Meaning of What Jeremiah Saw (Jeremiah 18:5-10)

Now, of course, God isn’t really concerned that Jeremiah and his hearers go see a pottery demonstration in action. Just like other symbolic actions in this book that Jeremiah’s been exposed to, this pottery demonstration had a message. So, in Jeremiah 18:5-10 the Lord explains to Israel through Jeremiah what he intended by calling attention…

Jeremiah’s Lament Psalm (Jeremiah 17:12-18)

In Jeremiah 17:12-18 we hear from Jeremiah himself. Praising God’s Character (Jeremiah 17:12) He starts by praising the Lord in Jeremiah 17:12. 12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. Well, what is this “place of our sanctuary” that Jeremiah speaks of? He identifies it in Jeremiah 17:13. 13…

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).…

God Promises Israel Blessings for Repentance

We’ve seen that God compared Israel’s sin to Judah’s in Jeremiah 3. Based on that comparison God was moved to offer forgiveness to Israel if they repented. And if Israel were to repent, God promises blessings for them in Jeremiah 3:14-18, which is what we’ll study in this post. Restoration to the Land The first…

God Is Moved to Receive a Repentant Israel from Exile

To summarize Jeremiah 3:6-10, Judah didn’t take the warning that was available to her from God’s punitive dealings with Israel. And because that was the case, in Jeremiah 3:11-14 God is moved to received a repentant Israel. Israel Is Less Guilty Than Judah Jeremiah 3:11 has God reaching the conclusion that Israel is less guilty than Judah.…