Synopsis by Jack Bass
Jeremiah 23. Even though God destroyed Judah and scattered what was left of his people all over the world he felt bad because the people who had scattered his people (Babylonians) had treated his people badly so he promised he would restore them to their own country once again. He also promises the ones who had not taken care of his people that he would punish them severely. This about bringing them home has all been prophesied in the Bible and it happened in 1948 when the UN declared them a Nation and the people started coming back to their lands that God had given them. God is still fulfilling his promise to his people of returning all that were scattered back to the promised land. When they all have returned look for things to start happening. I feel like the return of Jesus will follow shortly after they are all back. In Verses 5-6 we read The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior. (This is Jesus being born of a virgin as Prophesied) God goes on to tell of his unhappiness with all the fake priests and Prophets who have gone bad and not followed his laws. God promises to bring disaster on them all. So many of the Prophets of Jerusalem were not selected by God and were all just a bunch of fakes. I feel like we are experiencing this today in some of our churches with some of the messages these churches are preaching. May God be with them and open their eyes to the truth. In Verses 33-40 God is speaking of the messages some are preaching are not his message but are the messages of the ones preaching them. He promises to deal with them when the time comes.
Chapter 24. Good figs bad figs. God shows Jeremiah two baskets of figs, one good one bad. He asks Jeremiah to tell him what he saw in the figs. Jeremiah explains it pretty much like I would if asked the same question. Good ones can be eaten bad ones cannot. God explains his meaning to be. The good figs are the good people who went into exile and the bad figs the bad ones. God promises to watch over the Good ones even while they are in captivity and says to them one day they will return to the Promised Land and they will love him when they do return. I’M not too sure that’s what happened from all I read and hear about is many people in Israel don’t believe God is real. A large portion of Israelis are atheists. As for the bad figs God says they represent what’s evil. He promises whether they stay in Egypt when he calls them to return to the Promised Land or wherever they stay wherever they are he will essentially make it miserable for them. He promises to deal with Zedekiah and all the other bad figs harshly. Zedekiah was the king appointed by Nebuchadnezzar over Judah.
Chapter 25. Jeremiah is telling the people who God is going to destroy their land and banish all that are left after the slaughter into captivity in Babylon for seventy years and they will be ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar. They will be treated badly for all the sins they have committed and have not begged for mercy for. When we sin we are expected by God to plead in all sincerity to beg his forgiveness. We ask and he will forgive because he loves us so. After seventy years of captivity God promises to punish King Nebuchadnezzar for treating his people so bad during their captivity. He will make their lands desolate forever. I believe that Babylon is now the country of Iraq and we see now what’s going on over there. God’s wrath is on display. God gives Jeremiah a cup of wrath and Jeremiah is to take it to all nations who have treated his people badly and they are to drink of the cup. I’M not sure if the last parts of this chapter are predicting the end times but it sure sounds like it to me. But he may just be punishing all the wicked people for all their sins. Kind of confusing to me that’s for sure.
In Christ, Jack.
Father God open my eyes that I might see what you mean in the scriptures. Some of what I read is a mystery to me and very hard for me to understand. Give me wisdom from on high that I may see and understand. I ask for blessings on my church as well as our missionaries around the world. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.