Today’s reading is: Jer. 27-28; 51:59-64; Ezek. 3:16-4:17
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Seven
- Chapter 27 occurs at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah (Jer. 27:1). There is a manuscript discrepancy at this point, with some Hebrew texts indicating Jehoiakim as the king here.
- Jeremiah was instructed to place himself in bonds and yokes, and deliver a message to the five gentile nations that have sent messengers to Zedekiah (Jer. 27:1-11). This message focused on the role of Nebuchadnezzar as the servant of the Lord (Jer. 27:6).
- Jeremiah also spoke to the King and priests of Judah, warning them to disregard the false message of the false prophets (Jer. 27:12-22).
Jeremiah Chapter Twenty-Eight
- Chapter 28 focuses on a conflict between Jeremiah, and a false prophet named Hananiah.
- חֲנַנְיָה chananyāh #2608: God has favored.
- At least 11 OT characters with this name, including Daniel’s friend who becomes known as Shadrack (Dan. 1:7).
- As a son of Azzur, Hananiah is likely a brother of Jaazaniah (Ezek. 11:1).
- Hananiah declared a “Thus says the Lord” message, and predicts an end to King Jehoiachin’s exile within two years (Jer. 28:1-4,10,11).
- Jeremiah gives a hearty “amen” to Hananiah’s message, and yet reminds all the people listening that a prophet of peace must have his words fulfilled in order to be identified as a true prophet of the Lord (Jer. 28:5-9).
- The Lord gave Jeremiah a personal rebuke for Hananiah, followed by Hananiah’s Sin Unto Death shortly thereafter (Jer. 28:12-17).
Jeremiah Chapter Fifty-One
(Outline continues from Day 231)
- The chapter closes with the setting for the preaching of Jeremiah 50 &51: in Babylon itself, by the Euphrates (Jer. 51:59-64).
- Zedekiah was summoned to Babylon (Jer. 51:59), to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue (Dan. 3:2-3).
- Baruch’s brother Seraiah is tasked with a mission of his own during that trip (Jer. 51:59-61).
- Jer. 51:64 is likely the conclusion to Jeremiah, by his own pen, with chapter 52 being added by Baruch.
Ezekiel Chapter Three
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Ezekiel is warned about the accountability of a watchman (Ezek. 3:16-21).
- The watchman must deliver the message of warning or else the blood of the wicked will be accounted to him (Ezek. 3:18,20).
- The watchman who faithfully delivers the warning has washed his hands of all blood, and the wicked audience will bear the full accountability (Ezek. 3:19 cf. Mt. 27:24; Acts 20:26-27; 1st Tim. 5:22).
- Ezekiel is spiritually bound and gagged by the Lord (Ezek. 3:22-27 cf. Lk. 1:20-22,62-64ff.).
- His spiritual bonds will not allow him any freedom of movement apart from where the Lord wants him to go.
- His spiritual gag will not allow him any freedom of speech apart from what the Lord wants him to say.
Ezekiel Chapter Four
- Ezekiel is instructed to silently pantomime the siege of Jerusalem for the exiles in Babylonia to observe (Ezek. 4:1-3).
- Ezekiel is also instructed to bear the iniquity of Israel & Judah through a period of suffering and shame (Ezek. 4:4-17).
- He paints a living picture of Christ, Who bore all our iniquities (Isa. 53:11-12).
- He endured ritual defilement according to the will of God.
- This drama will take over a year to fully communicate (Ezek. 4:5-6).
- The physical hardship Ezekiel endured was designed to teach a spiritual lesson to the exiles (Ezek. 4:17).