The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 10

Exhortation

     The title of this chapter is exhortation and it’s given by the prophet himself.

 

     The entire period of Jeremiahs’ prophesies cover a 41-year length of time. Some say that it is really only 40 years because the month, in the 13th year of the reign of King Josiah, is not given, but it still has to be 41 years because even a portion of a year is counted as a whole year when it comes to kings and the number of years that they reign.

     Alright, let’s get into chapter 10….

     Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

     Stop what you’re doing and listen up! Quit fooling around with all that nonsense and listen to Me.

     Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

     Learn not the way of the heathen. That’s the problem in a nutshell with Israel. They want to BE just like the Gentiles. They dress like them, they speak like them, they worship idols like they do, and they even poll, or cut, their hair to look just like them.

     See any of that going on today? Whom are the white kids trying to emulate today? In dress, in speech, in actions, music, and all that. Why can’t they be content with the way that they look within their own race? They think the hip-hop crowd is so COOL, that’s the reason. They even commit similar crimes.

     And be not dismayed at the signs of heaven. They look up at the sky and can’t figure out what it is that they see, especially at night. They don’t know what all those twinkling lights are all about.

     And, by the way, here’s a little gem for you….stars will appear to twinkle. Planets will emit a steady light. They won’t twinkle.

     And the Gentiles that they want to emulate, the Chaldean people, their scientists were supposed to be experts at reading the sky, at knowing what it’s all about and they make nonsensical drawings, placing lines connecting this star with this galaxy and that constellation and then they put in extra lines that don’t link to anything physically up there, but to try to make some sense and portray some sort of figure.

     Mythology.

     Jeremiah 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

     They go out in the woods and cut down a tree….

     Jeremiah 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

     They decorate it and then nail it down so that it stays upright….

     Jeremiah 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

     So now this tree is standing upright, it been nailed in place, it cannot speak, it has to be picked up and carried around because it cannot do it on its own.

     Father tells His people that they should not be afraid of it because it will not hurt them, and it can do them no good. It can’t hurt them unless it falls on them….my thoughts.

     It’s AS a palm tree, it RESEMBLES a palm tree because the sides are now smooth after cutting all the branches off.

     Do you know what’s being referenced here? It’s grove worshipping, where they cut down a tree and shape it into the form of a male penis and then worship it. It cannot move on its own, so they have to carry it from place to place and then nail it down so that it won’t tip over.

     Father has referenced this over and over again throughout the Old Testament and if you have studied it for any length of time you should know by now that most of the sins of idol worshipping were sexual in nature.

     A report by the Kinsey Institute stated that men, on average, think about having sex several times a day while women, on average, only half as much. So, it should come as no surprise that these people, back then, having boredom also on their minds, might focus on sexual activities more often than we do today.

     Maybe. Maybe not.

     Father created the instinct/desire for having intercourse with the opposite sex naturally within us, for one PRIMARY reason: to replenish or repopulate the earth.

     “Well, what does that mean, repopulate?”

     Here’s what repopulate means:

     “Repopulate_ introduce a population into (a previously occupied area or country).”

     “Well, who was here before?”

     YOU were. But you were in a different body, a spiritual body. Same mind, same soul, same spirit…different body. St. Paul, in 1st Corinthians, chapter 15, starting around verse 35, explains these two different bodies very well but here is just one verse that deals with both the spiritual and earthly bodies…

     1st Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. KJV

     Celestial means heavenly or spiritual. Terrestrial means earthly or flesh and blood. Spiritual bodies and flesh and blood bodies.

     This is where knowledge of the three heaven/earth ages comes in and makes things so simple it’s almost impossible to not understand it. What was in the first heaven/earth age? All souls that Father had created for His pleasure…

     Revelation 4:111 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. KJV

     In the first heaven/earth age, we were not only in “heaven” with our Father but here on earth as well. Then the war in “heaven” happened, Father rearranged the surface of this earth to accommodate earthly, flesh and blood, bodies and, voila’, here we are.

     Now that’s REALLY hard to understand, isn’t it??? Get your head out of that dark part of your body and accept reality.

     I put the word “heaven” in quotation marks because “heaven” is not “up there”, heaven is where ever our Father IS at any given moment.

     Now, it’s a common belief, put forward by Satan and the scientific community, that the surface of the earth changed when this so-called meteor struck the earth, blowing trillions of particles of dirt into the atmosphere, thus blocking out the sun and putting earth into an ice age.

     But that would have taken a long period of time for the earth to cool to the point of freezing. And if so, how do they explain finding a wooly mammoth buried in the ice in Alaska with grass and flowers still in its mouth, waiting to be chewed, at the time it died?

     No, Father caused this earth to change INSTANTLY. Not over a long period of time.

     Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

     Father is not some idol made by human hands. WE are of His creation and WE are made by HIS hands.

     “Well, I find it hard to believe that God existed always.”

     If that’s your take on it, then you have no faith and people with no faith are dumb asses. You either stand for something or you’ll fall for anything and too many people take garbage and believe it to be the truth because they don’t take the time to think it through.

     “Well, that’s what they said so it must be true.”

     That doesn’t make it so. Don't be an idiot.

     Jeremiah 10:7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

     Take this word fear and interject revere. Father does not want us to fear Him, He wants us to revere and love Him and He will do the same back ‘atcha.

     Forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations. There has never been a human being born on this earth that can come close to having the knowledge, intelligence, or love that our Father has. Those people that think that they are wise in the ways of the world, that it will somehow increase their stock in the afterlife, will be sorely disappointed.

     Being wise in the ways of humanity is worthless when it comes to the spiritual. Being wise in the spiritual is of greatest value when all is said and done. How does one become wise in the spiritual?

     Psalms 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. KJV

     Again, the word fear should be viewed as revered. You want to be wise and have wisdom? Live your life according to His commandments. That’s a great start. He wants us to be happy during our life in these earthly bodies but He really could care less if you live on the street or are the CEO of a world-renowned corporation.

     He wants your soul to stay out of the arms of Satan and if you sin constantly if the world means more to you than your spiritual life, then He knows that you’re probably lost to Satan, and that grieves Him greatly.

     Jeremiah 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

     Some old-time commentators will tell you that brutish means that a man has left his humanity aside, and lowered himself to the level of an animal, but that’s a bunch of nonsense. So, what does brutish really mean?

     Brutish_ OT:1197 ba`ar (baw-ar'); a primitive root; to kindle, i.e. consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from OT:1198) to be (-come) brutish:

     We’re not through…let’s go to the root: OT:1198

     Root Word_ OT:1198 ba`ar (bah'-ar); from OT:1197; properly, foot (as consumed); i.e. (by exten.) of cattle brutishness; (concretely) stupid:

     Let’s not stop here…let’s cover foolish:

     Foolish_ OT:3688 kacal (kaw-sal'); a primitive root; properly, to be fat, i.e. (figuratively) silly: KJV - be foolish.

     Father is saying that His people are stupid and silly.

     The stock is a doctrine of vanities. What is this stock?

     Stock_ OT:6086 `ets (ates); from OT:6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence, wood (plural sticks):

     Stock is the wood from which they make their idols. You might also remember that this word “’'ets” was also used in the Book of Genesis, in the Garden, describing the backbone of a person. Remember that?

     So, let’s put this all together. Father is saying that they take a tree, trim off all the branches, making it look like a palm tree, then they carve one end of it to resemble a male penis. Where does the vanity come in?

     Verse 9.

     Jeremiah 10:9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.

     “Oh, let’s put some silver over on this spot.”

     “Yes, and let’s put some gold over on this side.”

     “And don’t forget to put some scarlet cloth over there.”

     They are PROUD of their work. That's the vanity of it all.

     This word cunning means WISE (does that ring a bell?), intelligent, skillful, or artful.

     They went to great lengths to decorate this idol and they are happy and proud of what they have accomplished. However, it will fall over if not nailed down, they have to carry it on their shoulders because it cannot move of itself, it cannot talk, it cannot heal, it cannot answer prayers and yet, they love it more than they do the Father.

     What kind of idols are in your life? That new bass boat or that new Tundra that you bought with the money that you made by working 70 hours a week for months on end while neglecting your family?

     If you were the Creator and you wanted the pleasure of the company of other souls, and after you created them, instead of loving and praising you, they went out and did something such as this, ignoring your every plea to come back into the fold and be whole again….how would you feel about that?

     Just because He’s a “spirit somewhere up there in the sky” doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have feelings. We are made in His image which means that He gets jealous just like we do, He cries just like we do, He smiles and enjoys us, as much as we will let Him.

     And, yes, His feelings get hurt just like ours. How many tears have you made Him shed lately?

     He gave His Only Son, allowed Him to be beaten, scorned, cursed, spit on, whipped, tormented, humiliated and embarrassed and THEN nailed to a tree and stabbed with a spear, so that YOU could have forgiveness of your pitiful sins after Satan has led you around by the nose for years, and this is how you treat Him?

     Utterly unbelievable.

     Jeremiah 10:10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

     Did you know that He’s made the earth tremble before? Yep. At the change over of the earths’ surface, when the second heaven/earth age began, the one in which we are currently living, and we covered that back in chapter 4…

     Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

     Jeremiah 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

     Moved lightly is a tongue in cheek way of saying moved violently!

     Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

     Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

     Jeremiah 4:27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. KJV

     He’s going to destroy everything that was on this earth back in that age. Trees, grass, animals, birds, buildings built by the souls of heaven…ALL OF IT. But He won’t destroy the earth itself, He will not make a full end of it all.

     And the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. They will not be able to withstand His Judgment. Everything that offends will be destroyed when our Lord returns. Should you be afraid? NOT if you have the seal of God in your forehead.

     Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have NOT the seal of God in their foreheads. KJV

     Satan and his locust army can only hurt those which have NOT the seal of God in their foreheads.

     Let me make a ridiculous example of how safe you will be…you’re standing in a room, in the middle of a building, that is FULL of dynamite. And when it all explodes, you will be standing there, completely untouched and unaffected. Maybe you could pull out a mirror and see if your hair is still in place.

     Or, here is an example from Father Himself....


     ✡ Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.


     ✡ Daniel 3:20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.


     ✡ Daniel 3:21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.


     ✡ Daniel 3:22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.


     ✡ Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.


     ✡ Daniel 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.


     ✡ Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. KJV

     The fire in that furnace was so hot that it killed the men that threw these three Hebrew men into. The radiated heat fried them but verse 25 tells us that those three INSIDE the furnace were unhurt and the Lord was in there with them to protect them.

 

      HE PROTECTS HIS OWN.

      And if you have that, you should be living a life that is pleasing to Him. You should be racking up good works that will weave the cloth of the robe that you will wear in the Eternity. No, life isn’t going to be perfect just because you see the truth, the truth between the fake messiah and the True Messiah.

     In fact, Satan will probably focus in on you BECAUSE you know the truth, but you don’t have to let him have his way with you…

     Luke 10:11 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. KJV

     You have the power THROUGH the Lord Jesus Christ. The power does not rest within you, it passes through you, by your faith, from our Lord. But, you have to pray and request that He do it, that He rid your life or your home of evil spirits.

     It’s not Satan that will do it because He is held behind the Throne of our Father and guarded 24/7 by the archangel Michael, but his spirit and his demonic associates can give you some trouble.

     Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

     Thus shall ye say unto them. This is what you should say to them, Jeremiah.

     Father repeatedly tells us that these fake gods, these fake idols, these fake churches, and preachers, will perish because there is no truth in them.

     Jeremiah 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

     Power, wisdom, and discretion. Three good qualities to have. You can have them yourself if you want them. The power will come through your belief that the True God has control over everything. Wisdom will come when you figure out that loving and reverencing our Father is the first step towards Godliness.

     And discretion can also be called spiritual discernment. The ability to look at someone or a situation and mentally understand that something is not quite right with them or it. The Holy Spirit will give that to you.

     Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

     There is a multitude of waters in the heavens. This word “heavens” doesn’t refer to the “place” where Father resides, but rather the open sky or the firmament, written of in Genesis 1:6.

     ✡ Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
KJV

     The water contained in that layer, called the firmament, is now the same water that fills the oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams around the globe. It was there as protection for the spiritual bodies in the first heaven/earth age. Today we’re protected by the ozone layer.

     And he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth. What are clouds made of? Water vapor. Tiny, sometimes microscopic, droplets of water, light enough to overcome the effects of gravity. Some of these clouds can be blown halfway around the world before they disseminate.

     Here’s an interesting fact for you concerning the water: every drop that was ever created is still right here on this planet, with the exception of a small amount that makes it up to the upper atmosphere where the sun converts it into ozone. What was it that protects us from the harmful rays of the sun? Ozone. Pretty cool, huh?

     Something else that’s interesting: water is the only fluid that becomes lighter when in solid form, which is ice. Why is that important? Because in the colder regions the surface of a pond will freeze overnight. If that ice were heavy it would sink to the bottom of the pond.

     The next night the same thing would happen and soon the entire pond would be filled up with layers of ice, which would kill every living thing in that pond. Did Father know that when He created water?

     “Well, durn, I didn’t know that water would do that when I created it.”

     I seriously doubt that Father was at all surprised.

     He maketh lightnings with rain. There’s someone else that can make lightning as well and that will be Satan/Antichrist during his five-month tribulation…

     Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, KJV

     I said lightning but this verse saysfire”….

     Fire_ NT:4442 pur (poor); a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning):

     Seriously, did you really doubt me?

     In my opinion, it takes a real numbnut to believe that everything was created by the expansion of a 3-millimeter piece of space material. And, of course, the argument to that belief is “where did that 3-millimeter piece of space material COME FROM?” It didn't just come into existence on its own. SOMEONE had to create it.

     Everything that mankind makes or builds HAS to have its beginnings in something that Father created.

     Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

     There’s that word “brutish” again. Silly and stupid. A “founder” is one that works in a foundry, where they melt various metals, some being poured into forms and molds. Obviously, this is one method by which they make graven images.

     Even the founder is confused by what he is making because HE knows that there is no life in what he produces, there is no breath in them.

     Jeremiah 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

     Perhaps the people think that they are “god-like” when they make and worship these false images and hardly anyone, other than our Father, will tell them or show them the error of their ways.

     And remember that vanity is one of the personal traits that gave Lucifer the courage to try to overtake the Throne of God and rule heaven by himself. You can blame him, Lucifer, for us being where we are today. Had he not attempted that takeover, we would still be in spiritual bodies in heaven today and not in flesh and blood bodies.

     Jeremiah 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The Lord of hosts is his name.

     The portion of Jacob is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Israel is His inheritance because it would be through the seed of the Tribe of Jacob and the Tribe of Levi that He would be born.

     Jeremiah 10:17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

     Gather up thy wares out of the land. You better pack your bags because you’re going to be moving soon. Moving into captivity.

     Jeremiah 10:18 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.

     I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once. They’re going to be removed to Babylon. To “sling out” is like to throw a rock from a sling, as David did with Goliath. We can read of another example in 1st Samuel…

     1st Samuel 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. KJV

     A modern version of a sling today would be a slingshot. Father isn’t just going to slowly have them removed, they will be moved quickly and with purpose and why not? They have thumbed their collective noses at Him for a long time now.

     Verse 19 will be Jerusalem speaking…Zion….

     Jeremiah 10:19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.

     Of course, they must bear it. Fathers’ patience will eventually run out and here it has. All they had to do was to listen to Jeremiah, listen to the words of our Father and heed them. But sins of the flesh are very difficult to turn away from and no one knows that better than Satan.

     Jeremiah 10:20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.

     My tabernacle is spoiled. The Babylonians will take the contents as spoil.

     My children are gone forth of me, and they are not. The children of the city of Jerusalem. Eventually, they will be scattered and generations later, they will not know who they really are.

     There is none to stretch forth my tent any more and to set up my curtains. The tent is the Tabernacle and when not set up, is just a pile of fabric and ropes and sticks. Father is not in it.

     Jeremiah 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

     For the pastors are become brutish. Silly and stupid. In some churches today, one knows when the service is over when they put the snakes back in the bag.

     And have not sought the Lord. They speak their own words and not His. That ‘ole preacher from down there in Louisiana is coming to town here this week. He teaches humanism and not the Word of God and thousands upon thousands of people will buy a ticket to hear him speak.

     People don’t want to hear the Word of God today. They have itching ears that need to be tickled. They want something new and exciting, so they can talk about it at work on Monday.

     “You want me to read the Bible? Boring, boring, boring. Who wants to read the Old Testament anyway?”

     Jeremiah 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.

     A bruit is an announcement or a proclamation…the rumor of the coming invasion.

     Bruit_ OT:8052 shemuw`ah (sehm-oo-aw'); feminine passive participle of OT:8074; something heard, i.e. an announcement:

     And a great commotion out of the north country. That’s the direction from which the army is coming.

     To make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons. So desolate that only the jackals, the dragons, will wander around looking for food.

     Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

     Father gave us free will but if we love Him, we hand that free will over to Him and allow Him to direct our path. The stubborn among us, myself included, fight that tooth and nail because we know what’s best for us.

     How in the world can we put direction in our own lives when we don’t even know how or what to pray for?

     Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. KJV

     The Holy Spirit will direct our lives if we allow it.

     Jeremiah 10:24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

     Please, Father, don’t correct me while you’re angry but DO correct me with the moderation of your fair and equal justice. How many times were we told, as young parents, to wait until your anger subsides before you correct your children so that you don’t overdo it?

     Same thing with our Father. And, don’t worry, He will never let it get out of hand.

     Jeremiah 10:25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate. KJV

     How many times have our parents told us to not run with that crowd because they will get you into trouble? Many times. The same thing applies when we’re adults. If you run with a party crowd chances are pretty good that things will go sour a time or two.

     Protect yourself. It’s your soul. Don’t let some other yahoo corrupt it.

 

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