Day 228

Jeremiah 14-17

Chapter 14

All I get out of v 1-10 is that these poor primitive people don’t know what causes weather patterns, so they believe that drought is caused by something they have done to anger the god(s). In v 11-18, Yahweh says emphatically that his plans to destroy Jerusalem are firm, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar and a false prophet. So there! And in v 19-22, Jeremiah begs him to reconsider. As nasty as this book is, I find a lot of it actually sad when consider the point of view of the people who are suffering.

Chapter 15

This just expands on the content from chapter 14, but it’s more specific on the details of the devastation. “I will send the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the vultures to devour, and the wild animals to finish up what is left.” (v 3). Yawheh is quite determined! So Jeremiah pleads for himself, because he’s such a goody-two-shoes he thinks at least he should be spared (v 15-18). He imagines that he’s so special that god will favor him (v 19-21). I think this guy is delusional big-time!

Chapter 16

The descriptions of graphic violence continue, with god telling Jeremiah not to marry and have children, because “They will die from terrible diseases. No one will mourn for them or bury them, and they will lie scattered on the ground like manure. They will die from war and famine, and their bodies will be food for the vultures and wild animals.” (v 4). And the rant runs on, with Yahweh basically telling Jeremiah to cut himself off from everybody, because they’re all wicked – read v 5-13 for all the details.

Chapter 17

The first part of this chapter is the usual rant *…*, but wait! There are a couple of verses that sounds pretty, so believers pick them out and share them. Man, you gotta dig to find something positive in Jeremiah! Then, in v 19-27, Yahweh sends Jeremiah to the gates of Jerusalem to warn people against breaking the Sabbath. Yahweh promises “if you obey me, … and do not carry on your trade at the gates or work on the Sabbath day, and if you keep it holy, … There will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem.” (v 24-25) And that’s just wrong; as we already know, the Davidian kings died out. But Yahweh continues, vowing that if the people do not listen, he will set fire to the gates (v 27). Did that actually happen? I guess so (see Nehemiah 1:3).

Jeremiah 17

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