Note: I have almost always formatted this blog with a single chapter being the subject of a single post. This was done not only so that I made sure to focus on each and every chapter, but also so that if someone wanted to view the commentary on a single chapter in a book, they could easily find that chapter. You may have noticed though that during Psalms, I began commenting on and summarizing ten chapters at a time, although each chapter still got an individual commentary. Now with Jeremiah I find that most of the material so far is so similar in nature that it would actually be more efficient to summarize multiple chapters at once, instead of delving into each individually. That is not to say though that I’m suddenly not being as thorough in my commentary or research, just that this will make more sense given the nature of the material. Depending on the number of total chapters in a given book going forward, and the subject matter within, I think I will go back and forth between these three ways of formatting everything. I’m still experimenting here so if you have any concerns or suggestions, please let me know.
The Book of Jeremiah thus far has been one repeated message from God to his chosen people. The message is very clear: Israel and Judah have committed grave sins against God, specifically idol worship, and God can’t take it any more. His patience has officially run out. God is so upset with his people that he says, “…even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me…” God wouldn’t stop his wrath against them.
God spends a lot of time describing the punishments that he will unleash on Israel and Judah for their transgressions. These range from God pulling “…up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen…” to death by famine, sword, and disease. God even says that his people will resort to cannibalism as a result of these punishments, “I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters…” and no one will be “mourned or buried,” with God bringing “…an end to the sounds of joy and gladness” there.
All of this is contrasted when God explains to his people a way out, “Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.”
After Jeremiah finished prophesying all of the things I mentioned above to the people, he was beaten and “put in the stocks” by a chief officer named Pashhur. Jeremiah is not pleased with this at all as you can imagine. The following day, Jeremiah is released, and he issues a dark prophesy against Pashhur: “For this is what the LORD says:” that Pashhur will see with his own eyes his friends dying by the sword, his country being handed over to the Babylonians, and finally that Pashhur and all his household will go into exile.
Thoughts, comments, questions on A Skeptic’s Journey through the Bible? Send me a message by clicking here.