Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 6 – Jeremiah, Section 3 plus Lamentations

23:33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle [burden] of the Lord?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle [burden]?’ I will even forsake you,” says the Lord.

The Hebrew word massa’ (מַשָּׂא), mostly translated burden, load, or tribute, is derived from the verb nasa’ (נָשָׂא) meaning to lift, carry, take. The KJV and the BSB got this one right, keeping it burden, because having to declare punitive outcomes for His people breaking covenant with Him is a burden for Our merciful God.

Jeremiah 24 – The Sign of Two Baskets of Figs. This reminds me of Jesus cursing the fig tree (Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-25), which, I believe, symbolizes Jerusalem and the Temple.

24:7 “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.” Also see Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Ezekiel 18:3, 2 Corinthians 3:3, Deuteronomy 30:6, 2 Chronicles 30:12.

25:9 and 27:7 “…Nebuchadnezzar…My servant…” Anyone, believer or not, can be used of Yah. Pay attention and know the works of Elohim.

25:33 “They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse [dung, offal] on the ground.” See 8:2, 9:22, 16:4, Psalm 53:5, Psalm 79:3, Psalm 83:10, Isaiah 5:25, Isaiah 34:3, 2 Kings 9:37, 2 Kings 23:5.

Matthew 24:28 and Luke 17:37 “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles [vultures] will be gathered together.” Also see Job 39:30, Ezekiel 39:17, Habakkuk 1:8.

26:20-24 Urijah prophesied as Jeremiah did, but when his life was threatened, he escaped to Egypt [big mistake, we are not to trust Egypt (the world, the physical)]. He was caught and dragged back to the king, who slew the prophet with a sword. Jeremiah stayed under the protection of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, a royal scribe. This incident reminds me of the prophet who disobeyed the Lord by believing another prophet’s words without checking with the Lord and was mauled to death by a lion (1 Kings 13). We have to practice seeking the Lord in everything, no matter how small.

– The result of the false prophet Hananiah’s behavior (28) is similar to Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)—dying from a lie.

– Jeremiah’s prophecies in a nutshell: y’all did wrong on so many levels that the homeland is polluted; you will either die or go to Babylon; quit lying on Me; y’all couldn’t even keep the Shabbots; your enemies will be punished for punishing you too much; you will be restored to the land many years later (after most of your rebellious generation dies off as your ancestors in the wilderness did).

Chapter 29 – Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles
Daniel 9:2 “…in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”

Ezra 1:1 “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying…”

31:15 and Matthew 2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” Ramah was a town in the land allotted to Benjamin, who was Rachel’s younger son. Genesis 30:1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to [demanded] Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” Not to mention Benjamin was nearly wiped out for not obeying Torah concerning someone’s death (Judges 20-21).

31:19 “Surely, after my turning [back], I repented;
And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;
I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated,
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.”

Repentance involved humility (recognizing one’s wrongdoing) and accepting instruction, not just an apology.

31:22 “How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—A woman shall encompass [embrace, protect] a man.” As soon as I thought, “I need to pray for clarification,” the words “pray for” popped into my head. Amen.

31:31-38 – The New Covenant we are grafted into (Romans 11:11-24).

31:35-37 Israel will remain a nation (by His hand) until time and His current Order ends. See Revelation 21:1, Revelation 6:14, Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 3:13.

32:27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.”

Numbers 16:22 “O God [El], the God of the spirits of all flesh…”

Numbers 27:16 “…the Lord [YHWH], the God of the spirits of all flesh…”

“Is there anything too hard for Me?” See Matthew 19:26, 32:17, Genesis 18:14, Numbers 11:23, 2 Kings 1:3, 2 Kings 1:16, 2 Kings 3:18, Isaiah 50:2, Isaiah 59:1, Daniel 3, Daniel 6:22, Luke 1:37.

34:17 “Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming liberty [from slavery], every one to his brother and every one to his neighbor. Behold, I proclaim liberty to you,’ says the Lord—‘to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine! And I will deliver you to trouble among all the kingdoms of the earth.’”

The Father of All wants willing servants, not slaves.

Are you holding something over someone’s head? Forgive, let go, so you and that person will be free from any negative repercussions.

34:18 “And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it…”

A similar covenant was cut in Genesis 15, when Abraham cut the animals in two and the Father and the Son passed between the cut parts but not Abraham. The Father and the Son would fulfill all covenants established between Abraham’s descendants—natural and adopted—and Yah Himself.

35:19 “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever.” Rechabites may still exists today in modern-day Yemen.

– Jeremiah gets accused of defecting to the Chaldeans, and then the princes (leaders) whine to the king about Jeremiah’s prophecies demoralizing their military and people. I am going to guess very few cared about the covenant and justified its neglect by seeking either an advantage in manipulating the spirit realm in their favor, or the debauched entertainment demonic worship demanded.

38:23 “And you [Zedekiah] shall cause this city to be burned with fire.” No pressure, LOL! Even in his fear, the king still would not take a chance that Jeremiah was right or seek the Lord himself.

– It took Nebuchadnezzar 18 months to penetrate Jerusalem and left the land to the poor.

– The Lord spared the life of Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, who rescued Jeremiah out of the pit of mud, for he trusted the Lord of All.

– Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard of Babylon, knew of Jeremiah’s prophesies and declared the pronouncements had come to pass, giving full credit to the El of the Israelites. He had tell Jeremiah twice to get lost, LOL!

– When Gedaliah became governor by Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, the Jews in Moab, Edom, and Ammon came to help the remnant in Judah to havest.

– Johanan told Gedaliah twice there was a plot to kill him, even offered to kill Ishmael for him. Gedaliah rejected that idea. Unfortunately, Jonanan was right, and Ishmael with 10 men killed Gedaliah and every Jew in the area of the murder. Ishmael also captured the Jew in Mizpah and marched them towards Ammon. Jonanan learned of it and rescued the people, but Ishmael had escaped with 8 men to Ammon. Lesson: Check with the Lord to see what to do with such a serious allegation.

41:9 “Now the pit into which Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had slain, because of Gedaliah, was the same one Asa the king [of Judah] had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain.” Why was this mentioned?

41:10-18 This part reminds me of David and his men freeing their families and possessions from the Amalekites (1 Samuel 30). David’s situation felt like a test from the Lord; this one, centuries later, it gives off the vibe of being the opposite of David’s trust in the Lord. I will set it aside in the long list of future revelations.

– The people still did not trust the word of the Lord from Jeremiah even after the prophecies had come true. The fear of man can be stronger than the fear of God when you submit to the flesh. Please, Father Yah, help us through Your Son and Spirit to avoid not trusting You, Your Will and Purpose.

42:20 “For you were hypocrites [led astray] in your hearts when you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to all that the Lord your God says, so declare to us and we will do it.’”

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites [actors]! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”

– They dragged Jeremiah and Baruch, along with the survivors, to Egypt. Why not leave those two behind?

– The people openly said they would continue their idolatry, despite Jeremiah’s prophecies and warnings. See Exodus 32:9, Exodus 33:3, Exodus 33:5, Exodus 34:9, Numbers 14:11, Deuteronomy 9:13, Deuteronomy 31:27, 2 Kings 17:14, Isaiah 48:4, Acts 7:51, Hebrews 3:16.

44:2930 “‘And this shall be a sign to you,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that My words will surely stand against you for adversity.’”

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy who sought his life.’”

In modern vernacular: “Since y’all rejected my warning, I will give a sign that I am serious about what will befall y’all in Egypt: Pharaoh will die. Remember, I pronounced and fulfilled Zedekiah’s defeat the same way.”

– Parts of this book are out of chronological order.

47:67 “O you sword of the Lord,
How long until you are quiet?
Put yourself up into your scabbard,
Rest and be still!
How can it be quiet,
Seeing the Lord has given it a charge
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore?
There He has appointed it.”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Revelation 1:16 “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.”

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Psalm 45:3 “Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty.”

Isaiah 49:2 “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Also see Psalm 149:6, Revelation 2:12, Revelation 2:16, Leviticus 26:25, Isaiah 34:6, Isaiah 66:16, Hosea 6:5.

48:10 “Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.”

Matthew 21:28-32 – The Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 23:3 “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

Psalm 50:16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth?”

Judges 5:23 “Curse Meroz,” said the Angel of the Lord, “Curse its inhabitants bitterly, Because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”

Judges 21:5 The children of Israel said, “Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up with the assembly to the Lord?” For they had made a great oath concerning anyone who had not come up to the Lord at Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”

48:25 “The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken,” says the Lord. Horn = strength, authority, power, influence; arm = military might, power in action.

48:30 “I know [Moab’s] wrath,” says the Lord, “But it is not right. His lies [boasts] have made nothing right.”
Isaiah 16:6 “We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; but his lies shall not be so.”

Amos 2:1 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
The last verse is the one used against cremation. It was an insult to the rulers, people, and the idols Edom had worshiped. The Father does not like dead bodies desecrated, whether people or rulers.

48:31-32 The Father said He would wail, weep, cry, and mourn over Moab’s judgment.

Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Also see 48:36, 48:38, Isaiah 15:5, Isaiah 16:7, Isaiah 16:11.

48:35 “Moreover,” says the Lord, “I will cause to cease in Moab the one who offers sacrifices in the high places and burns incense to his gods.”

Genesis 2:17 “…for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”

Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul who sins shall die.”

Everyone will be held accountable to their sins.

48:36 “…therefore the riches they have acquired have perished.” Luke 12:13-21 – The Parable of the Rich Fool, Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

48:38 “For I have broken Moab like a vessel in which is no pleasure,” says the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:21 “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from [these sins], he will be a vessel [instrument, tool] for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

48:47 “Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days,” says the Lord.
49:6 “But afterward I will bring back The captives of the people of Ammon,” says the Lord.
49:39 “…in the latter days, I will bring back the captives of Elam [Iran],” says the Lord.
12:15 “Then it shall be, after I have plucked [the neighboring countries] out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.”

Isaiah 19:18-25 – Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed Together

Isaiah 27:13 “So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown. They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”

50:6 “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray. They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill. They have forgotten their resting place.”

50:17 “Israel is like scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria devoured him; now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.”

There are so many references to people being like sheep. My favorites are Psalm 23, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 10:6, John 10:14, John 10:27.

Most of Chapters 50 and 51 describes Babylon’s judgment due to being too harsh on Israel, another example of dark humor on display. This also foreshadow the worldwide Babylon systemic collapse in the book of Revelation.

51:8 “Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.”

51:37 “Babylon shall become a heap, a dwelling place for jackals, an astonishment and a hissing, without an inhabitant.”

51:44 “I will punish Bel in Babylon, And I will bring out of his mouth what he has swallowed; And the nations shall not stream to him anymore. Yes, the wall of Babylon shall fall.”

Revelation 14:8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Isaiah 21:9 “And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!” Then he answered and said, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground.”

Babylon took the holy tools, except for the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat, and the two Altars. What had happened to those items? The Kingdom of Northern Israel did some of that during Amaziah’s reign (2 Kings 14:13-14). Egypt had a turn during Rehoboam’s reign (1 Kings 14:25-26). I want to contrast these with the 3 kings of Judah, Joash (2 Kings 12:18 – successful), Ahaz (2 Kings 16:7-9, 2 Chronicles 28:21 – partially successful) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:15-17 – failure), giving an advancing enemy items from the Temple. This pillaging happened again in 70 AD by the Romans with the second Temple. That makes 7 times articles were stolen from the Temple.

– I think this book is far more depressing than Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes at least has a bunch of useful information.

2:8 “He has stretched out a line… He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying.”

Amos 7:7-8 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

And I said, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.”

2 Kings 21:13 “And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.”

Isaiah 28:17 “Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet [weight of the plumb line]; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place.”

Isaiah 34:11 “But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it, Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.”

Zechariah 4:10 “For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel [Jesus’ ancestor]. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

3:8 “Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.” Who cannot relate to this? This is when patience (a test of faith) has to be exercise, even during times of trouble.

3:21-42 Jeremiah encourages himself in the Lord, asks us all to be patient and consider our ways.

3:22-23Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” He keeps us alive, and every day is a new beginning.

Zephaniah 3:5 “Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails…”

Job 7:18 “That You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?”

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David! Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”

3:30 “Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.”
Matthew 5:39 and Luke 6:29 “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

4:9Those slain by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger…” No kidding, starvation is a horrible way to die.

5:7 “Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.”

Leviticus 26:40 “But if they will confess their iniquity and that of their fathers in the unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me…”

Also see Jeremiah 3:25, Jeremiah 14:20, Jeremiah 16:12, Jeremiah 31:29, Ezekiel 18:2. People can debate this all they want. As for me, I have repented of any generational sins. I will not take any chances.

5:14 “And the young men from their music.” Not much has changed today. The young have always been into entertainment.

5:22 “Unless You have utterly rejected us, and are very angry with us!” LOL! Dark humor right here.

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