The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 11

Prophesies to Judah & Jerusalem

     In this chapter we are given the seventh of fifty-one prophesies of Jeremiah, beginning with verse 3. Let’s get into it.

     Jeremiah 11:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

     Do you see how Father never gives up on us? Never. Chapter after chapter, verse after verse, continually trying to get our heads out of this world and back into His. But we are stubborn, we know better.

     Many years ago, I lived my life as I wanted, telling myself that just before my time was up that I would “get religion”, clean my act up, and make it into the Eternity by the skin of my teeth. Sadly, we don’t have any skin on our teeth.

     And by living that way I would miss out on so much, so many blessings from Him would never materialize, and, discounting a fatal car accident or something else that would have taken my life in an instant, there would have been no time at all to reconcile with Him before I stood there with egg all over my face, and a soul full of sin, on Judgment Day.

     And unrepentant sin all over my soul. A very stupid way to live ones’ life. How are you doing? Sound familiar?

     “Oh, I’m just too busy right now with work and the kids and all that. I’ll get to that “religious stuff” later.”

     Well, you should get rid of that “religious stuff” altogether and not even go there. That “religious stuff” is almost as bad as living like a heathen. At least heathens don’t have to “unlearn” a ton of religious garbage.

     Father doesn’t want religion from you, He wants YOU and your HEART and your MIND and your OBEDIENCE and your LOVE. Screw that “religious stuff”.

     Jeremiah 11:2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

     What is this covenant? If we go down to verse 7 we’ll find that the subject is Egypt, so this covenant must involve Israel during, before, or after their imprisonment by the Egyptians, and it is.

     It’s the old covenant of Exodus that had been renewed during Jeremiahs’ days, under King Josiah, in his eighteenth year as king…

     2nd Kings 23:1 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.

     2nd Kings 23:2 And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.

     2nd Kings 23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. KJV

     In that verse 3, we have everything that we need to do to please our Father. Simple words that are hard to implement, for an extended period of time, in our daily lives.

     Jeremiah 11:3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,

     Did you read that correctly? Cursed be the man that obeyeth NOT the words of this covenant. This is written to the person that does NOT obey the words of this covenant. So, what are we to do? We are to try as hard as we possibly can to implement those words in our daily lives and as long as we TRY, He will count it as perfect.

     Sure, we’re going to mess up sometimes, and that’s why our Lord gave His life on the cross so that we could have forgiveness upon repentance, but unless you’re a habitual sinner, live by those words of the covenant and you’ll be ok.

     Jeremiah 11:4 Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:

     The iron furnace. A name given to Egypt because of the long duration and the hardships of the bondage….

     Deuteronomy 4:20 But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day. KJV

     According to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God. No more comforting words can ever be heard by human ears. The Supreme Entity that created us and all the universe wants to be our God, our Father, to love and protect us always. What could possibly be more sustaining in this life than those words?

     Just imagine the Eternity, with the jeweled city of Jerusalem on the horizon…no more hardships, no more temptations, because every desire will be fulfilled, our Lord sitting on His Throne in that beautiful city, going to Him and being close to His presence.

     Perfect harmony and love.

     Jeremiah 11:5 That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.

     To give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Each Tribe was given, by our Father, a land allotment, described in detail, in the book of Joshua. Since Father owns this planet, He is free to give it to whomsoever He chooses.

     And the fight between Israel and the Palestinians over control of that land and the city of Jerusalem is really pointless. Palestine may POSSESS parts of the land, but they will never OWN the land.

     And it was a great move by President Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem because it told the Palestinians that America, Jacob, sides with Israel regardless of what anybody else says about it.

     Reclaiming their land became official in May of 1948 when Israel established her international borders once again,

     And said, So be it, O Lord. The prophet responds with right on, Lord!”

     Jeremiah 11:6 Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.

     Go into the cities of Judah, especially the streets of Jerusalem, Jeremiah, and remind them of the words of this covenant and tell them to DO THEM. To live their lives according to them AND THEN I will bless them again.

     Jeremiah 11:7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.

     This was back in the day, when He spoke to these peoples’ ancestors, and He did it earnestly, getting up early in the morning, not letting any daylight go to waste when it comes to talking to His people, trying to get them back into the fold and in good standing with Him again.

     What kind of “standing” are you in with Him today?

     “That Old Testament doesn’t mean a thing today. Jesus did away with all those laws and ordinances and besides, my preacher says not to worry about anything, He’ll rapture us out of here before the horse manure hits the fan.”

     And that kind of thinking puts you on the “A” list that Satan keeps. He’ll put you off to the side and concentrate on those who are still sitting on the fence, not sure of what to believe.

     “Well, my preacher says this and that, and my friend, who does Yoga and meditation, says to just relax and breathe in and out, and I just don’t know what to believe.”

     Then pick up the Book and read it. Educate yourself. Does anybody REALLY think that Father would make the Bible so difficult to understand that NO ONE would get it? That EVERYONE would need a preacher of some sort to explain it all to them? Or have GOD HIMSELF stand before you this afternoon and explain it to you?

     Not hardly. This life is YOUR test, not His, and time is getting short, Bubba.

     Jeremiah 11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.

     It’s all pretty straightforward, you don’t have to read between the lines to get understanding. Here’s the covenant…read it….follow what it says….live forever.

     Or not.

     Jeremiah 11:9 And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

     What does conspiracy mean here?

     Conspiracy_ OT:7195 qesher (keh'-sher; from OT:7194; an (unlawful) alliance:

     Let’s go to the root word, OT:7194

     Root Word_ OT:7194 qashar (kaw-shar'); a primitive root: to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league):

     The people talk among themselves and decide that Father is wrong, and they’ll live their lives as they so please. Why do they do that? Because THEY LIKE to live that way, they like the pleasures of the world and of the flesh, and all that.

     They KNOW that that idol that they made isn’t going to do anything to them, isn’t going to punish them for disobedience, because the idol doesn’t have a set of rules to live by. I mean, they’re not COMPLETELY stupid.

     At one point, here Moses is, up there on Mount Sinai getting the TEN COMMANDMENTS, and the people are gathered on the valley floor, melting their gold jewelry, making a golden calf to worship, and having an orgy.

     The golden calf didn’t give them any rules to live by and that made them happy. That made Moses so mad that He made them grind that calf into gold powder, spread it on the water, and made them drink it.

     Exodus 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

     Exodus 32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. KJV

     It would seem that the old adage of “misery loves company” might apply here. Take comfort in numbers, even though what they profess to believe is untrue.

     Jeremiah 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

     Father includes ALL of Israel here, both Tribes.

     If you go to the same church each Sunday, and you listen to the same words, from the same preacher, and you gather in the parking lot after each service and everybody is agreeing that the preacher preached a POWERFUL sermon that morning, how in the world do you know if what was preached aligns with the Word of God?

     YOU DON’T, not if you haven’t read and studied the Book for yourself.

     The children believe the same things because that's what their fathers taught them, and the forefathers taught the fathers. Everybody agrees that worshipping idols is ok. Everyone, that is, except our Father. Quite the reason that He keeps drilling in on them, trying to make them see the error of their ways.

     Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

     Too late, Charlie, you have exhausted His patience, and now He’s going to bring the hammer down. If they won’t listen to His Words, then perhaps their way of life needs to change and change it will.

     Evil doesn’t mean what you might think it means, Father doesn’t do EVIL. It means calamity, mishap, misfortune, catastrophe or disaster.

     Evil_ OT:7451 ra` (rah); from OT:7489; bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral):

     And from the root word OT:7489

     Root Word_ OT:7489 ra`a` (raw-ah'); a primitive root; properly, to spoil (literally, by breaking to pieces); figuratively, to make (or be) good for nothing, i.e. bad (physically, socially or morally):

     He’s made His decision and no matter how much they cry, wail, or plead, it won’t change His mind. They will not be able to escape.

     Which they shall not be able to escape. Do you realize what was just said there? There is no place on this earth where you can go to escape Him. No nook or cranny, no mountain to have fall on you, no spacecraft to take you to the outer limits, no invisible body to slink around in, no closet, however dark, will hide you.

     And WE think that WE’RE in charge, that WE’RE in control?

     Jeremiah 11:12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

     Go ahead and cry to your pitiful idols that you’ve made, even though they cannot stand on their own, walk on their own, or perform miracles or create something. It’s useless. They will not be able to help you.

     Jeremiah 11:13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.

     As St. Paul noted as he walked the streets of Mars’ Hill, there was a different church, worshipping a different god, on every street corner. They even had one to an “unknown god” just to make sure that they included ALL of them. They truly did not know the Father.

     Acts 17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

     Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. KJV

     Israel didn’t make these gods up themselves, they were already in existence among the heathen nations but since Judah and Ephraim just HAD to be like them, they ignored our Father and lusted after Satan and the ways of the world.

     Jeremiah 11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

     Don’t pray for these people, Jeremiah, it's too late, says Father, and He said that for THEM to hear because it was not Jeremiah who was disobeying Him. We found out in verse 3 that if they didn’t follow the covenant that He would curse them and that will come in the form of the captivity.

     Do you hear people crying out to our Father today? Not so much, I think. Why? Because they’re happy doing what they’re doing. Going to church every Sunday morning and listening to the garbage of some religious institution or they’re going to some revamped sports stadium and listening to some little antichrist tell them how great THEY can be. Humanism.

     NOT how great our Father is, but how great THEY can be. And the people in attendance just eat it up and can't seem to get enough of it. Arms raised in the air, swaying back and forth, their minds drunk with the emotions of the moment, while Satan stands off to one side, amused at how easy it is to deceive the ignorant.

     While probably thinking to himself..."I hope they never pick up that Book and start reading it or I'm in deep trouble."

     This may sound strange but have you ever seen an ant farm? You know, a plastic or glass container, similar to an aquarium, filled with sand and ants, and those ants are just busy, busy, busy, doing nothing, or so it would appear. That’s the lot of some Christians.

     They teach Sunday School, they stand in the choir and sing, they help out during summer vacation bible school, they put the packages together for the poor during the holidays….they do EVERYTHING in that church EXCEPT educate themselves on the truth of God’s Word.

     Involving yourself in church activities is a good thing to do, but it can delude some people into thinking that those activities will get them into heaven, and they won’t. Satan has them convinced that they are such good people that they HAVE to go to heaven when they die, because of all the church-work they've done.

     Don’t delude yourself into thinking that good works will get you into the Eternity. IT WILL NOT. It WILL put a robe on you IF you get there, but it takes knowing the truth of His Word to save your soul. And in these end-times, it will take the seal of God, in your mind, for you to know that the first messiah to appear in Jerusalem, IS NOT the true Messiah.

     Jeremiah 11:15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.

     The word “she” refers to Israel as a whole, not an individual person.

     What hath my beloved to do in mine house. Manasseh had taken over the kingship from his father, Hezekiah, and reestablished heathenism in Israel, which his father had totally taken out of their lives, and he even went so far as to take an Asherah, the carved image of the male penis, and put it INSIDE THE TEMPLE OF GOD.

     And the holy flesh is passed from thee. They have defiled themselves to the point where even their sacrifices are no longer holy. Read what St. Paul wrote in the Epistle to Titus …

     Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. KJV

     Sin comes in and absorbs the whole body. Body, mind, conscience, and soul. But there is a way out and it is so unbelievably simple….turn your heart and mind to the Father. Resist temptation, resist Satan and he will run from you…

     James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. KJV

     That’s all well and good, but Satan will hammer you, even more, when you try to do just that, but hey….CALL on the name of the Lord when he does these things to you and Satan will run away faster than an antelope trying to get away from becoming a meal for that lion.

     Jeremiah 11:16 The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

     Father is using a metaphor, here, describing Israel as a green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit. And in times past, they were exactly that, but such is not the case here or the sound of His voice would not have caused lightning to strike that “tree” and cause it to be broken because of their idolatry.

     Jeremiah 11:17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

     They brought calamity, evil, on themselves, their actions brought out the anger in our Father, they burnt incense to some god and not to Him. It’s their fault, but Father will take them back in a New York minute if they will just repent and start living under the conditions of the covenant once again.

     He’s a loving, forgiving Father, BUT you have to do things HIS way, and not your way or the way of Satan’s’ world.

     We all know that we think of ourselves as something on a stick, BUT this is His world, they are His heavens, you are the product of His hands and He has the power to smoke you, not the other way around.

     So, why then do you deliberately try to make Him mad all the time? Seems like Israel, and that’s both Tribes here, Israel and Judah, are doing a good job of that here and now.

     Jeremiah 11:18 And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.

     What’s happening in this verse? Jeremiah is digressing a bit because he has just been told by our Father that the people of Anathoth, his kin-people, are plotting to kill him.

     Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

     Jeremiah had no idea that they were fixin’ to do him in, to kill him. The tree represents Jeremiah, the fruit is the words that Father has given to him to speak to the people and to cut him off from the land is to kill him.

     That his name may be no more remembered. They hated this ‘ole boy so much that they didn’t even want the people to remember that he ever existed. Why did they hate him so much? They didn’t like what they were hearing from the Father, the words that Jeremiah was speaking.

     And, perhaps, if they killed the prophet, then Father might just leave them alone and they can keep on living as always. They liked worshipping idols and getting drunk and screwing everyone that wore a skirt and they were willing to kill this man to keep that lifestyle going on.

     The deeper meaning here is that Jeremiah is a “TYPE” of Jesus Christ, the Savior. Many of the Jews hated Him as well, but the Kenites hated Him most. Hated what He said, hated what He stood for, hated the message that He was carrying from His Father.

     Why? Because they were of their father, the Devil, that’s why.

     But they were too stupid to realize that while pushing for His Crucifixion, the Crucifixion itself was the PURPOSE of His existence in a flesh and blood body. They didn’t realize that having Him die on the cross was Father’s PLAN from the beginning and THEY were being used to fulfill part of that Plan.

     What a bunch of dumb asses. They were a part of Fathers’ Plan from the beginning and didn’t even realize it.

     Jeremiah 11:20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.

     And Jeremiah now pleads with Father that, if it were possible, could he see the vengeance that will come upon them?

     This word rein is a pretty interesting word. In Webster’s dictionary, the primary meaning is that it’s usually used in the plural, as in a set of reins, by a rider to control a horse.

     The secondary meaning is the kidneys; or the region of the body, the loins; or the seat of feelings or passions. In the Hebrew, it’s used of the kidneys…

     Rein_ OT:3629 kilyah (kil-yaw'); feminine of OT:3627 (only in the plural); a kidney (as an essential organ); figuratively, the mind (as the interiorself):

     "Figuratively, the mind", and that's how Father is using it here. What Father is really saying here is that a kidney is one of the organs that we cannot live without, about equal with the heart, but where Father will search ones’ heart to find out what we really think, He can even get deeper into us and find out where the rubber really meets the road by searching REALLY deep within us and that’s why the reference is to a kidney.

     (I know I did a very poor job of explaining that.)

     Jeremiah 11:21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:

     The men of Anathoth are telling Jeremiah that if he stops prophesying, then they won’t kill him.

     Jeremiah 11:22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:

     The young men will die of the swords of the Chaldeans and the rest will die of a famine.

     Jeremiah 11:23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation. KJV

     The covenant has two aspects to it: one contains the promises of God, which He WILL fulfill, and the other is for us to obey and DO what is expected within that covenant.

     Basically, it’s a contract, a bargaining agreement. When He sees that we will ignore Him year after year, generation after generation, He understands that His pleas mean nothing to us, therefore He approaches us from a different direction and that’s in the form of a contract, a covenant.

     Within this contract, Father tells us that HE will do certain things if WE will do certain things. And He tells us, in that contract, that if we DON’T fulfill our end of the bargain that there will be consequences to deal with.

     He’s appealing to our common sense to try to save our very souls. In other words, don’t obey Him because you love Him, obey Him because YOU will get something out of it. Man, that’s one heck of a way to deal with a Supreme Being that created you, isn’t it?

     “I’ll love and obey you, but I have to get something out of it first. And You have to specify what it is that I will get, in a contract.”

     I guess, for some people, spending eternity with Him is not enough.

 

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