Jeremiah 7 – 9
Jeremiah Chapter 7
As I was reading through Jeremiah today it was so easy to see some of the major parallels between the day that Jeremiah was writing about and today.
Chapter seven describes the ultimate hypocrisy of the leaders of that day. While the Lord is telling them to correct their ways and if you do, then you will live, the people of Judah rejected that counsel.
Verses six through eight says the following, “if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the fatherless and the widow and no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow other gods, bringing harm on yourselves, I will allow you to live in this place and the land I gave to your ancestors long ago and forever. But look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help.”
It strikes me that they trust in deceitful words. Think about that. Deceit by its very definition is a distortion of the truth. Yet, these people, trust in the distortion of truth. Thinking about today, if anyone seriously watches the mainstream media and thinks they are hearing the truth, they are deceived. It’s the same thing. People intentionally trust deceitful words.
There’s also a parallel to when Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day by telling them that His temple should not be a den of robbers. You can compare the following verses and see that. It’s pretty cool! – Compare Jeremiah 7:9-11 to Mark 11:17, Matthew 21:13 and Luke 19:46
Jeremiah Chapter 8
Then as I was reading through chapter eight, verses one through three stood out.
“At that time” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of her officials, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the residents of Jerusalem will be brought out of their graves.a2They will be exposeda to the sun, the moon, and all the stars in the sky,b which they have loved, served, followed, consulted, and worshiped. Their bones will not be collected and buried but will become like manure on the soil’s surface.c3Death will be chosen over lifea by all the survivors of this evil family, those who remain wherever I have banished them.”b This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.”
The parallel to today is this… people who do not know the Lord or who engage in New Age spirituality do exactly what these guys were doing then.
They love, serve, follow, consult and worship the universe, the sun and the moon and all the stars in the sky. It’s actually sad. I said it before, but I’d rather worship the Creator of the Universe than the universe itself. Yet, here we see this idea is nothing new.
The worship of death over life is the big theme here in chapter eight and the Lord is very grieved over this. Verse eight also stood out to me because of the world of Christian media and especially publishing.
Here’s verse eight, “
“How can you claim, ‘We are wise; the law of the Lord is with us’?In fact, the lying pen of scribesa has produced falsehood.”
Just like the scribes of that day rejected the Lord, many of the Christian authors of today also reject the Lord. The things they write have nothing to do with the Word of God and they are not even serving God in most cases.
If you read Jeremiah 6:13-14 you’ll see almost the same wording here in Jeremiah 8:11-12. The idea is that the religious leaders of that day “treated” the brokenness of God’s people superficially by claiming, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace”. They had no shame in doing this and ultimately they were about everything but the people.
How many people today have tried to get help from the church and it didn’t happen? What about engaging with Christian media and hoping for biblical answers and yet they get nonsense… its everywhere.
Another interesting comparison I saw was Jeremiah 8:17 about how the Lord is going to send them snakes that cannot be charmed. Look up Numbers 21:6, Ecclesiastes 10:11 and Mark 16:18 and note the differences.
Jeremiah Chapter 9
In chapter nine I saw the burden of Jeremiah. It starts at the end of chapter eight, but continues into chapter nine. He talks about how his eyes would be a fountain of tears for God’s people and that’s because of their disobedience and how they refuse to repent.
In verses four through six we see the warning about how everyone will not be able to trust everyone. Friends betray one another, slander, accuse and speak lies. Even in recent months I’ve personally been attacked by fellow believers, so I get it. It’s nothing new and again ties back into today’s prophecies about the end of the age. People are lovers of themselves and all out for themselves…it’s a real indictment.
The warnings continue throughout this chapter and it ends with the exhortation that the wise person should not boast in his wisdom, strength or wealth, but they should boast in the Lord.
We, as believers, need to boast that we understand and know the Lord, because He shows His faithful love, justice, and righteousness throughout the earth.