Jeremiah 11 Commentary
Now we know exactly what is happening here. The LORD is playing by the rules – the Abrahamic covenant.
During the time of Moses, the Abrahamic covenant was reduced to 10 Commandments – commonly referred to as the Law. This was Israel’s part of the covenant. God’s part detailed the LORD’s promise to bless Israel.
The blessing of the LORD was reduced into a promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. It was always going to be a piece of land. Land, yes. After the LORD God had scattered mankind out of the Garden of peace and tranquility, it was always going to be another piece of land.
“Flowing with milk and honey ” is a picture of prosperity resulting from nature’s gifts and the fruit of man’s work. One is natural; the other is cultivated. It spoke of self-rule and safety. And the nation would become as numerous as the sand of the sea. Thus, the blessing of increase, prosperity, and dominion would be restored.
But Israel has broken the Law. The covenant has been violated. And a curse rests on the nation. Scattering.
Chief among Israel’s many gods is Baal. They burned incense to this shameful god. The saint has to stop and check if he or she is burning incense to some god or gods.
Then there is a plot to kill the prophet, Jeremiah. It is one of the many times we shall read about in this volume. There isn’t a red carpet for this kind of work!
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