This chapter has two divisions: the first involves a man by the name of Pashur and the second part, beginning with verse 7, is Jeremiah’s prayer of despair.
You know, we sit here and read these words and we can, sort of, relate to Jeremiah and the people persecuting him as they do, but our feet are not in his shoes, we’re not on the ground with him daily, we don’t experience his anger and despair or endure the beating that he will receive in this chapter.
We don’t see the anger in the eyes of the people as they stand in front of him and curse him as they would a dog in the street. Or being shunned by his own people, turning their backs to him, as he walks down the street or goes into a shop to buy something.
Certainly, he overhears the plotting of his death, probably on purpose, so as to make him worry about that future event. Always looking behind, checking out people as they get close to him, looking at their hands to see if an instrument of his death might be in one of them.
How many of you would endure that if the Father asked you to do so? I wouldn’t believe you if you said that you would.
Jeremiah 20:1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.
This word “son” doesn’t mean that Immer was his father, it means that he was a “descendant” of the Immer family. “Son” can also mean grandson or subject or nation.
Pashur, whose name means “freedom” (??), as a priest, he was the chief governor of the Temple. There will be another Pashur written of when we get to the next chapter but they are two different people, so don’t get them confused with each other.
Word had gotten back to Pashur as to what Jeremiah was preaching to the people and he didn’t like it.
Jeremiah 20:2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord.
The word “smote” seems pretty passive because it means “to strike” but in reality, Jeremiah received 40 lashes with a whip and was then put in the stocks at the gate of Benjamin. Stocks were not a pleasant experience because the head, arms, and legs were inserted into holes and locked there, which put the back in a very contorted, painful position.
Add the 40 stripes from the whip.
Jeremiah 20:3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The Lord hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-missabib.
Thank goodness he was only there for one day, but the damage had been done. What they did to Jeremiah really ticked our Father off and because of it Father renamed him Magor-missabib, which means “terror on all sides.”
His name goes from “freedom” to “terror on all sides.”
Jeremiah 20:4 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
Apparently Pashur was one of the “priests” that kept telling the people that everything was going to be alright and terrorized the people, to some extent, while doing so.
Father tells them that Pashur, his friends, and all of Jerusalem will go into captivity to the King of Babylon.
Jeremiah 20:5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon.
All of the contents of the Temple will be taken to Babylon, along with the people and anything that was worth anything as well.
Jeremiah 20:6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
Babylon is the end of the road for Pashur and his friends. They will die there and be buried there.
The root word for Babylon is babel and it means confusion. Babylon and babel play a very large role in these end times because when Satan/Antichrist appears in Jerusalem, claiming to be the Son of God, the Savior, he will be very convincing because he will LOOK, ACT, MOVE and SPEAK just like the True Messiah.
He will NOT come and bring death and destruction with him, as so many little antichrists would have people believe. He will come in prosperously and with flatteries...
✡ Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. KJV
That’s where Babylon and confusion come in. So-called Christians are not prepared for this because they have not read about it on their own and their false preachers are not telling them about it either.
Their false preachers, in fact, are telling them not to worry because they’ll be raptured out of here in a two-part coming of Jesus Christ. Problem is, the Bible doesn’t say anything about a two-part coming of the Lord.
And there is no rapture coming. Whoever is here on this earth at the moment Satan/Antichrist appears in Jerusalem will remain here until the Lord comes. Nobody is going anywhere. At least, not at that time.
We will ALL be here for the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist and those that STILL don’t know the difference between the fake and the True will commit the great Apostasy, the transferring of their belief in the True Christ over to the false christ.
People need to know and understand this but the church systems in this country don’t want to SCARE the parishioners or the congregation by telling them the truth, they might lose membership and that means loss of tithing and that means that bills won’t get paid and the preachers won’t be making any money.
“Well, I’ve heard all my life that we’re going to be raptured away before the really bad stuff starts.”
These insidious preachers will put money first and say NOTHING that will save the souls of the people that come every Sunday morning.
Judgment Day is really going to be something to watch because these preachers will be first in line, they will be judged first…
✡ 1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? KJV
Now we come to Jeremiah’s prayer….
Jeremiah 20:7 O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.
Being whipped with 40 stripes of the whip and bound in the stocks for a day seems to have rocked Jeremiah to his core but Father never told him that he WOULD NOT endure sufferings for His sake, but that He would DELIVER him OUT of those sufferings.
And the people continue to deride him. Nobody can blame Jeremiah for feeling as he currently does. He has no one to go to, everyone is against him and he is so despondent that he probably sees no hope for his future.
Jeremiah 20:8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.
He is saying that since he began to prophesy for our Father that his life has gone to crap, and it seems to get worse with each passing day.
Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
So, while in his pity party, he bows up and says that not only will he not prophesy any longer, he won’t even mention the Fathers’ name ever again. But when the Holy Spirit touches someone’s heart, with a purpose, there is no getting away from it. You can’t just turn around and walk away.
There was no credit given him from the people for trying to save them from the captivity, they cursed the name of the Father and he just decided to keep quiet.
But the Holy Spirit put a burning in his heart and he could not contain the words given him. He HAD to speak them and let them out.
Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
Report, say they, and we will report it. The people out on the street will take what they hear from Jeremiah and report it back to the Sanhedrin. They’ll even make things up about him just to persecute him more. They hate Jeremiah for the words that he speaks.
All my familiars watched for my halting. They watch everything that he does.
And we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. We’ll take his very words and use them against him and he will PAY for the things that he preaches. Only problem is, these aren’t Jeremiah’s words, they’re the Father’s.
Jeremiah 20:11 But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one. The righteousness of our Father is a terrible thing to mess around with and the people of Jerusalem, in addition, are messing around with one of His prophets, one of His chosen, one of His Election.
Their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. Nor will the confused ones of the end times be forgotten. Many of them will walk into the Lake of Fire for worshipping Satan/Antichrist.
They should have educated themselves, they should have protected their own soul and not let some MAN do it for them. It’s not too late. Go ahead and keep going to your local “church” if you want to but when you get home, pick up the Book and start reading it for yourselves. Don’t just use it for keeping a record of family deaths or weddings.
Over time, the more that you understand what you read, the less will be the desire to listen to some little antichrist stand up there spouting church doctrine and church views to you.
Jeremiah 20:12 But, O Lord of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.
We are an open book to our Father. There is nothing that we do or think that He doesn’t know about immediately. And, unlike MEN, He has no agenda, no ax to grind with us, thus making ALL of His judgments righteous.
Jeremiah prays to the Father that He execute righteous judgment against all those that persecute him. As with all of us, Jeremiah doesn’t see the big picture, the overall reason for why he is where he is and why he’s receiving all of this bunk from his own people.
We seldom see the big picture and become wrapped up in “at the moment” conflicts.
Jeremiah 20:13 Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
Perhaps Jeremiah has realized that Father DID deliver him out of the hands of Pashur and praises the Lord for doing so.
Jeremiah 20:14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
But he still will not turn it all loose. In essence, he’s saying that he rues the day that he was born.
Jeremiah 20:15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
Please, Father, heap curses on the friends and neighbors that came to the house to congratulate the family on the birth of a son.
Jeremiah 20:16 And let that man be as the cities which the Lord overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;
Let those people be scared all day and all night. Let Father bring destruction on THEM as He did on the cities, and the future of Jerusalem, that would not obey Him.
Jeremiah 20:17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
Jeremiah says that he should have just died in his mother’s womb, it would have saved him from living through days of torment as he is doing.
Jeremiah 20:18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame? KJV
Why was I born, he laments? Just to see sorrow and persecution day after day?
Jeremiah is exhibiting human emotions, not unlike any of us would have experienced, given the same situation. How quickly we go from praising our Father for something good happening in our lives, of which we attribute to Him, to cursing Him hours later when something turns sour.
We should praise Him during those hard and uncomfortable times because it may be that He is testing us, to see how we will react when things just don’t go the way we would like them to go. Maybe He’s measuring us to see where our breaking point truly is.
And when He finds that out, He then knows to what extent He can use us to further His overall Plan for all of us.
How much can you take before you begin to blame and curse Him?
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_11 January 2020_