Jer. 7:1 ¶ The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer. 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house, and proclaim there this word,

and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these

gates to worship the LORD.

 

This chapter begins with YHWH instructing Jeremiah to deliver another message

of truth and warning to the people of Jerusalem. He is to stand at the entrance to

the temple to deliver this message. You would think that those entering the

temple “to worship the LORD” would want to hear God’s message, but, sadly,

that does not prove to be the case.

 

This brought a question to my mind: How many attend “God’s house”

throughout our nation and the world with the intent to worship Him? With the

desire to hear what He has to say to them?

 

Jer. 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and

your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

Jer. 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The

temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

Jer. 7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly

execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;

Jer. 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed

not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:

Jer. 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to

your fathers, for ever and ever.

 

Yet again, the LORD is calling His people to repentance and obedience. God

loves His people; His desire is to bless them. He warns them that the temple

does not make them immune to judgment. In fact, its presence should have

served to remind them of their covenant with God and the consequences for

rejecting Him.

 

God’s plea (my paraphrase): Diligently work to mend your ways and execute

righteous judgment among the people. Treat strangers in the land, the orphans

and widows with kindness and compassion. Value life. Honor Me with all your

heart, soul, mind and strength. Disobedience only serves to hurt you. If you will

follow me as your LORD, I will allow you to dwell in this land, the land that I

gave to your fathers as an everlasting inheritance.

 

The fact that God is going to bring destruction to the land and send the people

into captivity in no way negates His promise to the founding fathers of Israel—

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is God’s land to do with as He chooses, and He has

chosen to give that land to the descendants of Abraham through Jacob. Sadly,

the people had become so wicked that God needed to judge them and purify the

land and the nation. That is a truth that many people today still do not understand.  Because they do not believe in God and/or accept Him as Lord and His word as true, they think they have the right to determine to whom the land belongs. The land belongs to the Jews by the sovereign decree of God Almighty, and the nations are going to find this out the hard way.

 

Jer. 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jer. 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn

incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

Jer. 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my

name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?

Jer. 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in

your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

 

The prophet goes on to declare that the people are trusting in lies. What lies?

That God will protect them just because His temple is there.

 

Again, my paraphrase of God’s message: Do you actually think that you can

steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely and burn incense to Baal and other

foreign gods and then come to the temple, the house called by My name, and

claim my protection? Do you think I intend to protect people known for violence

and destruction in My house? You can’t deny that you do this because I have

seen it with My own eyes.

 

Again, I can’t help but make application to much I see in Christendom today.

The people allow themselves to be led by false teachers that are misrepresenting

God’s truth. We congregate in houses of worship while embracing the sad

morals of our society including abortion (or the right to choose as they prefer to

call it—I call it murder), lack of commitment in marriage, cohabiting outside of marriage,

homosexuality, deceptive business practices, and allowing idols in our lives that

we use to justify not giving God the priority in our lives. We allow the false

teachers to defraud the innocent by supporting their misrepresentation of the

truth of God’s word, e.g., the prosperity gospel, because we are so concerned

about being politically correct and/or not being tagged as intolerant.

 

I read an article by a good man that took issue with Christians taking hold of the

promises of God that are presented in context to Israel, such as that God is giving

to His people here. I think the important point that He is missing is that the

people of Israel were God’s chosen people who were to declare Him to the

world. No, the church hasn’t replaced Israel; but at this point in time, the true

church are God’s chosen people through whom He is declaring Himself to the

world. Scripture is clear that God doesn’t change. Therefore, the principles that

He establishes for dealing with His people are valid for His people of all times. I

believe that if the church would “humble themselves, and pray, and seek my

face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will

forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14) It’s the same

principle Jeremiah is declaring to the people in this passage. The problem is not

with God—the problem is the lack of the fear of God among His people. The

problem is our pride. I speak this to our shame.

 

Jer. 7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my

name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people

Israel.

Jer. 7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and

I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called

you, but ye answered not;

Jer. 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name,

wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as

I have done to Shiloh.

Jer. 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your

brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

 

In this section of verses God is basically saying that the people should remember

what happened to Shiloh, the place in Israel that housed the tabernacle and the

ark (the representation God’s presence) in the beginnings of the nation. It was

destroyed and the people judged.

 

1 Samuel 4:4–11 “So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark

of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubim’s….And

when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of

this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the

LORD was come into the camp.…O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the

Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. And the

Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and

there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the

ark of God was taken….”

 

Psalms 78:56–62 “Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his

testimonies: But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned

aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and

moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth,

and greatly abhorred Israel: So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he

placed among men; And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the

enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his

inheritance.”

 

Shiloh was located in the Northern Kingdom, which at the time of Jeremiah’s

ministry had been taken captive by the Assyrians. God is basically saying that

just as surely as I brought judgment then, I will just as surely bring judgment

now.

 

Jer. 7:16 ¶ Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor

prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

 

I think the LORD is instructing Jeremiah not to pray for this people. If he tries to

intercede for them, God will not listen.

 

It’s always interesting to me that God seems to give multiple opportunities for

His people to repent in spite of His omniscience. I believe that is for the benefit

of individuals. Though judgment upon the nation is sure, I believe God is

reaching out to the hearts of the few in the nation that will respond in repentance

and faith—the remnant through whom He will fulfill those covenant promises

and through whom the Messiah will be given.

 

Jer. 7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of

Jerusalem?

Jer. 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the

women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour

out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

Jer. 7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke

themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

 

YHWH continues to justify His instruction by pointing out how wickedness is so

prevalent and public. Whole families participate in preparing offerings to

present to “the queen of heaven” and other false gods. They are knowingly

provoking God to anger. Don’t they understand that they are bringing about

their own judgment and ruin?

 

It is very obvious from the context that this “queen” is part of the pantheon of

false gods worshipped among the nations at that time. It is interesting to note

that Catholics use the title “Queen of Heaven” in reference to Mary, the mother

of Jesus, and the apparitions appearing around the world that claim to be she. If

you do much reading at all regarding the messages of this apparition, you will

soon find that many are in conflict with scripture. I can only conclude that she is

one of those deceiving “angels of light” associated with Satan and his cohorts.

 

2 Corinthians 11:14–15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel

of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers

of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

 

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Jer. 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury

shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the

trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall

not be quenched.

 

When reading this verse, I couldn’t help but be reminded of God’s words as

recorded by Moses.

 

Exodus 34:14 “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is

Jealous, is a jealous God….”

 

Deuteronomy 6:13–15 “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt

swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are

round about you; (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of

the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the

earth.”

 

Another thing that stood out in this verse is how sin brings consequences to the

surrounding environment. When men are judged, the land and other creatures

in it experience the consequences.

 

These are words that should provoke fear and trembling—“mine anger and my

fury shall be poured out…and shall not be quenched.” I think that just like the great majority people today, Israel no longer feared God.

 

Jer. 7:21 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt

offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.

Jer. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day

that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or

sacrifices:

Jer. 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will

be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I

have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

 

I think the NIV translation is much easier to understand for this section of verses:

“Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves!

For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give

them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I gave them this command:

Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I

command you, that it may go well with you.”

 

It’s interesting how much energy man will invest in performing rituals and

adhering to routines to project a desired appearance of spirituality. When it

comes to actually serving God according to His will as revealed in His word,

however, we choose to follow our own inclinations while trying to justify actions

that go against that very revelation. We seem to be wired to try to meet God on

our own terms rather than His.

 

Jer. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the

counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and

not forward.

 

The sad truth—God’s people chose not to listen to Him. They chose to act

according to their own purposes and their own desires as stated above.

 

The Hebrew for the word imagination was interesting. It stated “in the sense of

twisted” from a root that stated “to be hostile; enemy.” It was actually

emphasizing the fact that their purposes were rooted in a heart that was hostile

to God; their thinking was twisted; it wasn’t rooted in the truth. Instead of

growing spiritually, they were in spiritual decline.

 

Jer. 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt

unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily

rising up early and sending them:

Jer. 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened

their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

 

The prophet continues God’s message to the people. He declares that God has

been faithful to send His prophets to declare His truth and His judgment. Sadly,

the people had chosen to ignore the prophets and the truth they declared. As

they continued in their sinful ways, they became even more entrenched in sin

than were their fathers. That is an important truth—Sin unrestrained results in even worse sin.

 

Jer. 7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will

not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer

thee.

Jer. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the

voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is

cut off from their mouth.

 

The LORD reminds Jeremiah that the people are going to reject the message he

declares; his message will fall on deaf ears. They will refuse to repent of their

sin. However, he is not to quit; he is to be faithful to continue to proclaim God’s word. He is to confront them with their sin and warn them of the judgment to come.

 

The church today would do well to follow his example. We have become so

focused on talking about God’s love that the message of identifying sin and

declaring judgment has become almost nonexistent. We need to declare the

whole counsel of God.

 

Jer. 7:29 ¶ Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a

lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the

generation of his wrath.

Jer. 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD:

they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to

pollute it.

Jer. 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley

of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which

I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

 

This is yet another call to mourning and repentance. YHWH has rejected this

generation, the generation of His wrath. God’s long-suffering has reached its

limit. Judgment is necessary because of the wickedness of the people. It has

gotten to the point that even the temple is no longer exempted from their

wickedness. They have brought their idols into the temple. They pay homage to

these false gods by sacrificing their own children in the fire. YHWH, the one true

God, had never asked for such sacrifices; in fact, this type of sacrifice never

entered His heart.

 

I can hear someone now saying, but what about Abraham and Isaac. That was a

personal time of testing for Abraham that Abraham knew would result in the

resurrection of Isaac if necessary for God to keep His covenant.

 

Hebrews 11:17–19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that

had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in

Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from

the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.”

 

It was an example of righteous faith and obedience to God. These sacrifices to

false gods were acts of murder done with selfish motives—to gain the favor of

these impotent gods.

 

Though we do not place babies in the burning arms of an idol as sacrifices today, we have resorted to a different type of burning to get rid of unwanted babies before they can be born.  Consider this quote from an article at www.liveactionsnews.org by Cassy Fiano on November 30, 2016:  “Saline abortions fall under the method known as “instillation abortion”—a method where substances including saline, digoxin, potassium chloride, or prostaglandin are injected into a mother’s womb….In a saline abortion, the baby is not only poisoned, but also chemically burned alive from the inside out.”

 

Jer. 7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no

more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of

slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.

Jer. 7:33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the

heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.

Jer. 7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets

of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the

bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

 

The LORD declares that the time is coming when the carcasses of His wicked

people will provide a great feast to the carnivorous birds as they fill the valley

where they sacrificed their children. At that time Judah will be a place of sadness

and desolation.