”

13  “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness,
    and his upper rooms by injustice,
who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing
    and does not give him his wages,
14  who says, ‘I will build myself a great house
    with spacious upper rooms,’
who cuts out windows for it,
    paneling it with cedar
    and painting it with vermilion.
15  Do you think you are a king
    because you compete in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
    and do justice and righteousness?
    Then it was well with him.
16  He judged the cause of the poor and needy;
    then it was well.
Is not this to know me?
    declares the LORD.
17  But you have eyes and heart
    only for your dishonest gain,
for shedding innocent blood,
    and for practicing oppression and violence.”

18 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

“They shall not lament for him, saying,
    ‘Ah, my brother!’ or ‘Ah, sister!’
They shall not lament for him, saying,
    ‘Ah, lord!’ or ‘Ah, his majesty!’
19  With the burial of a donkey he shall be buried,
    dragged and dumped beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”

20  “Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
    and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from Abarim,
    for all your lovers are destroyed.
21  I spoke to you in your prosperity,
    but you said, ‘I will not listen.’
This has been your way from your youth,
    that you have not obeyed my voice.
22  The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
    and your lovers shall go into captivity;
then you will be ashamed and confounded
    because of all your evil.
23  O inhabitant of Lebanon,
    nested among the cedars,
how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you,
    pain as of a woman in labor!”

24 “As I live, declares the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off 25 and give you into the hand of those who seek your life, into the hand of those of whom you are afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 I will hurl you and the mother who bore you into another country, where you were not born, and there you shall die. 27 But to the land to which they will long to return, there they shall not return.”

28  Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot,
    a vessel no one cares for?
Why are he and his children hurled and cast
    into a land that they do not know?
29  O land, land, land,
    hear the word of the LORD!
30  Thus says the LORD:
“Write this man down as childless,
    a man who shall not succeed in his days,
for none of his offspring shall succeed
    in sitting on the throne of David
    and ruling again in Judah.”

The Righteous Branch

“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. 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. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD. Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD.

Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he 4 had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”

Lying Prophets

Concerning the prophets:

My heart is broken within me;
    all my bones shake;
I am like a drunken man,
    like a man overcome by wine,
because of the LORD
    and because of his holy words.
10  For the land is full of adulterers;
    because of the curse the land mourns,
    and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
Their course is evil,
    and their might is not right.
11  “Both prophet and priest are ungodly;
    even in my house I have found their evil,
    declares the LORD.
12  Therefore their way shall be to them
    like slippery paths in the darkness,
    into which they shall be driven and fall,
for I will bring disaster upon them
    in the year of their punishment,
    declares the LORD.
13  In the prophets of Samaria
    I saw an unsavory thing:
they prophesied by Baal
    and led my people Israel astray.
14  But in the prophets of Jerusalem
    I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies;
    they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
    so that no one turns from his evil;
all of them have become like Sodom to me,
    and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”
15  Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets:
“Behold, I will feed them with bitter food
    and give them poisoned water to drink,
for from the prophets of Jerusalem
    ungodliness has gone out into all the land.”

16 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

18  For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD
    to see and to hear his word,
    or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
19  Behold, the storm of the LORD!
    Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
    it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
20  The anger of the LORD will not turn back
    until he has executed and accomplished
    the intents of his heart.
In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

21  “I did not send the prophets,
    yet they ran;
I did not speak to them,
    yet they prophesied.
22  But if they had stood in my council,
    then they would have proclaimed my words to my people,
and they would have turned them from their evil way,
    and from the evil of their deeds.

23 Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? 24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. 25 I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, 27 who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? 28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.

33 When one of this people, or a prophet or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden of the LORD?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden, 5 and I will cast you off, declares the LORD.’ 34 And as for the prophet, priest, or one of the people who says, ‘The burden of the LORD,’ I will punish that man and his household. 35 Thus shall you say, every one to his neighbor and every one to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 36 But ‘the burden of the LORD’ you shall mention no more, for the burden is every man's own word, and you pervert the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God. 37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 38 But if you say, ‘The burden of the LORD,’ thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have said these words, “The burden of the LORD,” when I sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The burden of the LORD,’” 39 therefore, behold, I will surely lift you up 6 and cast you away from my presence, you and the city that I gave to you and your fathers. 40 And I will bring upon you everlasting reproach and perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’”

The Good Figs and the Bad Figs

After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken into exile from Jerusalem Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, together with the officials of Judah, the craftsmen, and the metal workers, and had brought them to Babylon, the LORD showed me this vision: behold, two baskets of figs placed before the temple of the LORD. One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. And the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I said, “Figs, the good figs very good, and the bad figs very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.”

Then the word of the LORD came to me: “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. I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

But thus says the LORD: Like the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat Zedekiah the king of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. I will make them a horror 7 to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a reproach, a byword, a taunt, and a curse in all the places where I shall drive them. 10 And I will send sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.”

Footnotes

[1] 20:12 Hebrew kidneys
[2] 21:2 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, an alternate spelling of Nebuchadnezzar (king of Babylon) occurring frequently from Jeremiah 21–52; this latter spelling is used throughout Jeremiah for consistency
[3] 22:6 Hebrew cities
[4] 23:8 Septuagint; Hebrew I
[5] 23:33 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew What burden?
[6] 23:39 Or surely forget you
[7] 24:9 Compare Septuagint; Hebrew horror for evil

The Branch



Key Verse | Jeremiah 23:5

"Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land."

Bio | Braxton Zella

I grew up in a small farm town in South Central Texas. I went from knowing of Jesus to knowing Him through a Christian camp ministry when I was about 16. He began to stir my heart for the local church, which is how I ended up serving at Watermark. In my free time, you'll find me enjoying the outdoors, adventuring somewhere new, or enjoying some good coffee (preferably accompanied by some close friends). I pray that His Word would encourage you and that His Spirit would make up for where my words fall short!

Central Truth

God is in the business of keeping promises. In Jeremiah 23:5, He promises a righteous Branch (a literal offspring) from the line of David to reign and deal wisely and with righteousness. Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of this prediction.

Devotional | Jeremiah 19-24

My grandfather Frank was a gifted farmer. One of his greatest joys was accomplishing the feat of cutting and baling hay, which is no easy task in the 110-degree South Texas heat. His herd of cattle was much like the...

My grandfather Frank was a gifted farmer. One of his greatest joys was accomplishing the feat of cutting and baling hay, which is no easy task in the 110-degree South Texas heat. His herd of cattle was much like the sheep the Bible often uses as imagery.

Frank could walk out of his house and make a very distinct moo-like noise, and the entire herd would come running to him. Why? They knew his voice, and they knew that his call to them meant their hunger would be satisfied (John 10:27-28). They knew he cared for them, and they trusted him. Caring for a flock is a big deal, and God takes caring for His sheep very seriously; He promises to do so many times throughout Scripture.

God is in the business of keeping promises. He promised to make a great nation of the children of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), He promised through the Mosaic covenant to take Israel to be His treasured possession if they kept His covenant (Exodus 19:5), and He made a covenant with King David to establish the monarchy over Israel through David's line (2 Samuel 7:8-17).

In Jeremiah 23, God cautions and warns against the unrighteous kings who had been acting as terrible shepherds, disregarding and not caring for His sheep. God promises a good and righteous king who would deal well with His sheep. Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of God's Word spoken through Jeremiah in this passage; Jesus Christ is the good shepherd (John 10:1-21; Psalm 23).

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Discussion Questions

1. How in your life has God kept His promises?

2. Have you observed poor shepherding? Have you ever been a poor shepherd?

3. Are you often looking for and observing Christ in the Old Testament, such as in the promises that God made?

9 Comments available

Michael Scaman 15 days ago

Jeremiah was conflicted. The message was hard on him, not easy. But he was compelled to do it.

Sue Bohlin 16 days ago

Thanks, Braxton!

It was disturbing to read (and hear) Jeremiah 20:7 in the ESV, “O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived”. . . Say what?

I am so thankful for Bible study tools such as the NET Bible with its copious notes that explain some of the translation issues that result in less-than-stellar word choices. Such as, “Lord you have deceived me”!! How can the God of all truth deceive someone and still be righteous?

So apparently it’s better to substitute “You have coerced me” or “You have persuaded me.” OK, that makes way more sense.

A good reminder that we’re always looking through the lens of translators’ perspectives and filters, and we are hugely blessed to have so many Bible study helps available to us.

Linda Green 17 days ago

In regards to Hugh’s comment about Jeremiah 20:9: Psalm 32 and Psalm 39, (especially Psalm 32:3 and Psalms 39:2-3) came to mind. Different reasons not to speak but God’s spirit working in both men. And in us.

Am glad you speak the praises of God, Hugh- it is a blessing.

Linda Green 17 days ago

Loved your story, Braxton, and pointing us to Jesus in the Old Testament. With the darkness of Jeremiah’s prophecies, God provided many points of light. None are brighter than the promise of the coming King who will fix everything!

God’s ways, though He is sinless, are still hard to understand. Jeremiah 23:20 was reassuring to this constant questioner.

Chapter 19 spoke of the clay flask Jeremiah used as an example of the coming destruction of Judah. Johnathan Kahn, a Messianic Jewish rabbi, spoke in Washington DC in 2020 and referenced this passage. Worth listening to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuIoDCOcyG8

Greg Jones 17 days ago

2/2 Gehenna, the place where Ahaz sacrificed his sons 2Chronicles28:3, becomes a cursed dump, the broken vessel Jeremiah 19:10. After Jerusalem is rebuilt it becomes the place lepers and other outcasts who are considered cursed are consigned to dwell. Sheol is a more neutral place where all, the righteous and the cursed, are destined. When a straight forward translation of the Hebrew is used Sheol and Gehenna are two distinct places, with not everyone experiencing Gehenna and no one escaping Sheol.

Greg Jones 17 days ago

“Go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom”, Jeremiah19:2. A literal place also known as Gehenna. Gehenna is a different place than Sheol. Sheol is more like the grave, the buried place of the of the dead. Gehenna is the dump where the trash is burned.

Over time and translations Gehenna, Sheol, and Hades, Sheol’s Greek equivalent, are translated into English as hell by the King James Translation. Or usually translated hell to fit the translators theology.

Sheol concerning the wicked:

Psalm9:17KJV-“The wicked shall be turned into hell (Sheol).

Psalm55:15KJV-Let [the wicked] so down quick into hell (Sheol)

Sheol concerning the righteous:

Psalm89:48KJV-Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave (Sheol)?

Job14:13KJV-O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave (Sheol)

Hugh Stephenson 17 days ago

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Jeremiah is so filled with the spirit of the LORD that he cannot keep from speaking the Word of the LORD.

The notes edify: “When Jeremiah decides not to preach, he apparently feels intense (and possibly bodily) pain, as if the words are trying to burst forth. He cannot stop proclaiming God’s words.”

This is amazing.

I can’t imagine this.

Father, I have no way of comprehending this level of possession of the Holy Spirit. Even so, I pray to be so surrendered that in encouragement and admonishment that I may fully and completely live up to your call to me in be your witness, (Acts 1:8) and to teach others all you have commanded me, (Matthew 28:19-20).

Hugh Stephenson 17 days ago

1 of 2

GM Braxton. Love your story about your grandfather and your focus on the promises and prophecies.

Today I am reflecting on Jeremiah 20:9.

“If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.”

Michael Scaman 21 days ago

Now Jeremiah spills his heart out to God

O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived;

We might like to think God has a future and a hope for everyone, but… that is not what Jeremiah presents. There are bad figs in Jerusalem (the safer place) they will face severe judgement being unrepentant. There are good figs taken to Babylon (sounds worse but God will give them a future and a hope)

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