Friday, July 29, 2016

Helping The Poor And Needy Is To Know JEHOVAH

Jeremiah 22:1-30 NIV

Judgment Against Wicked Kings

1This Is What The LORD Says: 

“Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this Message there: 2‘Hear The WORD of The LORD to you, king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. 

3This Is What The LORD Says: 

Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. 

 4For if you are careful to carry out these Commands, then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. 5But if you do not obey these Commands, Declares The LORD, I Swear By MYSELF that this palace will become a ruin.’ ”

6For This Is What The LORD Says about the palace of the king of Judah:

“Though you are like Gilead to ME,
like the summit of Lebanon,
I Will Surely Make you like a wasteland,
like towns not inhabited.
7I Will Send destroyers against you,
each man with his weapons,
and they will cut up your fine cedar beams
and throw them into the fire.

8“People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, ‘Why Has The LORD Done such a thing to this great city?’9And the answer will be: ‘Because they have forsaken The Covenant of The LORD their GOD and have worshiped and served other gods.’ ”

10Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss;
rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled,
because he will never return
nor see his native land again.

11For This Is What The LORD Says about Shalluma son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: 

“He will never return. 12He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again.”

13“Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
his upper rooms by injustice,
making his own people work for nothing,
not paying them for their labor.
14He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace
with spacious upper rooms.’
So he makes large windows in it,
panels it with cedar
and decorates it in red.
15“Does it make you a king
to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just,
so all went well with him.
16He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.

Is That Not What It Means To Know ME?”

Declares The LORD.

17“But your eyes and your heart
are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
and on oppression and extortion.”

18Therefore This Is What The Lord Says about Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:

“They will not mourn for him:
‘Alas, my brother! Alas, my sister!’
They will not mourn for him:
‘Alas, my master! Alas, his splendor!’
19He will have the burial of a donkey—
dragged away and thrown
outside the gates of Jerusalem.”

20“Go up to Lebanon and cry out,
let your voice be heard in Bashan,
cry out from Abarim,
for all your allies are crushed.
21I Warned you when you felt secure,
but you said, ‘I will not listen!’
This has been your way from your youth;
you have not obeyed ME.
22The wind will drive all your shepherds away,
and your allies will go into exile.
Then you will be ashamed and disgraced
because of all your wickedness.
23You who live in ‘Lebanon,b 
who are nestled in cedar buildings,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
pain like that of a woman in labor!

24“As Surely As I Live,” Declares The LORD

“Even if you, Jehoiachinc son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on MY Right Hand, I Would still Pull you Off. 25I Will Deliver you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.d 26I Will Hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die. 27You will never come back to the land you long to return to.”

28Is this man Jehoiachin a despised, broken pot,
an object no one wants?
Why will he and his children be hurled out,
cast into a land they do not know?
29O land, land, land,
hear The WORD of The LORD!

30This Is What The LORD Says

“Record this man as if childless,
a man who will not prosper in his lifetime,
for none of his offspring will prosper,
none will sit on the throne of David
or rule anymore in Judah.”

This chapter is a prophecy of what should befall the sons of Josiah, Jehoahaz or Shallum; Jehoiakim and Jeconiah.

It begins with an exhortation to the then reigning prince, Jehoiakim, his family and court, to do justice, relieve the oppressed, and refrain from doing injury to any; with a promise of prosperity upon so doing, Jeremiah 22:1; but, on the contrary behavior, the king's family, however precious they had been in The Sight of The LORD, should be destroyed, by persons described as fit for such work, which would occasion others to inquire the cause of such destruction; when it would be told them, it was for their apostasy from The LORD, their breaking Covenant with HIM, and their idolatry, Jeremiah 22:5; then of Shallum, who was then carried captive, it is predicted that he should never return to homeland, which was matter of greater lamentation than the death of his father Josiah, Jeremiah 22:10.

Next Jehoiakim, the present king on the throne, is reproved, and a woe denounced upon him for his injustice, luxury, covetousness, rapine, and murders, Jeremiah 22:13; and it is particularly threatened that he should die unlamented, and have no burial, Jeremiah 22:18; and then the people of the land are called upon to mourning and lamentation, their kings one after another being carried captive, Jeremiah 22:20; also Jeconiah the king's son, and who succeeded him, is threatened with rejection from The LORD, and a delivery of him up into the hand of the king of Babylon, with exile in a strange country, and death there, and that without children; so that David-Solomon's line should cease in him, Jeremiah 22:24.


Jeremiah 21:1-14 NIV

GOD Rejects Zedekiah’s Request

1The WORD Came to Jeremiah from The LORD when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah. They said: 2“Inquire now of The LORD for us because Nebuchadnezzara king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps The LORD Will Perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.”

3But Jeremiah answered them, “Tell Zedekiah, 

4This Is What The LORD, The GOD of Israel, Says: 

I AM About To Turn against you the weapons of war that are in your hands, which you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Babyloniansb who are outside the wall besieging you. And I Will Gather them inside this city. 5I MYSELF Will Fight against you with an Outstretched Hand and a Mighty Arm in Furious Anger and in Great Wrath. 6I Will Strike Down those who live in this city—both man and beast—and they will die of a terrible plague. 

7After that, 

Declares The LORD

I Will Give Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the people in this city who survive the plague, sword and famine, into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. 

HE Will Put them to the sword; HE Will Show them no Mercy or Pity or Compassion.’

8Furthermore, tell the people, 

‘This Is What The LORD Says: 

See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.9Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague. But whoever goes out and surrenders to the Babylonians who are besieging you will live; they will escape with their lives. 

 10I Have Determined To Do this city harm and not good, 

Declares The LORD. 

It will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’

11“Moreover, say to the royal house of Judah, 

‘Hear The WORD of The LORD

12This Is What The LORD Says to you, house of David:

“ ‘Administer justice every morning;
rescue from the hand of the oppressor
the one who has been robbed,
or MY Wrath Will Break Out and Burn like fire
because of the evil you have done—
burn with no one to quench it.
13I AM against you, Jerusalem,
you who live above this valley
on the rocky plateau, 

Declares The LORD

you who say, “Who can come against us?
Who can enter our refuge?”
14I Will Punish you as your deeds deserve,

Declares The LORD.

I Will Kindle a fire in your forests
that will consume everything around you.’ ”

With the last verse of Jeremiah 20 ended the scroll of Jehoiakim: with the first verse of Jeremiah 21:1-14 begins a digest of various prophecies Jeremiah 21-24 addressed to Zedekiah in his ninth year, and called Zedekiah's scroll.

The occasion of this prophecy was the embassy sent by Zedekiah to Jeremiah, asking his prayers when the Chaldean(Babylonian) army was advancing upon Jerusalem. So clearly did the prophet foresee the result that he could give the king no hope. HIS answer, contained in the scroll, divides itself into two parts, in the first Jeremiah 20-22, the prophet reviews the conduct of the royal house: in the second Jeremiah 23:9-40, that of the priests and prophets; closing with a vision Jeremiah 24:1-10 in which he shows the pitiable condition of Zedekiah and his people.

The WORD Of JESUS Is In My Heart Like A Fire

Jeremiah 20:1-18 NIV

Jeremiah and Pashhur

1When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of The Temple of The LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,2he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at The LORD'S Temple. 

 3The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, 

Jeremiah said to him, “The LORD'S Name for you is not Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 

4For This Is What The LORD Says: 

‘I Will Make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I Will Give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword. 5I Will Deliver all the wealth of this city into the hands of their enemies—all its products, all its valuables and all the treasures of the kings of Judah. They will take it away as plunder and carry it off to Babylon. 6And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.’ ”

Jeremiah’s Complaint

7YOU Deceiveda me, LORD, and I was deceivedb ;
YOU Overpowered me and Prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So The WORD of The LORD Has Brought me
insult and reproach all day long.

9But if I say, “I will not mention HIS WORD
or speak anymore in HIS Name,”
HIS WORD Is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.

10I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!
Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!”
All my friends
are waiting for me to slip, saying,
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
then we will prevail over him
and take our revenge on him.”

11But The LORD Is with me like a Mighty Warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten.

12LORD ALMIGHTY, YOU WHO Examine the righteous
and Probe the heart and mind,
Let me see YOUR Vengeance on them,
for to YOU I Have Committed my cause.

13Sing to The LORD!
Give praise to The LORD!
HE Rescues the life of the needy
from the hands of the wicked.

14Cursed be the day I was born!
May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
15Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,
who made him very glad, saying,
“A child is born to you—a son!”
16May that man be like the towns
The LORD Overthrew without pity.
May he hear wailing in the morning,
a battle cry at noon.
17For he did not kill me in the womb,
with my mother as my grave,
her womb enlarged forever.
18Why did I ever come out of the womb
to see trouble and sorrow
and to end my days in shame?

This chapter gives an account of the usage that Jeremiah met with from many for his prophecies, and the effect it had upon him. He was smitten and put in the stocks by Pashur the priest, who released him the next day, Jeremiah 20:1; upon which he prophesies again of the delivery of the city of Jerusalem, with all its riches, and of the whole land, to the Chaldeans(Babylonians); and particularly that Pashur should be a terror to himself and all his friends; and that both he and they should be carried captive into Babylon, and die, and be buried there, Jeremiah 20:4.

And then he complains of his being mocked at by the people for The WORD of The LORD; which he therefore determined to make no more mention of, but was obliged to it; and of the defamation of him, and snares that were laid for him, Jeremiah 20:7; under which he is supported with the consideration of The LORD'S Being with him, and that his enemies should not prevail, but be confounded; and appeals to him, and calls for vengeance from HIM on them; and, in the view of deliverance, not only praises The LORD HIMSELF, but calls upon others to join with him in it, Jeremiah 20:11.

 And yet, after all, the chapter is concluded with his cursing the day of his birth, and the man that brought his father the news of it, Jeremiah 20:14.

If this was said immediately upon the foregoing, it was a most strange and sudden change of frame indeed that the prophet came into, from praising GOD, to cursing the day of his birth; Therefore some have thought it was delivered at another time, when in great anguish of spirit; very likely when so ill treated by Pashur to show in what distress he had been, and what reason there was for praise and thanksgiving; for the words may be connected with the preceding, “for he has delivered from the hand of evil doers the soul of the poor” in the time of his distress, “cursed be the day” etc.

But whenever it was spoken, it showed the impatience of the prophet, the weakness of his faith, and the greatness of his folly, to curse a day, and his birth day too, as Job did, when under affliction. Job 3:1

Some say that Jeremiah cursed the day of his birth because it was the ninth of Ab, the day on which The LORD'S Temple was burnt.