Jeremiah Pleads For The People

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Repentance

Jeremiah pleads for the people and excuses their actions on the basis of the false prophets who cried for peace (v.13). God answers that the prophets will be judged, but that still does not excuse the people (v. 14). He says that by sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed (v. 15), and the people to whom they prophesy will be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with no one to bury them (v. 16).

Jeremiah became very sorrowful over the thought of Jerusalem’s judgment and he cried continually day and night for them (v. 17). In the countryside surrounding Jerusalem lay the corpses of those who had been slain by the sword. Those who escaped fled to the city and were slowly dying by the ravages of famine. Prophets and priests who should have set the people aright were deported to Babylon (v. 18).

The people again addressed God and pleaded for His intervention (v. 19). They acknowledged their wickedness, and the iniquity of their fathers, and said, “we have sinned against you” (v. 20). They begged Him not spurn them, or break His covenant with them (v. 21. They ask if there are any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain (v. 22)? They finally admitted that the idols they had worshiped could not bring rain to quench the drought. Then they state, “We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.” Of course, God was the only one who could all of this.

Application

Sometimes God permits disasters to occur to bring nations, churches, and individuals to their knees in repentance. Lord help this to never happen in my life because I have failed to listen and obey.

Jeremiah 14:13-22 (English Standard Version)

Then I said: "Ah, Lord GOD, behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.'" And the LORD said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, 'Sword and famine shall not come upon this land': By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them--them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them. "You shall say to them this word: 'Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is shattered with a great wound, with a very grievous blow. If I go out into the field, behold, those pierced by the sword! And if I enter the city, behold, the diseases of famine! For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land and have no knowledge.'" Have you utterly rejected Judah? Does your soul loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no good came; for a time of healing, but behold, terror. We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O LORD our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.

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