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Today’s reading is: Jer. 23:33-24:10; 29:1-31:14


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Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Three

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. 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

  1. Chapter 24 occurred after Jeconiah/Coniah/Jehoiachin was carried off to Babylon.
  2. Jeremiah saw two baskets of figs (Jer. 24:1-3), which were illustrative of his next message against Jerusalem (Jer. 24:4-10).
    1. The Jews that have gone into captivity are the good figs (vv.5-7).
    2. The Jews that are left in Jerusalem are the bad figs (vv.8-10).
    3. This is similar to Ezekiel’s pot and meat message (Ezek. 11:1-21).

Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Nine

  1. Chapter 29 centers on three letters that passed between Jerusalem and Babylon.
    1. Jeremiah’s first letter to the exiles (Jer. 29:1-23).
    2. Shemaiah’s letter to Jerusalem (Jer. 29:24-28).
    3. Jeremiah’s second letter to the exiles (Jer. 29:29-32).
  2. Jeremiah’s first letter provided instructions for the seventy year captivity.
    1. Elasah & Gemariah were Zedekiah’s messengers to Nebuchadnezzar.  Jeremiah used the sons of Shaphan and Hilkiah to carry his spiritual message.
    2. The exiles were instructed to go on with their lives, and plan for a seventy year stay in Babylonia (Jer. 29:5-7).
    3. The exiles were instructed to not trust in false prophets (Jer. 29:8-20).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. Jeremiah’s second letter to the exiles provided prophetic word concerning Shemaiah (Jer. 29:29-32).

Jeremiah Chapter Thirty

  1. 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).
  2. The restoration of Israel & Judah will be achieved through a unique time of Divine discipline (Jer. 30:4-11).
    1. The time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jer. 30:7).
    2. A unique time unlike any before or ever again (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21).
    3. The restoration will be a physical restoration to the land, and spiritual restoration to the Lord (Jer. 30:8-11).
  3. The exile and the Tribulation are necessary because their wound is incurable (Jer. 30:12-17).
  4. 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

  1. The promise of regathering Israel is one of universal blessing (Jer. 31:1-10).
    1. It is an expression of God’s everlasting love (v.3).
    2. It is an expression of Israel’s weeping and supplication (v.9).
  2. 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.
    1. The Z/E/N returnings to Jerusalem were physical returnings to the land, but were marked by continued spiritual rebellions.
    2. 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.
  3. The Lord announces a message to the gentiles concerning the coming blessings upon Israel (Jer. 31:10-14).

(Chapter Thirty-One continues tomorrow)