The Book of Jeremiah

Chapter 19

The Potter's Bottle

     Jeremiah, chosen by our Father to be a prophet before he even was born. Again, what does the name Jeremiah mean? “Whom God launches forth.” He was born with a strong heart else he would not have been able to put up with the persecution from his own people.

     Chapter after chapter, Father has used him to tell Judah HIS words, the words of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of the people. And they hate Jeremiah for that. They would rather listen to their false prophets, that feed them smooth words and make them feel safe, but it’s all for naught.

     Father’s Plan will take effect.

     This is a really good chapter as Father will denounce the practice of Molech worshipping and rename the valley on whose edge these abominations were performed.

     Verse 1.

     Jeremiah 19:1 Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;

     Sometimes the Hebrew names for people and objects are somewhat humorous. Take the word “bottle”, for instance…..

     Bottle_ OT:1228 baqbuk (bak-book'); from OT:1238; a bottle (from the gurgling in emptying):

     “Gloop, gloop, gloop.”

     How human is that?

     And take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests. The 72 men of the Sanhedrim, partly from the priests and partly from the people or “the other Tribes.” Other than the Tribe of Levi, from which the priests came.

     Take these folks with you, Jeremiah.

     Jeremiah 19:2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,

     The primary use of this valley was as a garbage dump for the city of Jerusalem, an area where solid waste was dumped. Everything that nobody in the city wanted any more was thrown there, including dead animals.

     And it burned day and night, most times it smoldered underneath the surface, producing a noxious odor that, when the wind was right, would make its way back over the city and really make it hard to breathe.

     Our Lord used this area to illustrate the condition of a soul when covered with sin and it also represented a concept of what hell would be.

     If you’ll remember, in chapters 7 and 19, the name was changed to “the valley of slaughter”.

     Jeremiah 7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. KJV

     And…

     Jeremiah 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter. KJV

     This will also be the valley where the battle of Armageddon will be fought during the end times. There is one more item associated with this valley and we’ll get to that in a moment.

     Take these 72 men with you and then speak the words that I will put in your mouth.

     Jeremiah 19:3 And say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.

     Father doesn’t bring evil into our lives, the meaning of evil is bad things or calamity..

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

     The sense of the word “tingle” here is shame or fear

     Tingle_ OT: tsalal (tsaw-lal'); a primitive root [identical with OT:6749 through the idea of vibration]; to tinkle, i.e. rattle together (as the ears in reddening with shame, or the teeth in chattering with fear):

     What everybody is going to be shown here at this valley is going to be shameful and fearful.

     Jeremiah 19:4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;

     Because they have forsaken me. Because they have forgotten Me…

     And have estranged this place. Estranged meaning to be acquainted with, care for, respect, revere.

     They’ve burned incense to gods other than the Father, gods that neither their fathers nor their mothers knew about, not even the Kings of Judah.

     And have filled this place with the blood of innocents; The blood of innocent babies.

     Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

     Baal, being one of the gods that Judah worshipped, is placed here instead of the word Moloch. Moloch was a Canaanite god built out of brass or bronze. It had two horns and the ears of a pig on its head. It was built only from the waist up and within its chest were seven cubicles or indentations large enough to hold a small child.

     A fire would be built in the furnace at the bottom of this figure and as it got hot, it would subsequently burn the babies or children that were placed in the cubicles, burn them to death, roasting them alive, as a sacrifice to this god.

     What a horrific and deplorable way for a human being to die.

     Which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

     Father said that IT NEVER CROSSED HIS MIND THAT WE SHOULD DO THIS SORT OF THING TO OUR CHILDREN!

     Do we practice this sort of thing today? No, we're more sophisticated today. We take the UNBORN baby partially out of the birth canal of the mother and with a scalpel, the doctor cuts a small incision at the base of the neck, and then, using a plastic suction tube, they "vacuum" the brain from this child, thus causing instant death.

     Why do we do this? Because it's a legal way of killing a child that the mother no longer wants. Plain and simple.

     Jeremiah 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

     But The valley of slaughter. The valley of the slaughter of HIS children.

     Jeremiah 19:Jeremiah 19:7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

     And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place. The people counseling with the leaders and elders that would allow such a despicable act.

     It’s an accumulation of acts/sins that are contrary to the laws of our Father that has Judah in such hot water with Him. And the arrogance and lack of repentance, the decision to keep turning away from Him, is going to bring destruction on them.

     Figuratively speaking, he will have their enemies, the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, or the King of Syria, Sennacherib, totally destroy them and then allow their bodies to lie on the ground and become food for the vultures and birds of prey and the beasts of the earth.

     Father is not just talking physically here, He’s talking spiritually. Their souls are heaped up with massive amounts of sin and there is not one speck of repentance on the horizon.

     Don’t let your life become like that. Don’t alienate yourself so far from the grace of our Father that He may never get you back. Don’t give Satan the victory OVER YOU.

     It’s all so very easy. Have a change of heart, because you KNOW the sins that you’re committing, get down on your knees and repent of them all, and immediately have a fresh start so that if, and God forbid, you die in a car accident on the way to work tomorrow morning and you have to face Him with your soul covered with the “garbage” from the valley of slaughter, at least this way your soul will be clean.

     Maybe not the best reason for repentance but if it gets you to repent, then so be it.

     Jeremiah 19:Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

     After the Babylonians destroy the city it will indeed be desolate. Jerusalem is well known around this part of the world and it’s a major trade center and the contrast of the coming destruction will fill visitors and travelers with awe.

     Jeremiah 19:Jeremiah 19:9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.

     The assault on Jerusalem wasn’t over in a day or a week. It went on for months. All provisions going INTO the city were cut off entirely and soon starvation set in.

     Some say that they ate the provisions of their neighbors, but the verse is especially clear: they ate the flesh, cannibalism, of their children.

     In the Books of the Kings, when the king of Syria came against Samaria, the capital of the Ten Northern Tribes, the provisions were cut off then as well, as what we read here in Jeremiah, and I give these verses simply to show that cannibalism did exist when the Israelites starved without food:

     2nd Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver.

     They even ate the excrement of birds to stay alive.

     2nd Kings 6:26 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king.

     2nd Kings 6:27 And he said, If the Lord do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?

     2nd Kings 6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

     2nd Kings 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son. KJV

     Desperate measures during desperate times.

     Jeremiah 19:10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,

     This is a symbolic action and is explained in the next verse, but the bottle will be broken IN THE SIGHT of the priests and leaders that go to this valley with Jeremiah.

     Jeremiah 19:11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.

     So many will die that they will run out of burial space for them in the valley of slaughter (Tophet).

     There is little chance that a broken bottle can be made whole again and so Father says about Judah: He will scatter them, and nothing more than a remnant will remain in Jerusalem for many years to come.

     Jeremiah 19:12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:

     Father is threatening to destroy it all. He’s going to do it.

     And even make this city as Tophet. Jerusalem will be as full of dead bodies as the valley of Tophet.

     Jeremiah 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.

     The roofs of most houses were flat, for a couple of reasons. There was little rain throughout the year so water runoff was not a problem. Rooftops were also used as a platform for watchmen, those that looked out over the plains, keeping an eye out for the enemy approaching.

     Our Lord spoke of “housetops” in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke..

     Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. KJV

     We are to take the truth that we learn from reading and studying His Word and tell the world about it. WARN them of the coming fake messiah that church-goers in this country are told not to worry about because they’ll be raptured away before it happens.

     We are to WATCH for the seven signs of the end times that He gave us in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

     Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. KJV

     Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. KJV

     But the Israelites would get up on their housetops and burn incense to the gods of the sun, moon and the stars, pagan rituals incorporated into their daily lives instead of praying to and worshipping our Father.

     Jeremiah 19:14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord's house; and said to all the people,

     After some time, Jeremiah returned to the Temple and spoke to the people.

     Jeremiah 19:15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words. KJV

     So, what have we learned so far from this book of Jeremiah? Generally, we’ve had nineteen chapters of Father threatening to destroy Judah and the city of Jerusalem because they have turned away from Him and would rather worship idols made of wood, stone, gold or silver.

     They would rather live a lifestyle that is totally void and absent of ANY of His laws or commandments. They want to live according to THEIR rules, they would rather listen to THEIR false preachers every Sunday morning and they would rather live without His blessings when everything could be turned around quite suddenly by a change of heart, repentance, and rededicating themselves back to Him.

     There is no doubt that the human mind, the human psyche, contains an inherent knowledge of good and evil. If it didn’t, we would be no better than the animals, whose only inherent desire is to survive and propagate.

     Are you not better than an animal? They cannot read and study, but YOU can. They will not be responsible for their actions and their decisions during this short lifespan that we live in these earthly bodies, but YOU will be.

     And as you live your lifestyle, day by day, without Him in your life, you play Russian roulette with your soul because, as no one knows what day our Lord will return, so do we NOT know what day we will die, from whatever cause.

     Why do you take that chance, why would you take a chance of standing before Him on Judgment Day with a ton of sins assigned to your soul? With no opportunity for repentance available at that time.

     There’s a little voice in the back of your brain that talks quietly to you on occasion. That’s your soul and spirit. You know, the soul and spirit that Father placed in you at the time your daddy conceived with your momma?

     Your soul and spirit DOESN’T WANT to walk into the Lake of Fire, regardless of whether it’s a soul that tends towards good or evil. But, it has to overcome the desires of this flesh and blood body and a lot of times it loses the argument.

     LISTEN to it from time to time. Not only will it keep you out of trouble, occasionally, during this life, but it’s also your CONNECTION to the world that you don’t see. The spiritual world.

     Get your head on right and get back into Father’s good graces once again.

 

 

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_10 January 2020_

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