Jeremiah 16:1 – 17:18

  1. Consider how hard it must have been for a man of Jeremiah’s affectionate and sympathetic nature to obey the commands of 16:2, 5 and 8.
    Why did God lay this burden on him?
    What other trials that Jeremiah had to bear are referred to in 17:14-18?
  2. How does the passage illustrate Jeremiah’s oft-repeated statement concerning God’s dealings with his people; ‘I will not make a full end of you’?
    See 4:27; 5:10, 18; 30:11; 46:28. Cf. Ps. 94:14; Rom. 11:1-5.
  3. Contrast, clause by clause, 17:5 and 6 with 17:7 and 8.
    How do verses 9-13 reinforce the certainty of curse or blessing? Examine yourself in the light of this contrast. Cf. Ps. 146.

Notes

  1. 16:6, 7. ‘Mourning customs. Cf. Amos 8:10; 2 Sam. 12:17; Prov. 31:6b.
  2. 17:1, 2. ‘The tablets of their hearts’: i.e., their inmost being. ‘The horns of their altars’: an allusion to their polluted idolatrous sacrifices (cf. Lev. 4:7, 30; and with verse 2, cf. 2:20). ‘Asherah Poles’: probably wooden images of the Canaanite goddess, Asherah.
  3. 17:15. Cf. 2 Pet. 3:3, 4.
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