13 - 16 July 2015 Milton Goh's Bible Study Notes Online - Old Testament - The Book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah 1:19 - With God on your side, you will go through the trials and emerge victorious!
"They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”" (Jeremiah 1:19)
Jeremiah 2:35 - God resists those who are self-righteous who refuse to admit their errors, but He forgives those who repent and submit to Him.
Yet you say, ‘Because I am innocent, Surely His anger shall turn from me.’ Behold, I will plead My case against you, Because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’ (Jeremiah 2:35)
Jeremiah 7:11 - This mirrors what Jesus said when the merchants were desecrating the Temple.
"Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD." (Jeremiah 7:11)
Jeremiah 7:18 - There is no 'queen of heaven'. She is a false god. This is one of the errors that the Catholic Church is guilty of by worshipping the Virgin Mary. She, like us, needs the perfect forgiveness of God through accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior too.
"The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger." (Jeremiah 7:18)
Jeremiah 7:25-27 - God could have easily destroyed Israel completely seeing them descend into her complete sinfulness, but He has sent prophet after prophet to turn them back to Him. In the same way, our Heavenly Father is incredibly patient and loving towards us, not willing that any of us should perish.
"Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. “Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you. (Jeremiah 7:25-27)
Jeremiah 9:23-24 - The only thing worth glorying in is that we know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and because we know Him, we continually receive God's loving-kindness!
"Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD." (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Jeremiah 10:3-5 - Idols made by men can neither harm us nor help us. They are not alive. Do not worship them though, it opens spiritual doors for religious demons to attack.
"For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.”" (Jeremiah 10:3-5)
Jeremiah 12:7 - God has a soul.
""I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies." (Jeremiah 12:7)
Jeremiah 17:5-8 - If you are under the Law, you're cursed. If you're under grace, you're blessed and enjoy unceasing fruitfulness.
"Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit." (Jeremiah 17:5-8)
Jeremiah 18:4-10 -God is the ultimate creator. He can speak a word and a person can be cast down to shame, and He can also speak a word to raise a person up to a place of honor.
"And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it." (Jeremiah 18:4-10)
Jeremiah 20:1-6 - God changed Pashhur's ("One who tears the linen in pieces") name to Magor-Missabib ("terror from every side"). A given name and a change of name impacts a person's life.
"Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD. And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The LORD has not called your name Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib. For thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword. Moreover I will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and carry them to Babylon. And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’"" (Jeremiah 20:1-6)
Jeremiah 20:11 - When we know that our mighty and awesome God is on our side, people who persecute us will never prevail nor prosper in their efforts.
"“But the LORD is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.”" (Jeremiah 20:11 NKJV)
Jeremiah 21:8-10 - God is very merciful. Even right before the tragedy strikes, He still gives the people of Israel a choice to live. God always gives us a choice: to choose life, or to choose death. He doesn't rob us of the gift of free will.
"““Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him. For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the LORD. “It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.” ’"" (Jeremiah 21:8-10 NKJV)
Jeremiah 23:4 - When we sit under anointed pastors' teachings, we will not fear, nor be dismayed, nor be lacking.
"“I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD."" (Jeremiah 23:4 NKJV)
Jeremiah 23:5-6 - A prophecy of Jesus. Jesus is our righteousness. Our righteousness is not by works or self-efforts, but it is by receiving it by faith.
"““Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”" (Jeremiah 23:5-6 NKJV)
Jeremiah 25:9-11 - God calls Nebuchadnezzar His servant. Even the wicked are unknowingly subject to God's sovereign will. God is in control. Jerusalem and Judah were in captivity by the King of Babylon for seventy years.
"“behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the LORD, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”" (Jeremiah 25:9-11 NKJV)
Zedekiah means "Justice of the Lord".
Jehoiakim means "Raised by the Lord".
Hananiah means "The Lord is Gracious".
Jeconiah means "The Lord establishes".
Jeremiah means "The Lord has uplifted".
Jeremiah 29:8-9 - Not all dreams are from God. Beware of false prophets.
"“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the LORD.”" (Jeremiah 29:8-9 NKJV)
Jeremiah 29:11-13 - Despite the sinfulness of Jerusalem and Judah, God still loved them, and prepared a blessed future for them. How much more blessed will He prepare our future, now that we are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus? Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes When we call upon Him, pray to Him, God hears us. When we seek Him we will find Him if we do it sincerely.
"“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”" (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV)
Shemaiah means "heard by The Lord".
Jehoiada means "The Lord knows".
Zephaniah means "The Lord has hidden".
Jeremiah 31:2 - When God gives rest through giving His grace - the undeserved, unmerited, unearned favor of God. When you're living by grace, you're enjoying God's rest.
"“Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness— Israel, when I went to give him rest.””" (Jeremiah 31:2 NKJV)
Jeremiah 31:3-4 - God's love for us is unending. He keeps drawing us to Him with His goodness and love. When we receive His love, we will be built up, adorned, and we shall rejoice!
"“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.”" (Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV)
Ephraim means "fruitful".
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - God is talking about the New Covenant of Grace that we are now under. We are forgiven of all our iniquities and God does not remember our sins anymore, once we have receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
"““Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.””" (Jeremiah 31:31-34 NKJV)
Hanamel means "God is gracious".
Baruch means "blessed".
Chaldeans means "as demons/ as robbers".
Jeremiah 33:3 - If we call to God, He will answer us. He reveals to us His knowledge which cannot be known in the natural.
"“‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”" (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
Jeremiah 33:6-9 - God's promises to Israel are also for us to receive. We are promised health and healing, an abundance of peace and truth, forgiveness of all our sins, goodness and prosperity from God.
"“Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’”" (Jeremiah 33:6-9 NKJV)
Jeremiah 34:18-19 - A covenant is established through the shedding of blood.
"“And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it— the princes of Judah, the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf—”" (Jeremiah 34:18-19 NKJV)
Jonadab means "The Lord is bounteous/ The Lord gave spontaneously/ The Lord is noble/liberal".
Josiah means "The Lord supports".
Jeremiah 38:20 - This is the attitude that we should have towards those who have not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior yet. Our plea could be "Please receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior so that it shall be well with you and your soul shall live!"
"“But Jeremiah said, “They shall not deliver you. Please, obey the voice of the LORD which I speak to you. So it shall be well with you, and your soul shall live.”" (Jeremiah 38:20 NKJV)
Jeremiah 39:11-12 - God had given Jeremiah His divine protection, such that King Nebuchadnezzar specially told the captain of the guard to look after Jeremiah and do him no harm. God protects His people from evil.
"“Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, “Take him and look after him, and do him no harm; but do to him just as he says to you.””" (Jeremiah 39:11-12 NKJV)
Ebed-Melech means "Servant of the King"
Jeremiah 39:16-18 - By saving Jeremiah from dying in the dungeon, Ebed-Melech found favor and protection from God. God said that Ebed-Melech had put his trust in Him. The righteous will not be punished together with the unrighteous. The righteous will surely be delivered from harm.
"““Go and speak to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for adversity and not for good, and they shall be performed in that day before you. But I will deliver you in that day,” says the LORD, “and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the LORD.’ ””" (Jeremiah 39:16-18 NKJV)
Gedaliah means "The Lord is great".
Johanan means "The Lord is gracious".
Ishmael means "God listens".
Mizpah means "watchtower".
Jeremiah 44:25-29 - God's words will surely come to pass. There is no way that man can challenge God's words.
"“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: ‘You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, “We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.” You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!’ Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: ‘Behold, I have sworn by My great name,’ says the LORD, ‘that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “The Lord GOD lives.” Behold, I will watch over them for adversity and not for good. And all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end to them. Yet a small number who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah; and all the remnant of Judah, who have gone to the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose words will stand, Mine or theirs. And this shall be a sign to you,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that My words will surely stand against you for adversity.’”" (Jeremiah 44:25-29 NKJV)
Jeremiah 46:28 - God disciplines His people for the purpose of correction, whereas those who are not His people will be destroyed. Now under the new covenant of grace, we are not corrected by sword, famine and disasters, but by the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and guide.
"“Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the LORD, “For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations To which I have driven you, But I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.””" (Jeremiah 46:28 NKJV)
Riblah means "fruitful".
Hamath means "fortification/ fortress".
Jehoiachin means "The Lord establishes / The Lord will establish".
Jeremiah 52:31-34 - King Jehoiachin is an ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was shown grace and favor by Evil-Merodach, the son and successor of Nebuchadnezzar.
"“Now it came to pass in the thirty-seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, that Evil-Merodach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. And he spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon. So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life. And as for his provisions, there was a regular ration given him by the king of Babylon, a portion for each day until the day of his death, all the days of his life.”" (Jeremiah 52:31-34 NKJV)
The prophet Jeremiah was a courageous man, speaking God's word to Jerusalem and Judah without holding any truths back. He suffered great persecution from the Jews and despite that, He carried on speaking God's words for at least 40 years, pleading Jerusalem and Judah to repent of their spiritual adultery of worshipping foreign gods, and warning them of the impending destruction of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He did so in love, and sorrowfully. His dedication to God and His people is extremely admirable, and it inspires me to continue to persevere in sharing God's word to the people around us. It also encourages me to step into the fullness of God's great plan and destiny for my life.
"The fall of Jerusalem comes nearly nine hundred years after the original covenant between God and the Israelites in the Sinai desert (Exodus 24:1–18). Such an extended period of time witnesses to God’s great patience and mercy, allowing His people the opportunity to turn from their sinful ways—a lifestyle they began not long after they struck the original covenant with God (32:1–35)."
Quoted from: http://www.insight.org/resources/bible/jeremiah.html#sthash.ymJGXVBS.dpuf
Great notes on The Book of Jeremiah: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/747-marvelous-book-of-jeremiah-the
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