The editor of a small weekly newspaper in a town in the West was hard put one week for copy to fill his columns. So he
had his compositor set up the Ten Commandments, and ran them without making any editorial comment. Three days
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God’s admonition to Jeremiah, “Do not pray for this people,” is the result of serious rebellion on their part (v. 16). They are seen worshiping false gods and making sacrifices to them. God commanded that prayer cease, but that preaching continue. If you read through the Scriptures you see that prayer delays judgment, but preaching hastens it. And what this nation needed to restore it and heal it was judgment. So God said, “Don’t delay it; don’t hold me back. This is what will do the work. Radical surgery is all that is left, so stop praying.” When a nation decays, it begins in the home and God saw whole families in Jerusalem working together to worship idols (vv. 17-19). The term “queen of heaven” (v. 18) reflects an ancient cult tradition extending throughout the Orient. This pagan immorality was having a devastating effect on their children and God would send a judgment that would destroy the land, the city, the temple and the people of Judah. They had set up idols in the temple and outside the city they had built the high places. They even practiced child sacrifice, burning their sons and daughters in the fire (II Kings 21:6; II Chron. 33:6).
The nations’ sin had progressed to the point where Jeremiah’s pleas were futile. Judah was so engrossed in her sin that she was the cause of great sorrow, not only to the prophet, but also to God.
When rebellion is evident it is a time for me to stop praying and start preaching.
""As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. Is it I whom they provoke? declares the LORD. Is it not themselves, to their own shame? Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched."
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Jeremiah 4:1-18Judgment is Sure to Come
Jeremiah 4:19-31A Compassion For Those Who Are Lost
Jeremiah 5:1-13The Results of Refusing to Receive Correction
Jeremiah 5:14-31We Must Fear The Lord
Jeremiah 6:1-15Speaking to People Who Would Not Hear
Jeremiah 6:16-30Remembering Traditions
Jeremiah 7:1-7The Results of Compromise
Jeremiah 7:8-15Religious Ritual Doesn’t Change a Sinful Life Style
Jeremiah 7:16-20When Preaching Trumps Praying
Jeremiah 7:21-34Sacrifices Can be Meaningless
Jeremiah 8:1-12Refusing to Listen to God’s Direction
Jeremiah 8:13-22Response To a World Dying in Sin
Jeremiah 9:1-11Dealing With Deceit
Jeremiah 9:12-16Why Judgment Has to Come From God
Jeremiah 9:17-26No Substitute For a Pure Heart For God
Jeremiah 10:1-11The Fallacy of Worshiping Idols
Jeremiah 10:12-25Prayer Can Save a Nation