Jeremiah 26 Commentary

Jeremiah 26 Commentary

Chapter 26 records for us one of the many times when the prophet Jeremiah was nearly killed by the mob. Leading this mob were priests and prophets, interestingly.

Of course, the LORD had hoped Jeremiah’s message would provoke repentance and consequently halt the pending disaster on the nation. But who was interested in the message? Instead, Jeremiah was bound and about to be killed. Sad reading indeed.

Many saints think of God’s word in terms of power and authority. And they are right. But not everyone thinks this way. It is trash to many; an inconvenience and a disturbance to the orderly flow of life. Anyone on the side of God’s word is hated. And if they say it word for word publicly, they might face similar consequences as Jeremiah. You are not the most popular boy or girl for holding on to the word of the LORD.

Governments won’t support you, as another prophet named Uriah sadly learned.

Isn’t Jeremiah’s case different? Didn’t the LORD promise to support and protect the prophet at commissioning? Of course, yes, but why are we here? Does this scenario look like God’s protection? “Yes,” says chapter 26. Many times God’s protection and guidance look like this confusion here – a near miss. You go home with a headache, asking if at all you need to say yes to the next assignment.

Probably remembering Psalm 23, Jeremiah pondered the presence of the LORD in his deepest and darkest valley when he walked the thin line. Yes, he had just come out of the valley and knew the LORD was with him.

Yet for all his well-known troubles, Jeremiah isn’t the greatest example of faith. One man would go into the valley alone. God had forsaken him. And he didn’t come out of the valley at all. He died. And he was innocent. But look closely and see that this man wasn’t innocent at all. Read the charge sheet against this man and you will see your own sins. He carried them; he died because of your sins and mine.

The reader must ponder the death of the man Jesus Christ and see how it brings salvation to them.

“Eloi eloi lama sabachthani,” he cried. It was for you and me.

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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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