January 26, 2024 4:32 PM
(Please refer to the Preface and Introduction sections found in the Jeremiah Chapter 1 commentary for some general information about this chapter by chapter study of Jeremiah).
Jer 19:1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get (purchase) a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
We will see in this section that first God speaks to the leaders in verse 1. Later in verse 14 he speaks to all the people. The leaders have a greater accountability, yet God did not leave himself without witness to every ear. All were ultimately accountable. Do not think to use the excuse that my pastor never told me these things, so you can’t blame me. That definitely does not work in our generation, where the word is still so readily available to all.
God moves from the image of a potters vessel that is yet pliable in the potter’s hand to one that has been baked and hardened, whose shape is now unalterable. Because they would not shoob (turn away) from their sin, sin has now baked itself into their hearts, and this bottle cannot be remodelled anymore.
God spoke to both the civil and the spiritual rulers of the people. He wants a change in the entire land, not just inside the temple. We will not able to escape from the effects of gross sin in the land by hiding in our churches for much longer.
Jer 19:2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,
God sent him to the place of abortion of his day. The place where they threw the children in the fire to Moloch. God wanted the leaders to face their abominations. Go and stand where the babies are being butchered, where the drag queens are exposing themselves to your kindergarten class, with the parents cheering on. Go stand before the death camps of our day, the toxic injection centres of snake venom. Make the leaders of the people look at what they have wrought, and see what they will do.
Jer 19:3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil (rah) upon this place, the which whosoever heareth (shama), his ears shall tingle (redden with shame, or the teeth will chatter in fear).
Even though this message is primarily for the leaders, it is not just for the leaders only. All the inhabitants of the doomed city are to be made aware of what is to come. Let us try to make everyone aware as we possibly can, as the Lord speaks to us.
God will bring this horrible evil of invasion, siege, starvation, slaughter, and exile. What is about to come should make everyone’s ears tingle.
Jer 19:4 Because they have forsaken (relinquished, loosened themselves from) me, and have estranged (become strange toward, disowned) this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents (blameless, guiltless);
See 2 Ki 21:16, 24:3-4, 2 Chr 33:1-4.
2Ki 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
2Ki 24:3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;
2Ki 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.
2Ch 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2Ch 33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
2Ch 33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
2Ch 33:4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever.
All these verses speak of particularly heinous sins that God said he would not pardon. Manasseh profaned the temple of God, even as we are profaning our temples with the injection of alien dna into our bloodstreams, without even asking the Lord if we should of done that or not. When most Christian men are addicted to pornography, we are profaning the temple. When we allow our kids to be exposed to the groomers and deviants in schools, we are defiling them.
It was a process. They did not relinquish God overnight. Even after seeing what happened to their cousins in the northern kingdom, after enough years went by, that lesson was totally lost. The place where God was became alien to them. Is our prayer closet a strange place to us? Have we stood by and pretended that perpetual murder is not taking place all around us? I know that there is very little any one person can do to stem the tide of blood in the natural. Yet let us use scriptures like these to once and for all do all that we can in our prayer closets to battle this ocean of blood that our children are drowning in with the weapons of warfare that are not carnal, but mighty in God.
Jer 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
This passage in Psalms sheds some light on this verse:
Psa 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
Psa 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
We must be careful to not drag the remnant of our Canaanite practices with us as we enter into our inheritance. Baal is sometimes spoken of as accepting the same detestable practice of child sacrifice as Moloch, who was most known for this.
Who would of thought that the modern, sophisticated, tech savvy west would end up engaging in even worse practices? We harvest organs from fetuses that are delivered alive. We practise vivisection on our children! We also send them to places where they are told that it’s perfectly normal and a good thing to cut off their genitals. Somehow I think that even Judah’s stiff necked inhabitants would blush and recoil in horror over what we Christians allow in our lands today.
The final thought is don’t ever even think of going to the place where you say God told you to do something when the word clearly forbids it. In this case, it was not like they were breaking a specific command against burning children in the fire so much as ignoring the plain meaning of do not murder. Perhaps they thought it was ok because I remember reading somewhere that some rabbis had decided that a child is not really viable until it reaches 30 days old, most likely due to high infant mortality rates. Maybe they thought if they burnt it alive before its 30th day, then it wasn’t really murder. Sort of like saying that until a child actually comes out of the womb, it’s not really a person, just a collection of cells. This is why evolution was so relentlessly taught in our schools. We are all accidents. Embryos of all mammals sort of look the same (they do not, that was a lie in the science textbooks, still believed today). Thus, you’re just getting rid of a blob of cells. Nothing to see here.
Dear God, I shudder to think of all that innocent blood, crying our for justice, like the blood of Abel of old.
Jer 19:6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
The word for Tophet comes from a root word meaning drum, or tabret. To strike, like the noise made when drums and tabrets are smitten. The drums would be played to drown our the screams of the children being burnt alive. We do the same, when we say we don’t want to hear about what they’re teaching our kids in school. About the real agenda behind the jab. About election fraud. About anything unpleasant. Put in those earbuds, turn up the podcast, shut the truth out.
God was going to name the place correctly. How often today’s’ dystopian nightmarish world engages in newspeak. We have changed the meaning of so many words to hide the atrocity within. Pride, which is one of the worst sins, is used to try to represent abomination as something wonderful. Same with the rainbow. Woke actually means blinded. Racist actually means fair and just. Misinformation, disinformation, malinformation all mean truth tellers. Vaccine actually means poisoning. Vaccination does not mean immunization, but compliance. You can’t even listen to any news story on the mainstream anymore, as so many now lie as a matter of course. They have completely forgotten how to tell the truth in even one sentence. They are incapable of telling you anything real. It is performing an act of self harm to allow any of their words to enter your mind.
Jer 19:7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
Jer 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing (derision); every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished (stunned, stupefied) and hiss (to be shrill, to scorn) because of all the plagues (pestilence, carnage) thereof.
Here we go again. It almost is becoming a broken record. In slightly different words, perhaps adding one little new nuance, God is still trying to shout through the deafness. All the experts’ opinions will be worthless. It is like listening to news analysts today. Even in the alternative media sphere. They are trying to explain the inexplicable. Nothing makes sense in the natural. Only through the eyes of divine mishpat can we begin to comprehend what is really going on.
God will cause all these bad things. He will not fight on Judah’s side. They will be given over to their enemies. Jerusalem will be destroyed. Others will observe and be stunned as to how much carnage will be wrought in this place.
We are in the midst of Israel’s latest war, that has now been going on for almost 4 months. What seems obviously different this time is that God is not giving them a quick, miraculous victory like he did in 1967 and 1973. God’s mishpat has a purpose that seems to be more in line with Jeremiah than with the grand stories of deliverance that Jehoshaphat and Hezekiah experienced. I believe God is bringing Israel to its knees in this end times, as we all know that at the very end, all Israel shall be saved. But to get these stubborn Jews to that point will perhaps require mega doses of Jeremiah like treatment.
Jer 19:9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness (confinement, anguish), wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten (oppress, compress, distress) them.
Here is one of the few judgments that has not yet come upon us. Hunger and poverty so bad that you will literally eat one another. Yet we see the spirit of this prophecy completely fulfilled in 2020 onwards. How many betrayed their neighbour, ratting them out during lockdowns for having 6 people at their house instead of the allowable 5. The vaxxed persecuting and spewing vile hatred on the unvaxxed. In the tribulation, it’s not our enemies but those close to us who may deal the most devastating blows to us through betrayal. Fear and panic does strange things to a person’s moral compass.
Were we not in anguish when we were compressed into our homes? Confined to our city, or maybe to a 5 km area from our home. Being tracked and traced. The mental torment that put on people. And that was only a practice run.
Jer 19:10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,
What a spectacular visual demonstration of the true word of the Lord. God will try different ways of reaching mankind. Perhaps a picture may speak where words are no more being heard.
I will never forget that day of prayer in Washington in October of 2020, when the featured preacher broke the large pottery jug, in replication of this very verse, crying out against the sin in the land. You could literally feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, even through the internet. It seemed to of been a sacred moment. Yet at the end of the day it was all ruined by a lunatic false prophet taking the stage and immediately prophesying deliverance, victory, prosperity, and every other loathsome lie he could conjure. Immediately the crowd went wild. That was more like it! That was the stuff they were used to, not this braking of dishes stuff.
Woe, woe, woe to America! You are about to be shattered, just like the potter’s jug.
Jer 19:11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
Jer 19:12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
Jer 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
The terrible truth of what just occurred is what this little drama was supposed to represent. Not only would Jerusalem and all its people be broken, but broken in such a way that it would never be able to be repaired. Some would interpret this as Jerusalem never rising again, which is obviously false. Others would say that it would never be reformed to its former glory, which may be true so far, but won’t be in the Millenium. The most likely interpretation is that this particular version of Jerusalem could not be saved or repaired. Judah would never regain their former glory in this age. Just like the west, who have now squandered their hard fought rights and freedoms forever.
The bill for the sins of Manasseh had finally reached their due date. Payment was imminent. The judgment was now set. Unlike previous passages where the possibility of salvation still existed, that time had come and gone. You defy God long enough, eventually you or your offspring shall pay. Are not our offspring paying a terrible price today, having to try and grow up in such a sin soaked culture, that is relentlessly pursuing each and every one of them until they bow to the rainbow and the alphabet people, to eco madness and every other sort of lie imaginable.
The end result is death. Yet death of a totally unusual, unheard of, and unseen nature. As they sacrificed countless children to the devil, ignoring their screams of agony, so God would do to the entire nation. Do not count on divine repentance once the screams start. If Judah was held to account for their wickedness, how much more the people of God who have had the entire scripture for many hundreds of years to show us how to live and what to do. All people, all property shall be made as the abortion clinic, a place where babies were dumped by the barrel full as so much garbage to be taken away and liquidated.
Jer 19:14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD’S house; and said to all the people,
Now God specifically sends Jeremiah to the entire nation, not just its movers and shakers. May God find us eagerly engaging in shama when he speaks to us today.
Jer 19:15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.
Jeremiah gives the crowd the reader’s digest version of all that God has been telling him to speak. Even after such an intense task, God does not tell him to take the rest of the day off. We are to be like those servants in Jesus’ parable where after they have worked all day and saw to every need of the master, did not expect thanks, but simply acknowledged that they were unworthy servants, and have only done what they were supposed to do (Lk 17:7-10).
The next chapter lets us know that the room temperature has been a little bit too comfortable for the man of God. God is about to turn up the heat in his life. He had already warned him that if he was complaining about striving with evil men, wait til the horses showed up!
Even as God takes us from glory to glory, so he does it by taking us from trial to trial, often increasing in intensity as he tries to smelt out all that dross that so tarnishes the image of Jesus that he is trying to bring out. Let us continue to follow Jeremiah, and see just what is in store for the truly obedient child of God.
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