Jeremiah 16 Commentary

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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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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