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…

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.…

An Introduction to Jeremiah 3:6 to 4:2

Jeremiah 3:6-4:2 is a sub-section of a broader section which spans from Jeremiah 3:6-6:30. As I mentioned elsewhere I think we can summarize this unit of text in the book of Jeremiah as Future Restoration, Current Punishment. That’s what we’re reading about in Jeremiah 3:6-6:30. Jeremiah 3:6 – 6:30 Is One Major Unit Jeremiah 6:30 is the end of…