The Strong and Swift Enemy of Judah

So, Jeremiah unwisely accuses the Lord of deception. You might expect the Lord to strike him down or at least respond to Jeremiah. Instead, amazingly, God goes right back to warning his people about the coming enemy who will destroy God’s unrepentant people. A Strong Scorching Wind In Jeremiah 4:11-12, the enemy is pictured as a strong scorching…

Refusal to Repent Necessitates God’s Punishment

This post will start our study in Jeremiah 4:3-5:6. The Larger Context Jeremiah 4:3-5:6 falls within the larger section that encompasses most of Jeremiah 3, all of Jeremiah 4, 5, and 6. The main message of that section as I’ve said before is that God Has Been Forsaken, But Judah Is Unshaken by their utter turning…

God Declares That Repentance Must Bear Fruit

God gives Israel (and the over-hearing residents of Judah) a model of repentance in Jeremiah 3:19-25. So now God follows that up by emphasizing that any repentance that hopes to result in God’s blessings must bear fruit in the lives of those who exercise it. Sincerity of Repentance Probed God first probes the sincerity of repentance (Jeremiah 4:1).…