April 24, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Jeremiah 22-26
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Context: Chapter 22 pronounces judgment on the wealthy that have used their wealth on themselves and not to the Lord's purpose. The Lord also pronounced judgment on the sons of Josiah for turning away from the Lord and refusing to listen to Him. For that, their punishment would be severe. Following these harsh pronouncements comes a ray of sunlight in the darkness. God has not forgotten His people. They will not be held captive forever. They will be restored to Israel. Chapter 25 occurs nearly 20 years before the previous chapter (Jeremiah in NOT arranged chronologically). It foretells of Babylon conquering Judah and the Israelites being captives for 70 years. In chapter 26, Jeremiah is threatened with death for prophesying against Judah. Jeremiah was the only true prophet of the Lord at this time. There were others who were considered prophets but they did not speak for the Lord and were prophesying peace. The temple priests support these false prophets over the Lord's true prophet, Jeremiah.