The Concern for Judah, cont’d. Jeremiah 2-45
Jeremiah 21-38 Dated Prophecies, cont’d.
Jeremiah 33:1-Jeremiah is still being detained. God speaks to him for a second time while he is there. He tells Jeremiah to pray to Him…and when he does…He will tells him things that he cannot even imagine. In particular, these things are specific details concerning how God is going to restore Judah (:6-26). Notice some of the elements of the Millennial Kingdom…
- the fortunes of the land will be restored (:7,11,26)
- sin will be forgiven (:8)
- it will bring glory to God (:9)
- there will be joy and gladness (:11)
- a “righteous Branch of David” will reign as king (:15, the Messiah) permanently (:17)
- there will always be priests to lead in worship (:18)
- it is permanent (:20-21,23-26)…if it as likely that you can stop the arrival of day and night as it is that you can break this covenant.
- Its inhabitants will outnumber the grains of sand on the seashore (:22)
Jeremiah 34:1-7-The final assault against Jerusalem by Babylon has begun. It was provoked by Zedekiah’s revolt in 589 B.C. Jeremiah tells Zedekiah that they will loose, he will be taken captive, but will die in peace in Babylon.
Jeremiah 34:8-22-Zedekiah convinces slave owners to set their Hebrew slaves free...they were supposed to have done so anyway after 6 years. It was his attempt to persuade God to stop Babylon. About that time, Babylon heard that Egypt was amassing an army against them…so they reorganized and stopped the siege against Jerusalem. In turn, the slave owners made their slaves return to their work. God says that because they went back on their covenant with Him, He is going to judge them.
Jeremiah 35:1-19-A sect of Jews who lived a nomadic lifestyle had come to Jerusalem for when they heard that Nebuchanezzar was on his way to attack.
35:2 Rechabites. A puritan protest group, advocating a nomadic way of life, that originated with Johadab, son of Rechab, in Israel about 842 B.C. (2 Kings 10:15-23). Jeremiah was commanded to give them wine to drink, which they refused.
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Jeremiah 35:2, p. 1178
For an interesting article about the history of the Rechabites see:
Their rules did not allow them to drink alcohol, build homes, etc. God told Jeremiah to gather them together and give them wine to drink. They might well have taken advantage of this opportunity thinking, “Hey, we’re all about to die at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar…nobody is going to know…so what difference will it make at this point if we drink a little wine?” However, by refusing to drink the wine they were showing that they were obediently holding to their rules no matter what the situation may be. Jeremiah used the faithfulness and the obedience of the Rechabites as an object lesson to Judah, who, by contrast, had broken God's commands. Because of their faithfulness…God promises that their lineage will continue generation after generation (:19).
Prayer: Lord, I like the Rechabites…their faithfulness and determination and obedience. Help me to be like them. No matter what the circumstances may be. No matter who may be present. Help me to be faithful…to You.