Jeremiah 16 Commentary
Day Of Disaster.
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KEY THOUGHT: “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.” – Jeremiah 16:4 NIV
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Jeremiah 16 New International Version – NIV
Day of Disaster
16 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.” 3 For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: 4 “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”
5 For this is what the Lord says: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” declares the Lord. 6 “Both high and low will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned, and no one will cut themselves or shave their head for the dead. 7 No one will offer food to comfort those who mourn for the dead—not even for a father or a mother—nor will anyone give them a drink to console them.
8 “And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink. 9 For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in this place.
10 “When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the Lord our God?’ 11 then say to them, ‘It is because your ancestors forsook me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your ancestors. See how all of you are following the stubbornness of your evil hearts instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’
14 “However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.
16 “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks. 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. 18 I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.”
19 Lord, my strength and my fortress,
my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come
from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,
worthless idols that did them no good.
20 Do people make their own gods?
Yes, but they are not gods!”
21 “Therefore I will teach them—
this time I will teach them
my power and might.
Then they will know
that my name is the Lord.
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Jeremiah 16 Commentary
Yesterday, we read about the “four terrible things” against Israel. Today and in the opening section of chapter 16, we can add another terrible thing against Israel. “They will die of diseases.” Of course, we have already read about war and starvation.
Could it be that widespread wars, starvation, and diseases are elements of destruction in the hands of the LORD? The Book of Revelation may confirm this suspicion. Could it be that the LORD is speaking to an obstinate people once again?
The LORD will withdraw His peace; He won’t show them love and mercy. Wealth won’t shield anyone from these disasters.
Is it possible that the LORD of love could be so harsh? Yes. Our ancestors turned away from the LORD. We have beaten their record. So exile it is; the LORD would scatter Israel from the land flowing with milk and honey. It has always been this way. Let the student of scripture remember how the LORD scattered Adam from the Garden of peace and tranquility. Canaan isn’t exactly Eden but a good representation of the original intention of the LORD for mankind.
But the story hasn’t ended yet. There is a return; yet another return. The plan of redemption is in place. Of course, we know the scripture is pointing to the days of the Servant, Immanuel, or the Son with the government on His shoulders. Isaiah labored on this subject with amazing justice.
Every word of the LORD is intentional – even examples have real value. The mention of fishermen pictures a world of traps disturbing normal life. Hunters would be the ruthless and powerful opponents of Israel. Verse 16.
As is often the case, Jeremiah ends with a petition. Let the nations know who the Creator God is. There is but one God – the Creator God. Won’t the nations have the same privilege as Israel and know this God? The LORD is happy with Jeremiah’s petition and promises to make Himself known among the nations.
The notion that the LORD Jesus Christ is the power of God in the world and for everyone isn’t at all misplaced. He came and He comes to rule – the government on His shoulders. The year of the LORD comes and men and women can experience renewal.
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21 thoughts on “Home”
It has been exciting learning how God can make things happen to his choosen one, God workout something wonderful and fulfils the promises he made to the father of Joseph.
God’s words remains true so are his promises and indeed it has been God working out the salvation of man Kind by Grace through Faith alone.
Quite thought provoking. Thank you for the passage of scripture.
Interesting potion of scripture
Thank you for the passage scripture
This is powerful
This is powerful and very much encouraging.
Am always inspired
Very refreshing moments Everytime I read and meditate on the scripture readings and comments.
Profound. My life needs a new introduction to God. Not that I have been right, but because God desires to help me… I see an amazing Grace here. Having broken the first commandment, still God looks for me and helps me to build up with him… And live for him. A littles knowledge of the Lord will ignite my passion and desire to serve him. This morning I pledge to seek, live and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and His purposes everyday of my life.
The Lord reintroduces himself and shows Israel, He is all they need. Some boast in horses and others in chariots but we’ll boast in the Lord. He is able and the only one worthy of our trust. Lord teach me how to always look up to you at all times and not focus on my strength or capabilities. This is my prayer
It’s great lesson. We’ll to fully know the Lord and only do what he requires of us.
This far too common today. Just do something that seems like true worship yet it’s intent and actual practice is not even close to the set standard by the Lord. I personally feel challenged of some things we do in our personal lives, the focus of many churches and ministries today. We’ll need to realize the Lord must be worship as he has personally guided. Provides a good start of my reflection today
In those days when there was no King everyone did as they pleased. This is a good reminder to us that we are on own when the King of Kings isn’t leading our lives we’ll be doing what is not right and the results will show clearly how life without Christ looks like. We thank God that even when it looks like he’s not there, he’s behind the scenes working. I have learnt to trust in the Lord always.
Iam seeing this being stressed… There was no King in Israel… So lawlessness is the order of the day. This shows how heartless and wicked man can be with out the right King in his life. He can do anything. May the Lord help us to allow Christ in our lives that every aspect of our lives is changed and we yield ourselves to him alone.
I’m sure as the two daughters in-law stayed in Naomi’s home they learned about the God of Israel and appreciated His works among his people. Ruth’s determination and what she says moves my heart. She’s convinced she must go with Naomi and wants to spend her life with her, this relationship was strong especially between a mother inlaw and a daughter in-law. Yet Ruth stays and how she puts it shows the depth of her heart, I’ll go with with you, your people will be my people, your God will be my God…
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