Jeremiah 39-52 - Overview

Jim Watt jmbetter at
Mon Apr 13 11:48:12 PDT 2009


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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   *JEREMIAH 39-52 - OVERVIEW - T3201R*


“(in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and he
besieged it; 2 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the
ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city).” *You, O God, call
the things that are *not*, as though they *were* (Romans 4:17)! You count
Jerusalem as fallen, when as yet she was but besieged! You did the same for
Samaria, the capital of Israel over 100 years before. *What a God you are*!
No other god can do such things! *Hallowed be your :name.*

 *2. 42:40 (40-42) HYPOCRISY IN THE REMNANT. “For you have dealt deceitfully
against your own souls; for you sent me unto Jehovah your God, saying, Pray
for us unto Jehovah our God; and according unto all that Jehovah our God
shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it.” *Father; turn us from
this evil way of lying in our hearts, especially to You. Take the sin of
Ananias and Sapphira out of our hearts! *Your :kingdom come.*

 *3. 44:29-30a (43-44) JUDGMENT ON THE REMNANT. “And this shall be the sign
unto you, says Jehovah, that I will punish you in this place, that you may
know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil: 30 Thus says
Jehovah, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of
his enemies.” *Father, Your ways are just, and for our good, even as a
father chastises his son! *Your :will be done, As in heaven, so on earth.*

 *4. 45:1a (45) WORD TO BARUCH. “The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke
unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the
mouth of Jeremiah.” *How gracious Your ways, O Father! Just as You saved Lot
from Sodom, so You preserved Baruch in the midst of judgment! *Our :daily
:bread Give us this day.*

 *5. 48:11 (46-48) THREE PROPHECIES UPON GENTILE NATIONS. “Moab has been at
ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been
emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity: therefore
his taste remains in him, and his smell is not changed.” *Father, we see the
absolute necessity of asking for suffering. Teach us the wisdom of
Colossians 1:24. Teach us the wisdom of Job! *And forgive us our :debts, As
we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

Redeemer is strong; Jehovah of hosts is his name: he will thoroughly plead
their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, and disquiet the
inhabitants of Babylon.” *Father, we trust You in Your judgments. You judge
us lightly according to Your mercy, using heathen nations to work Your
purposes. Then You judge in justice those who over-judge us! *And bring us
not into temptation.*

 *7. 52:3b-4 (52) JERUSALEM OVERTHROWN. “And Zedekiah rebelled against the
king of Babylon. 4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in
the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against
it; and they built forts against it round about.” *Father, You are the God
who calls the things that are not as though they were! Jerusalem besieged,
was as good as Jerusalem fallen! *But deliver us from the evil one.*

 *NOTE**: *What a difficult assignment the LORD gave Jeremiah. No wonder in
chapter one he sought to get out of it. He felt like Moses when God called
him to deliver Israel from Egypt. But the Lord in both cases was *adamant*!
He *knew* His prophet, for as God, His predestinating choices were based on
His foreknowledge. Throughout all the Bible prophets, we find our God as the
One who knows all things before they come to pass. He is the God of
eternity! He and His Son are the *same* yesterday, today and forever. He is
the God of the past, the present and the future. His very Name Jehovah is
comprised from the three tenses of the verb “to be.” See Ye-h*o*V*A*H: the
“Ye” stands for He who always will be; “h*o*” is the present participle, He
who always *is**; “*V*A*H” is the past tense, He who *was*. Yahweh does not
express this. (See the introduction of “Newberry's Reference Bible” for a
deeper discussion on this.)

 Jesus was born Son of Man” by the virgin Mary. Mary is not the mother of
God - she is Mary the mother of Jesus as Son of Man after the flesh. It is
true, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself. And 3 times God
the Father audibly proclaimed from heaven His approval of Jesus the Son of
Man. And following His successful Atoning Death for our Redemption, and
following His Resurrection and Ascension, God proclaimed Jesus the Son of
Man as Lord and Christ. “Lord” in Greek is “KUri-os,” and is parallel to
Jehovah (Ye-h*o*V*A*H) in Hebrew.

 Before Abraham was, Jesus as Son of God was “I AM!” Does any man have full
understanding of the “Mystery” of the Godhead, and the “Mystery” of Christ's
Incarnation?” Probably not. I must confess, I await either arrival in heaven
or the Resurrection, to fully understand these “mysteries.”

 God reserved for the apostle Paul the privilege of unveiling the “mystery”
of the “One New Man,” and some 20 other “mysteries” unveiled in the New
Testament. Jeremiah in chapter 31 tells the mystery of the New Covenant, and
how greatly it supersedes the Old Covenant. Peter acknowledges that Paul's
unveiling of these mysteries was difficult to understand, and the unlearned
“wrested” them to their own destruction.

 And yet - it was not really Paul unveiling these mysteries. It was the
“Lord Jesus” Himself who used Paul as His channel to finish up what He
started through the four Gospels!

 Joshua in the Old Testament is a “type” of Jesus to come. His name means
“Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus in Hebrew is “YeSHUa” - “Jesus the Savior.”
What Joshua did in bringing the 12 tribes into Canaan and conquering 7
nations each greater than Israel, in 7 years, is a “type” of what Jesus, the
*greater* Joshua, has done in fulfilling Jeremiah 31, in the New Covenant.
By His Atoning Death, the Holy Spirit came 50 days later, and makes
*vital*the Atonement, and fulfills Jeremiah 31.
*This* is the Kingdom of God realized. The Kingdom of God is not the law of
the Old Covenant. It is “righteousness, peace and joy in the *Holy Spirit*.

 Repent, said John the Baptist and Jesus at the beginning of their
respective ministries - for “The Kingdom of God”, the “New Covenant in the
Holy Spirit” - is *at hand*.

 The “Mysteries” Jesus unveiled through Paul in the New Covenant, were only
mysteries in the Old Testament. God all along intended in the New Testament
to reveal these mysteries through His chosen apostle. Soon we will
*all*understand these things more clearly. Even Paul confessed that
*now*, in these New Testament times, we *still* see through a glass darkly
(1 Corinthians 13) - but at the Resurrection, at the Feast of Tabernacles
fulfilled, we will see face to face.

 I look forward to that day. I too with Paul and you now see through a glass
darkly. But *then* - at that day - face to face. *Then* will we *know*, even
as we are *known*! Then Jeremiah will fully realize the meaning of those
prophesies and mysteries God gave him in his day, that would not be revealed
until the Kingdom of God came through Jesus in His death, burial,
resurrection, ascension - and with the Father pouring out on His church the
Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

 So - this Kingdom Age of the Church - the One New Man - is *itself* not the
final answer. It awaits the return of Jesus the Messiah as Lord of lords and
King of kings at the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Millennial resurrection
of the earth, with *all* nations coming up to Jerusalem annually at the
Feast of Tabernacles to honor God in Jesus, the one of the tribe of Judah -
a Jew - and yet the Son of God. And - His 12 apostles shall then sit on 12
thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel. What a shock to the Hitlers,
Stalins, Kings and rulers who have said - “We will not have *this Man to
rule over us!*” In that day *every knee* shall bow and *every
tongue*confess Jesus as Lord of lords and King of kings to God the
Father's glory!
Amen! So let it be!

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