The Concern for Judah, cont’d. Jeremiah 2-45
Jeremiah 2-20 Undated Prophecies, cont’d.
Jeremiah 11:1-17-God tells Judah that they have forsaken the covenant which He established with them (the agreement that they had made with God at Mt. Sinai) and that as a result He is going to bring judgment on them. He tells them that even though they pray to Him, He will not answer (:11). He says that then they will pray to the gods that they have been worshipping…but they will not answer (:12-13). He again tells Jeremiah to not pray for them (:14, cf. 7:16). God is making a point. He will not answer their prayers because His willingness to answer their prayers is predicated on their faithfulness to the covenant which He had established with them. And, the false gods will not answer their prayers…because they are false, fake, unreal gods…they don’t actually exist.
Jeremiah 11:18-23-Jeremiah discovers that there are people who want to kill him in order to stop him from prophesying. God says that He is going to punish them for their actions.
Jeremiah 12:1-6-Jeremiah tells God that the wicked are prospering and asks that He judge them and not allow it to continue. They act religious…but it is all for appearance sake…they really don’t give God a second thought (:2b).
Jeremiah 12:7-17-God says that He is going to judge those who are practicing wickedness. This is a description of the devastation as if it has already happened. But, if they respond favorably to Him, He will again establish them (:15-17).
Jeremiah 13:1-11-God tells Jeremiah to buy a linen wasteband (a thigh length undergarment that clung to the body) and to wear it. It symbolizes that God has bought Judah and the closeness that He has with them...near His heart. Then he is to go bury it and leave it. Later, God tells him to dig it up...and it is ruined. This is a visual demonstration of the ruin that will take place in Israel/Judah as a result of God’s judgment because they had left God.
13:1-11 …Euphrates (v. 6) may mean the river (at least 350 miles away) or may refer to the town of Parah about 3 miles from Anathoth (in the expression “to the Euphrates,” both names take on an identical form in Hebrew).
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on Jeremiah 13:1-11, p. 1139
Jeremiah 13:12-27-God again pronounces His judgment on the people through their exile. They will ask why this is happening to them (:22)...but the reason is obvious.
Prayer: Father, you told Judah that You intended for them to be a people that would bring praise to You (13:11). That because of their closeness to You, their relationship with You…the world would see the blessings that You gave to them and that would bring You praise. But despite Your blessings…they turned their back on You. They chose to worship other gods. They chose to trust in other powers. They chose to practice other laws. I don’t know that they intentionally decided to turn away from You. Perhaps it happened subtly, without their even realizing it. Please help me, Lord…to always be aware of my relationship with You. Don’t let anything, or anyone, become more important to me than You. Don’t let me be deceived. Don’t let me make the slight turns or take the small steps that lead away from You. Keep me close to Your heart.