- The issue between God and his people turned in the question of obedience. How was it brought in 17:19-27 to a single test?
In your Christian obedience are there test issues of this kind, which, although possibly not themselves the most important subject, are the heart of the question of obedience at the time?
- To Jeremiah the condition of the people made the destruction of the kingdom inevitable; yet the destruction seemed to involve the failure of God’s purposes. How does the illustration of the potter throw light on this problem (18:1-12)?
What other lessons about God does it teach? Cf. Rom. 9:20, 21.
- How does 18:13-23 reveal the costliness for Jeremiah of being a more faithful spokesman of the Lord?
Cf. Matt. 10:24, 25, 28-33.
- 17:26. ‘The western foothills’ (‘The Shephelah’, RSV): the lowlands of Palestine between the coastal plain and the higher central hills.
- 18:14. The Hebrew is uncertain, but the meaning is clear. The snows of Lebanon remain, and its streams do not run dry; but God’s people have failed.
- 18:18. ‘The law… will not be lost …’: the people refused to believe that the present order of things would be destroyed.