Did you hear about the pastor that has a great message on humility? He is just waiting on a bigger congregation to preach it too! (Source Unknown, Lou Nicholes - Missionary/Author).
This chapter gives a historical background of Jeremiah’s temple message given in chapters 7-10. In those chapters he focused on the content of the message while in this chapter he focuses on the response to the message. It describes how and why Jeremiah was on trial for his life. This all happened during the reign of Jehoiakim who was a materialistic and self-centered king that persecuted and killed many innocent people (v. 1).
The purpose of the message was to get the people to listen to God’s threatened judgment so they would each turn from his evil way (vv. 1-3). The content of the message was one of judgment for disobedience. If the people refused to follow God’s Law and to listen to God’s servants the prophets (Jer 7:21-26), God would make the temple as desolate as the tabernacle that once stood at Shiloh (vv. 4-6). When the priests, the prophets, and all the people who were in the temple courts heard Jeremiah’s words, they seized him just as he finished his message and demanded that he must die for his words (vv. 7-11). Jeremiah gave a threefold defense on his own behalf (vv. 12-15).
Like Jeremiah, I must never ignore or hold back import parts of God’s Word to please anyone.
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Jeremiah 23:1-8Looking Forward to The Lord’s Return
Jeremiah 23:9-24Being True to God’s Word
Jeremiah 23:25-40Not Everyone is a Prophet Who Dreams
Jeremiah 24:1-10Depending on The Power of God
Jeremiah 25:1-14It is Important to Never Quit
Jeremiah 25:13-29Nations Who Experience God’s Wrath Will Fall
Jeremiah 25:30-38No Way to Escape God’s Judgment
Jeremiah 26:1-24Jeremiah Was on Trial For His Life
Jeremiah 27:1-22God is in Control
Jeremiah 28:1-17Speak The Truth Even When It is Unpopular
Jeremiah 29:1-14God Never Forgets His People
Jeremiah 29:15-32It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man