Today’s reading is: Jer. 23:33-24:10; 29:1-31:14
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Three
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- f. In the presence of such rebellion, the Lord will pause the oracular function of His true prophets and leave the people to their own collective ignorance (Jer. 23:33-40 cf. 1st Sam. 3:1; Am. 8:11).
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Four
- Chapter 24 occurred after Jeconiah/Coniah/Jehoiachin was carried off to Babylon.
- Jeremiah saw two baskets of figs (Jer. 24:1-3), which were illustrative of his next message against Jerusalem (Jer. 24:4-10).
- The Jews that have gone into captivity are the good figs (vv.5-7).
- The Jews that are left in Jerusalem are the bad figs (vv.8-10).
- This is similar to Ezekiel’s pot and meat message (Ezek. 11:1-21).
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Nine
- Chapter 29 centers on three letters that passed between Jerusalem and Babylon.
- Jeremiah’s first letter to the exiles (Jer. 29:1-23).
- Shemaiah’s letter to Jerusalem (Jer. 29:24-28).
- Jeremiah’s second letter to the exiles (Jer. 29:29-32).
- Jeremiah’s first letter provided instructions for the seventy year captivity.
- Elasah & Gemariah were Zedekiah’s messengers to Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah used the sons of Shaphan and Hilkiah to carry his spiritual message.
- The exiles were instructed to go on with their lives, and plan for a seventy year stay in Babylonia (Jer. 29:5-7).
- The exiles were instructed to not trust in false prophets (Jer. 29:8-20).
- Jeremiah specifically rebukes the false prophets Ahab & Zedekiah for their false prophecies (Jer. 29:21-23). They will be roasted in Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace (Dan. 3:6).
- Another false prophet (Shemaiah) wrote back to Jerusalem, and asked Zephaniah the priest (cp. Jer. 21:1; 37:3; 2nd Kgs. 25:18-21) to arrest Jeremiah (Jer. 29:24-28).
- Jeremiah’s second letter to the exiles provided prophetic word concerning Shemaiah (Jer. 29:29-32).
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty
- Chapters 30-33 (Jeremiah’s “Book of Consolation”) focus on the restoration of Israel & Judah to the land, and the coming Christ Who will accomplish this (Jer. 30:1-3).
- The restoration of Israel & Judah will be achieved through a unique time of Divine discipline (Jer. 30:4-11).
- The time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jer. 30:7).
- A unique time unlike any before or ever again (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21).
- The restoration will be a physical restoration to the land, and spiritual restoration to the Lord (Jer. 30:8-11).
- The exile and the Tribulation are necessary because their wound is incurable (Jer. 30:12-17).
- The glory of the coming Kingdom is described (Jer. 30:18-22), along with the wrath which must precede it (Jer. 30:23-24).
Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-One
- The promise of regathering Israel is one of universal blessing (Jer. 31:1-10).
- It is an expression of God’s everlasting love (v.3).
- It is an expression of Israel’s weeping and supplication (v.9).
- It is very important to understand that the Zerubabbel/Ezra/Nehemiah returnings to the land fulfilled the 70 year captivity prophecy (Jer. 25:11-12; 29:10), but NOT the world-wide regathering prophecies.
- The Z/E/N returnings to Jerusalem were physical returnings to the land, but were marked by continued spiritual rebellions.
- The ultimate regathering of Israel will be both a physical and spiritual return to the Lord because the Great Tribulation of Israel and the Wilderness Judgment will remove all unbelievers from her midst.
- The Lord announces a message to the gentiles concerning the coming blessings upon Israel (Jer. 31:10-14).
(Chapter Thirty-One continues tomorrow)