Today’s reading is: Jer. 25:15-38; 36; 45-46
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Five
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Jeremiah, the prophet to the nations (Jer. 1:10), is given a cup of the wrath of the Lord and sent to all the nations of the earth (Jer. 25:15-29).
- Scripture reveals that Jeremiah accomplished this work (Jer. 25:17).
- Scripture reveals that some of these gentile kings will object to being made to drink (Jer. 25:28).
- How was this accomplished?
- Spiritually, in a vision-type experience similar to Ezekiel?
- Literally, physically traveling the world, and appearing before each mentioned king?
- Metaphorically, by revealing the coming Christ, and leaving every nation without excuse.
- The chapter closes with a vivid description of the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Jer. 25:30-38).
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-Six
- This chapter is contemporaneous with other messages in Jeremiah (25:1; 45:1; 46:2). It is also the very year that Daniel, and his 3 friends are taken away into Babylon (Dan. 1:1*).
- Jeremiah is instructed to record every message he had ever verbally delivered in written form (Jer. 36:2).
- The Lord’s intention was to add a written witness to the verbal witness, in the hope that Judah would repent and receive His gracious forgiveness (Jer. 36:3).
- Baruch is established as Jeremiah’s secretary, and messenger in places where Jeremiah was banned (Jer. 36:4-8).
- Jeremiah’s scroll circulated from the temple to the king’s officials, to King Jehoiakim—who promptly burned it (Jer. 36:9-26).
- Jeremiah dictates a second scroll for Baruch to record, and once again predicts the ignominious death of Jehoiakim (Jer. 36:27-32).
Jeremiah Chapter Forty-Five
- Chapter 45 (5 verses) describes the call of Baruch to Jeremiah’s service (Jer. 45:1; 36:4).
- Baruch was seeking great things for himself, rather than seeking the Lord (v.5).
Jeremiah Chapter Forty-Six
- Chapters 46-51 center on the Gentile nations around Judah.
- Egypt (Jer. 46:1-28; cf. Isa. 19:1-25; Ezek. 29:1-32:32).
- Philistines (Jer. 47:1-7; cf. Am. 1:6-8; Zeph. 2:4-7; Zech. 9:5-7).
- Moab (Jer. 48:1-47; cf. Isa. 15:1-16:14; Ezek. 25:8-11; Am. 2:1-2; Zeph. 2:8-11).
- Ammon (Jer. 49:1-6; cf. Ezek. 21:28-32; 25:2-10; Am. 1:13-15; Zeph. 2:8-11).
- Edom (Jer. 49:7-22; cf. Isa. 34:5-17; 63:1-6; Ezek. 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Am. 1:11-12; Obad.).
- Damascus (Jer. 49:23-27; cf. Isa. 17:1-3; Am. 1:3-5).
- Kedar/Hazor (Jer. 49:28-33; Isa. 21:13-17).
- Elam (Jer. 49:34-39).
- Babylon (Jer. 50:1-46; 51:1-64; cf. Isa. 13:1-14:23; 21:1-10; 47:1-15).
- These messages came at various times during Jeremiah’s ministry, but were compiled at a later time—most likely during his “retirement” in Egypt, and possibly by Baruch after Jeremiah’s death.
- Chapter 46 contains two messages of Jeremiah concerning Egypt.
- An early message (Jer. 46:2-12).
- A late message (Jer. 46:13-28).
- This early message addresses the Egyptian campaign to come to the aid of Assyria against Babylon (Jer. 46:2-12; 2nd Kgs. 23:29; 2nd Chr. 35:20-25).
- The late message describes the coming Babylonian victory, and an Egyptian captivity in the land of Babylon (Jer. 46:13-28; Ezek. 29:8-16).
- The message against Egypt also includes a promise of restoration (Jer. 46:25-26).
- Egypt’s 40 year captivity will feature a return (Ezek. 29:13-14), but there is also an eschatological restoration of Egypt that awaits Millennial fulfillment (Isa. 19:19-25).
- The chapter closes with an encouragement for Jacob (Jer. 46:27-28).