Jeremiah 22 Commentary

Jeremiah 22 Commentary

The chapter opens with Jeremiah’s sermon at the palace. “Attend to matters of justice. Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don’t take advantage of the homeless, the orphans, the widows. Stop the murdering!”

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Chapter 22 would easily make for a decent summary of the Book of Jeremiah. The sermon at the palace is the same as the sermon at the temple gate and many other places where the LORD sent Jeremiah. It remained unchanged throughout the reigns of Josiah’s three sons and a grandson.

Josiah’s three sons and a grandson sit on David’s throne, one after the other. And it’s a mess!

Joahaz, Jehoiakim, his grandson Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.   

Josiah dies. His son Joahaz succeeds him. But Joahaz’s reign is very short; cut short by the Egyptians who depose him and install his brother Jehoiakim as king. Joahaz would die in Egypt as a prisoner of war.

Jehoiakim is wicked and has turbulence throughout his reign. His son Jehoiachin succeeds him. Jehoiachin is deposed by the Babylonians and deported to Babylon. The only character not named in this chapter is Zedekiah who the Babylonians install as king in place of Jehoiachin.

For all his troubles, Jeremiah holds the distinction of being among the select few who the LORD allows seeing the fulfillment of the word of the LORD in this life. It came to pass exactly as directed by the word of the LORD through the prophet.

Historical content aside, the closing stages of Judah are instructive to a people that won’t heed the word of the LORD. In between the word of the LORD and its fulfillment are jokes, ridicule, scorn, beatings for Jeremiah, and imprisonment.

The saint is encouraged to ponder the word of the LORD in times of extreme perversity. It stays intact. It holds its own against man’s best intentions and efforts to stay and act his own way.

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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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