document.write('Christian Advertising | '); He has spent the bulk of his prophetic career announcing the former four demands, but now can turn to the latter two. — Paraphrase of Jeremiah 10: 23-24. Furthermore, God announces that the divine task is still to "watch." NIV translation printed below: Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; But despite all outward appearances, Jeremiah had a deep love for his homeland and its people. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. God is still watching over Israel, but now  "to build and to plant." The famous proverb ("The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge") no longer applies to Israel. The verbs are identical in all six cases. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners. His anger was the anger of God at the way they were destroying themselves, but he did not hate them. Such language is, historically, anachronistic, since the former "house of Israel" has not existed for over 100 years by the time of Jeremiah. say I will not mention him or speak any more in his name, his Word becomes like a fire in my heart, a fire shut up in my bones. Eventually the people did return to God, and a few decades later, they were allowed to go back and rebuild their nation. This covenant will not be a simple reiteration of the old covenant, based upon the act of liberation from Egypt (v. 32), because they have broken that one.     not in your anger, Jeremiah is commonly known as the "weeping prophet," based on his wish to have a "fountain of tears" with which he might weep for the slain of his own people (9:1).     it is not for them to direct their steps. | God does not seem to mind such anger directed at Him, just so long as the person keeps talking to Him. “Sing to the Lord,” says the last verse, “give praise to the Lord. So the division was not between those who supported him and those who did not. And all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more. He had no friends, no respect, no security, and even no satisfaction that all his troubles were doing anyone any good. I will write my law on their hearts and I will be their God and they will be my people. Clearly, the oracle is trying to be inclusive, speaking of every Israelite who calls on the name of YHWH, their God. Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it. From time to time you will also receive Special Offers from our partners that help us make this content free for you. God was, of course, behind all of Jeremiah’s words, and God was waiting for some kind sign of faithful response from his people. The only division among the people was between those that thought Jeremiah should be killed outright, and those who did not want his blood on their hands, even though they probably also would have liked to see him gone. But before we address some of the wonders of that section, let us look first at the small passage that precedes it, verses 27-30. Jeremiah, on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, Michelangelo (1465-1564). And to be sure that this new gift is more permanent than the older covenant, God will "write it on their hearts," the heart being the center of will and intelligence in Hebrew anthropology. document.write('Contact Us | '); Judah had fallen far from the will of God, and had sunk into idolatry and immorality; Jeremiah even describing Judah as a ‘harlot’ in chapter 22:20. it is not for them to direct their steps. And Israel has broken that ancient bond even though God was their "husband," reads the NRSV; the word is baal, which can also mean "master" or "lord." And that is true because God is about to create a new covenant with them. It is this trait of deep empathy for those he continually chastises that differentiates him from others of his prophetic brothers and sisters. As in many other places in the Bible, even the most angry and rebellious thoughts are not only permitted, but even recorded for posterity. But be gentle. About Us | In chapter 31 Jeremiah spoke these words from God to the people:  “With an everlasting love I have loved you, therefore I will continue my faithfulness.”  The angry words of God were only given in hopes of bringing the people back to their senses. The thoughts he had at that time are recorded in the Biblical book of Lamentations, which comes right after the book of Jeremiah. Keep me on track, Lord. Jeremiah’s hopes and the promises he proclaimed were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Such a hole is called a dungeon, and there the prophet was kept for some time. Jeremiah did his thankless task and was hated for it, but he kept a faithful heart toward God and a spirit of good will toward his neighbors. And, at last, Jeremiah is able to announce the final word of God given to him at his initial call. He would escape with his life, but little else. Jeremiah has been referred to as the “weeping prophet.” The message of warning and woe God gave him is heartbreaking, but it also contains a message of hope. Jeremiah at one point admits to wanting to throw in the towel and quit, but then says, “If! As a sign of that divine watching, no longer will Israel have to suffer as a result of the sins of their ancestors; they will all now be judged only on their own behaviors. Jeremiah’s ministry consisted mostly of angry denunciations and prophecies of doom. There, the weeping prophet grieves over Jerusalem, lamenting the destruction that his words could not prevent. The days are coming, God said, when I will make “a new covenant.”  Jesus used those very words on the night before his death when he took the cup of wine and said, “This is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins.”. Jeremiah The Weeping Prophet: If any one thing could be said of the prophet Jeremiah's life then surely of a truth it is" that he earned his stripes" and" paid his dues" as it were! And the men who put him into the prison tied ropes about his waist and lowered him into a deep hole beneath the prison floor. And primarily due to two things beloved (1) his broken and contrite heart and secondly "the burden of the Lord" (which weighed heavily upon him" at all times). When the warnings were not heeded and destruction did come upon his people, Jeremiah was heartbroken. His example is needed today. His words were not hateful words, but words that brought a needed warning. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! As a result of this great divine surgery, Israel will be God's people and God will be their God. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Here Jeremiah recalls quite directly material from his opening call as prophet. Several times Jeremiah’s life was threatened by an angry mob, but each time he was released. One also finds startling promises of hope, hope found not merely in the possibility of human repentance, but grounded squarely in the amazing grace of God. Jeremiah is a Major Prophet of Bible. Site Map | Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. This covenant will be cut both for the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He would escape with his life, but little else. When God called him, he received a six-fold task, to "pluck up and pull down," to "destroy and overthrow," and "to build and to plant." It is no wonder he has become known as ‘the weeping prophet.”. This verb also appeared in the punning oracle of 1:11-13 where Jeremiah is asked to look at a branch of an almond tree (shaqed in Hebrew) and is told that the meaning of this shaqed is now shoqed, "watching." “All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, ‘perhaps he will be deceived, and then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.”, “You deceived me,” Jeremiah said to God in that same chapter, “I am ridiculed all day long and everyone mocks me … the word of the Lord brings me nothing but insults and reproach all day long.”, “If! You can opt out of these offers at any time.     or you will reduce me to nothing. I get weary of holding it in, indeed, I cannot.”, “Sing to the Lord,” says the last verse, “give praise to the Lord. And Jeremiah kept on obeying God by continuing to speak that word. Furthermore, he found no human comfort. Sometimes Jeremiah got sick of it and lashed out, even at God.