The Book of Jeremiah
Father continues to rip Judah and Israel for their transgressions. As we study this chapter, take a moment and place yourself in their position, and maybe see something that you can change in your life that will make your relationship with our Father and our Lord a little more complete.
Chapter 1, verse 1.
Jeremiah 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
Father is telling both Judah and Israel to walk through the streets of Jerusalem and investigate, see if they can find ONE righteous man, one that seeks the truth and can be a fair judge, and if they can, then He will stop the oncoming war from the Chaldeans.
That makes me remember when Abraham was talking to our Father just before He destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah, and the three sister cities, how Father told Abraham that if he could find 50 righteous people in either Sodom or Gomorrah that He would not destroy those people.
This narration can be found in Genesis 18:23-33. And Abraham could not find 50, and the number kept getting smaller, from 50 to 45 to 40 to 30 to 20 to 10. With our Father finally destroying them with fire and brimstone because none could be found.
Let's remember what their sin was....homosexuality and lesbianism. The abomination that runs rampant through certain segments of our society today. Have I not told you that people today are no different than they were back then? They simply weren't organized into a group called LGBT Q. The Q, in some cases, meaning "questionable" as some really haven't decided which way they're going to go.
That, in and of itself, says that it's a personal decision and not an inherent genetic defect as to whether one is gay or not. They blow away their own argument by naming this group as such.
We know that Josiah, Baruch, and Zephaniah were living in Jerusalem at the time, so Father must be addressing this to the other masses of people living there,
Jeremiah 5:2 And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.
Oh, they SAY that they love the Lord, but they don’t LIVE like they love the Lord. Their actions override their mouth. Lip service. Attempting to hide heathenism and idol worship.
They’re not really swearing falsely, as in a courtroom setting, but rather this marks their insincerity.
Jeremiah 5:3 O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? Can’t you see what’s happening here, Father? Can you not see the truth, that your punishments are having no effect on the people?
They don’t want to return to our Lord because if they do they will have to stop the partying, the drinking, the orgies, the drugs, and the worshipping of their favorite idols. They like the things that they are doing, and they are willing to take the punishment for it.
So sad. Father just hasn’t hit them hard enough yet but it’s a’comin. The destruction of Jerusalem should change a few minds.
Jeremiah 5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
These are the words that Jeremiah is thinking to himself. Surely these are poor people, uneducated, and not knowing the ways of the Lord. They don’t know what Father expects them to do. Really? The prophets, the TRUE prophets, have been telling them for years what Father expects of them and what will happen if they don’t comply.
Jeremiah 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
I will get me unto the great men. Jeremiah thinks that if he goes to the princes, and judges, and lawyers, and such, that they are educated men and they will know what the Lord wants them to do.
But these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. Even they have hardened their hearts to the words of our Father, so education is not the problem, it’s the heart that’s the issue.
Jeremiah 5:6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
Father is really NOT going to send lions and wolves and leopards to jump out of the woods and tear people into shreds of flesh because they are sinning and disobeying Him. It’s a figure of speech designed to show the people, to warn the people of the coming destruction by the army of King Nebuchadnezzar.
A lion is the strongest. A wolf is the most ravenous. A leopard is the swiftest. These are all representative of the Babylonian army. But they can put a stop to it by repenting of their sins and rededicating their lives back to Him.
Jeremiah 5:7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
How shall I pardon thee for this? Father is asking a rhetorical question here because He knows the answer, and it’s spoken in a sense of utter frustration with His people.
He knows that eventually our Lord and Savior will come through these people, they will be the heritage that people will look back on when He walks this earth in the future, and they will use it against our Lord and try to demean His teachings and disgrace Him because of that heritage.
How can our Lord offer salvation to an entire world of people if He comes from a group of people that acted like this? He can and He will.
When I had fed them to the full. Forty years of living in the desert, feeding them manna and quail, making sure that their clothing and sandals didn’t wear out during that time, giving them water from a rock in a land that has none.
Have you ever stopped and thought about what that really means? That rock that Jacob rested his head on while fleeing from his brother Esau, that rock that they took with them everywhere they went, that rock would spew out enough water to satisfy the thirst of over three million people and their livestock.
And how did they repay Him?
And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. This word troops means large groups of people and they would stand outside these houses of prostitution, waiting to go inside and have sex with the harlots.
“Thanks for taking care of us, Father, but right now I have to go inside and have sex with a prostitute.”
Wow. So, you’re probably sitting there reading this and saying to yourselves…
“Man, I would never do something like that to my Father.”
Really? You’re that holy and righteous, are you? We are ALL capable of doing that to our Father. Sin and disobedience run rampant through all of our minds and bodies.
Jeremiah 5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.
Rise up early in the morning, eat a good breakfast, and go out and try to seduce his neighbors’ wife. What about today, how does something like that go on today? Yeah, you can wait until Saturday night and go down to the Dew Drop Inn and try to put the make on ‘ole Mary and her friend, but spiritually, how does that work?
“I know what let’s do! Let’s get up early on Sunday morning and go find us a church that has something NEW going on inside! Something exciting.”
If that’s what you’re looking for then you won’t have to travel far to find it. What’s hard to find is a church that teaches Father’s Word in a way that makes sense to people and that means book by book, one chapter after the other, but of course, they can’t do that in their church, the people would be bored out of their skull in a short time and go off and take their money somewhere else.
Jeremiah 5:9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
Shall I not visit for these things? What that means is that one day, and this is before the return of our Lord, He’s going to get so fed up with our nonsense that He will leave His Throne and come here and rap a few knuckles, like the sisters of the Holy Ghost used to do to me when I screwed up in school at St. John’s Catholic Church.
Father will do it on a much more serious note. I’ve often thought that when these scientists started cloning living tissue that that might bring Him back, but I was mistaken.
Father cannot allow sin to go unpunished. He can’t write a set of rules and then say….
“Oh well, they’re just having a little fun down there with Mary and her friend. Boys will be boys, I guess.”
He doesn’t work that way. He doesn’t levy justice on the “precedent system” that our courts operate on today. To where every law on the books is altered by some shyster lawyer getting a bad decision from some jury, thereby setting “precedent”, and every judgment from there on, on that particular offense, will follow previous rulings and not the original law as written.
Where the punishment should have been twenty years behind bars, but through “precedent”, they’ll only get six months and a stern talking to.
Father follows the original law, no exceptions because HE wrote it and HE’S the judge and jury. You want to try to outsmart Him? Go ahead, I want to see that.
Jeremiah 5:10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord's.
Father was supposed to be their wall if they only trusted in Him, but instead, they built their own walls out of stone and mortar.
To the Chaldean army, He is saying to invade Jerusalem, tear her walls down, but don’t kill everybody, leave a remnant. Father didn’t care about the walls or the towers or the watchmen or the tools of war because these are instruments of men, of humans.
For they are not the Lord's. He was supposed to be their battle plan and He would have guaranteed their victory had they trusted in Him, depended on Him, loved Him.
Jeremiah 5:11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the Lord.
You might include every other person on this earth that has knowledge of Him and His commandments and still decides to ignore Him and live in the ways of the world. Satan’s world. You want earthly, physical pleasure, go see Satan. He’s got a drawerful of it.
If you want love and everlasting peace, go to the Father. He’s got a drawerful of it too.
Jeremiah 5:12 They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:
They have belied the Lord. What is this belied?
✡ Belied_ OT:3584 kachash (kaw-khash'); a primitive root; to be untrue, in word (to lie, feign, disown) or deed (to disappoint, fail, cringe):
They don’t believe that this is the God that’s going to punish them.
It is not he. Of all the different gods that they pray to, THIS one is not the one that’s going to punish them.
Neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine. Boy, these people are certainly sure of themselves. This “God” says that He’s going to bring us down and we really don’t think He can!
Jeremiah 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.
And the prophets shall become wind. Their prophets are full of hot air.
And the word is not in them. They don’t speak or teach the Word of God.
Now, just you wait a minute! I thought this verse was talking about the House of Israel and the House of Judah and NOT the preacher down on the corner because that’s what HE does. He preaches his own words and nothing from the Good Book.
He tells us that there are books in the Bible that we really should not concern ourselves with because the teachings of the church will take care of us, give us our spiritual food, and take us off this planet before the bad stuff really starts to happen during the tribulation..
What does our Father think about that kind of thing? Read the next verse.
Jeremiah 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Because the people want to listen to that nonsense because they listen to MANS’ word, HE will put HIS Words in YOUR mouth and the truth is going to burn like fire in there.
Tell you what….squirt some Louisiana hot sauce in your mouth and hold it there for about five minutes before you trip over your own feet while running for the garden hose.
Spiritually, that’s what He’s talking about. The words of men, the words of Satan, are spiritual acid in your mouth.
Father uses the analogy of wood and fire because we know that fire does to wood. It burns. The words of our Father will act as a fire on you AS THOUGH you were made of wood. And what happens then?
Revelation 20:15 speaks of a lake of fire and that fire burns spiritually, and when the final judgment is over, Satan and his 7000 angels will walk into that lake along with every other soul that rejected the truth throughout their life.
✡ Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. KJV
Is your name in the book of life? No, it’s not, if you keep listening to the words of men and not the Words of our Father.
Jeremiah 5:15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the Lord: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far. That would be the Chaldean army from Babylon. Remember the country to the north?
That area of Babylon is Iraq and Iran of today. Iran is steadfastly going after the production of a nuclear warhead, despite the sanctions put on them by President Trump. And where do you think the first nuclear warhead will hit when they are eventually capable of building one? ISRAEL.
A nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. You won’t even know how to talk them out of destroying you, because you don’t speak their language. Is that written anywhere else in Scripture? Sure is, in the Pentateuch, the book of Deuteronomy…
✡ Deuteronomy 28:49 The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; KJV
The Babylonians spoke the Assyrian or Aramaic languages, not Hebrew as did the Jews. Only the wealthy and learned among the Jews could understand those languages.
Jeremiah 5:16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.
To most of us, a quiver is something that holds arrows neatly in one convenient place but not so here in this verse…
✡ Quiver_OT:827 'ashpah (ash-paw'); perhaps (feminine) from the same as OT:825 (in the sense of covering); a quiver or arrow-case:
But if we take the Hebrew word, quiver, back to its base or origin, OT:825, we find this…..
✡ Root Word_ OT:825 'ashshaph (ash-shawf'); from an unused root (probably meaning to lisp, i.e. practice enchantment); a conjurer:
It means enchantment or conjuring up from the nether world. Talking to Satan, if you will. We know that a sepulcher is a grave and put all together, it’s a pit, an open grave from which deception flows freely and that’s what Satan does best. And he has his “little antichrists” giving him all the help that he needs.
We went over this earlier, that these “little antichrists” are false preachers, spreading the lies of religious systems to all who will listen and there are MANY that will listen. Just look at the massive crowds that show up for these tele-preachers in their monstrous, converted, football stadiums/churches (?).
St. John warned us of these “little antichrists”…
✡ 1st John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. KJV
Don’t overlook the words last time because he is referring to the last days of this dispensation, this generation of the fig tree in which we are now living.
We should also remember that Satan’s arrows or darts of deception are easily defended against by putting on the gospel armor that we find described in the book of Ephesians…
✡ Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
✡ Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
✡ Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
✡ Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
✡ Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: KJV
These mighty men are written of here to show us the ungodliness of it all.
✡ Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. KJV
They were called gibor and they were the result of the sexual interaction between the fallen angels and the daughters of Adam. The children born being in ½ spiritual and ½ earthly bodies.
✡ Mighty men_ OT:1368 gibbowr (ghib-bore'); or (shortened) gibbor (ghib-bore'); intensive from the same as OT:1397; powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant:
Jeremiah 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.
Who are the they? Well, the subject is the Chaldean army, so it would be those folks that will eat up your vittles in the field, and not the Israelites. That army will kill your flocks and herds just to feed themselves, they’ll eat your fruit from off the vines and they’ll climb over your fences and walls and kill you and Father will allow it because of their disobedience.
Jeremiah 5:18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the Lord, I will not make a full end with you.
Father is not going to let that army destroy everybody in sight, He’s going to make sure that there is a remnant to carry forth. Same as He does with us today. There will always be a certain few that carry the truth of His Word forward, regardless of whether it benefits them or not.
Do you know who that remnant is? They’re His Election. His separated ones. His chosen ones. His set-aside ones.
Jeremiah 5:19 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.
Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? Why is Father doing this to us? He tells Jeremiah to tell them that it’s because they worshipped idols, they went whoring after heathen women, they had orgies up in the hills under green trees, and they disrespected Him to the bone.
So shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours. And now they’re going into captivity by the Babylonians, they’re going to be slaves to some heathen nation from the north.
Jeremiah 5:20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
Jeremiah, you tell this to the Ten Tribes, and also, to Judah, the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Foolish people are silly people. They can’t see or hear what’s right in front of them. He sends them prophets to tell them how He feels about the way they are living their lives and they kill the prophets. So, how did Jeremiah die?
“According to a tradition that is preserved in extrabiblical sources, he was stoned to death by his exasperated fellow countrymen in Egypt.”
Stoned to death by his own people. How are you doing? What “prophets” do you “slay”?
“Well, brother, we don’t slay our preachers.”
Maybe you should, because if you keep listening to them they’re going to take your soul to hell right along with them. You get all dressed up in your fancy clothes, drive down to the local beth-aven, and sit there listening intently to some yahoo telling you what HE thinks or what some CHURCH SYSTEM thinks and they all think that it's just so holy.
One church even goes so far as to tell you that if you don’t live by THEIR rules, that you will go to hell in a handbasket. And who gives them that authority? Certainly not our Father! He doesn’t delegate that kind of power out to ANY human being, much less some little antichrist.
Jeremiah 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
Will ye not tremble at my presence. How weak are your knees going to get when He calls your name and you stand there before His Throne awaiting judgment? There will be no lawyer, no jury of your peers, just You and Him.
“Well, we sure had a good time listening to preacher so-and-so tell us about the rapture and how we’d all be gone before the bad stuff happened and when it’s all over, we’ll all end up in heaven.”
What the hell have you been smoking? THERE IS NO RAPTURE OF THE SAINTS. It’s a lie put together to make you feel good because that preacher works for Satan and not our Father.
The rapture theory didn’t come about until the year 1830, when some demented, sickly woman had a vision, and even she said that it was a scary vision, and you had ‘ole John Darby standing by with his buddies and they thought…
“Wow! What a way to keep the congregation coming every Sunday morning. Promise them something that isn’t real, make them feel safe and secure, and they’ll keep coming over and over just to hear it again. Priceless!”
Can that preacher stop the waves of the ocean from overrunning onto the land and flooding everything? Our Father could AND DID. And He put a perpetual decree in place to make sure that it would never happen. Can your preacher do that? Didn’t think so.
The “churches” never wrote about, talked about, taught about or thought about a rapture of the saints for over 1800 years, from the time of Christ, and then, suddenly, it became the foremost mantra of most religions.
Jeremiah 5:23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
They are against everything that our Father requires of them.
Jeremiah 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Fear is better translated as revere, to love with respect and sanctity.
That giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season. The natural motion of atmospheric forces sometimes produces drought in some areas and flooding in others, but that does not mean that nature (?) is out of control. Father still has His hand over it all,
He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Is that statement really true? Let’s read of it in Genesis…
✡ Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. KJV
The appointed weeks of the harvest will always be there. Take that verse to heart, because it’s your guarantee that human beings will NEVER destroy this planet. Plastic, trash, or nukes. Never do it.
Jeremiah 5:25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
Ever wonder why your prayers aren’t answered? Why should He answer them? You go to some church that doesn’t teach His Word and you expect Him to listen to you when you get into trouble?
And your sins have withholden good things from you. Repenting of sin and receiving forgiveness means that you have to put forth a true effort to NOT commit those same sins again and if you only put forth a half-hearted effort to avoid the situations that cause you to commit those sins, they may be forgiven but not entirely forgotten by our Father.
I know that He’s told us that once forgiven, to never bring them up to Him again, because He remembers them no longer but if, in the back of your mind, you know that you may commit them once more, maybe that’s the reason that blessings are withheld.
✡ Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. KJV
Just something to consider.
Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
It’s one thing for men to lie, cheat, steal and do wicked things. It’s another thing to commit murder and take another’s life, but to take someone’s soul is unforgivable, and when these wicked men stand behind that pulpit and do the work of Satan by lying to the people sitting before them, they will pay a heavy price for doing so.
In fact, they will be the first in line on Judgment Day…
✡ 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
They set a trap, they catch men. They tell the people that they don’t have to read the Bible because they’re going to be gone before the tribulation even begins.
And the truly wicked among these so-called preachers are those that teach for money, for that paycheck, for that retirement benefit. The church system for whom they work will tell them straight out that if they don’t teach church doctrine, then they’re out of a job.
Jeremiah 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
Take a good look at these televangelists on TV. One ‘ole boy was in the news recently because he wanted a THIRD Gulfstream business jet to fly around in. TWO weren’t enough, he wanted THREE. The reason given is that he didn’t want to sit on a commercial airliner because he couldn’t study without being interrupted by other passengers.
Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
There is one leader that sits in Vatican City in Italy. He, and his predecessors have ignored priests molesting and raping young men of the congregation for centuries and NONE of them have come out and tried to stop it. Although, in fairness, Pope Mergoglio has voiced some concerns over the situation.
They take these perverted priests and send them off to another diocese, they put them among unsuspecting parishes, so that they can do it all over again and again. Fresh meat for the man that wears the collar.
Jeremiah 5:29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
Father questions and asks that should He not come down and take care of business? Shall He not be avenged because of their unrepented and repeated sin?
Jeremiah 5:30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
Both in unison.
Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? KJV
The preachers tell Satan’s lies and the deacons back him up 100% and the people just love it!
And what will ye do in the end thereof. What are they going to do on Judgment Day? They will stand there before God Himself and defend what they have done and this is what our Lord said would happen..
✡ Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
✡ Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV
A lot of preachers will get up behind that pulpit with only a copy of the New Testament in their hand, saying that the Old Testament was done away with and satisfied with the crucifixion and death of our Lord on the cross.
One glaring fallacy about that is that the Ten Commandments are written in Exodus 20:2-17. Are we to ignore those as well? Have they been taken away by our Lords’ crucifixion? Of course not.
Chapter 5 was another chapter where Father describes how disappointed, angry, and hurt He is with Israel, which means humanity in general today because they won’t live by His laws and instructions.
The Old Testament is ripe with the history of how Father and Israel interacted with each other. He teaches us today by the actions of people in the past, and how He dealt with them when they obeyed His laws and commandments, and how He instructed and punished them when they didn’t.
Simply teaching that our Lord is full of love and grace towards all peoples doesn’t teach us squat about how we are to live each day, according to His laws and commandments. The Old Testament shows us that there is a price to pay when we disobey Him and blessings to follow when we obey Him.
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