Day 230

Jeremiah 23-25

Chapter 23

Again, the usual rant. But check v 5-8 for more prophesy that can be interpreted as Messianic and/or pro-Israeli. Then continues the usual rant *…* for the whole rest of the chapter. But this time Yahweh scapegoats false prophets for leading people astray. (Which forms the basis for a lot of fundie sermons – and exactly how do you distinguish a false prophet from a true prophet?) Check v 14 for a passage that can be interpreted as anti-gay.

good figs and bad figs

good figs and bad figs

Chapter 24

Now we get a parable about figs. Jeremiah has a dream… this guy’s nuts! The good figs are the Jews that will return from exile in Babylon. The bad figs are King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt (v 8). They’re toast.

Chapter 25

Verses 1-11 are the usual *…*. But note that Jeremiah prophesied that the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years (v 11). As we already read back in Kings, it only lasted from the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BCE to the fall of Babylon in 538 BCE, about 48 years.

God says he is going to punish Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians for what they have done to his people (v 12-14) — even though God Himself is the one who made the Babylonians attack and enslave Judah (v 9). Then God will make the land of the Babylonians a wasteland forever (v 12) – obviously false prophecy, since this is present-day Iraq.

And this chapter gets even more weird, with a parable about a cup of bad wine (a metaphor for god’s anger). It turns into the usual rant *…* again, with the goriest details in v 33-38.

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