Jeremiah 25-26

Jeremiah 25-26

Chapter 25: The Last Days: War

Word comes to Jeremiah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, and the first year of Nebuchadnezzar. Because Judah has not hearkened to the prophets, it will be captive in Babylon for seventy years. After these seventy years, the king of Babylon will himself be punished. All nations are made to drink of a cup of wine, become drunk, spew, fall and rise now more. The dead shall not be lamented or buried. These nations that will fall and rise no more will be a result of wars in the last days.

The Lord sends his servants “…the prophets…but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.” (Jeremiah 25:4)

Chapter 26: Not worthy of death

Word comes to Jeremiah in the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim. Jeremiah makes a call to repentance in the court of the temple. The priests and people take objection to this, but the memory of Micah, who persuades Hezekiah to repent, stays their hands. Jeremiah is protected by Ahikam the son of Shaphan. Another prophet, Urijah, prophesies against the city. He flees to Egypt, but Jehoiakim’s men bring him before the king and slay him.

The prophets speak out to the evil people saying: “Therefore not amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God…” (Jeremiah 26:13) Essentially telling the people that if they repent and do not hurt the messengers of God (the prophets) that God will kindle his anger.

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