Because of the words of God (1)Jeremiah 26:1-24ⅠThe eyes of the Lord to the world
There is it in Chapter 26 Verse 1, "In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah"; in his reign, the whole country, including the king, leader of the country, priests and prophets, is full of deceit and is going against the will of God; and the event which can be called its harbinger is treated. Jeremiah was around 40 years old at this time, but it had passed nearly 20 years from the time that he was called as a prophet and began to activity as a prophet. That 20 years was under the reign of Josiah king, and even if it had a variety of anxiety, Judah was yet stable, and the people's faith to God had not been swaying so much. However, when Jehoiakim became king, the situation was completely changed. Work of Jeremiah was tinged with reality, and it began to face the various situation. The articles of below 26:7 areas of from a pretty later, reflects such situation. I do not know why it was inserted here, but at the end of Jehoiakim king, his kingdom reached turbulent times. Because such situations which are not unreasonable to say "the upheaval" are provided many at this area of Jeremiah, maybe, this might have counted in one of them. As for from Chapter 26 to Chapter 35, some Bible scholars are saying that these are the third part of Jeremiah. Let's listen to the message of prophet Jeremiah.
"Thus say the Lord, 'Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, who have come to worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them. Do not omit a word! Pehaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds,' And you will say to them, 'Thus say the Lord, ' "If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law, which I have set before you, to listen to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I have been sending to you again and again, but you have not listened; then I will make this house like Shidon, and this city I will make a curse to all the nations of the earth."'" (2-6)
Would it had been a great festival of Jerusalem temple? Many people had gathered from all over the kingdom. In such a festival, there was a custom that the prophets stood in the garden of the temple, and talked the message to the people. And perhaps, Jeremiah also was telling the message which heard from God, there. It is thought that the message spoken in fact was much longer than the message which was recorded in Verse 4-6. Baruch who wrote this has written some thing in the past, so, he put the most central message in here. Two things have been told, but both were not new messages. It is repentance and curse. However, Jerusalem are cursed, it has a meaning of "the ahead of all countries". "This city I will make a curse to all the nations of the earth" (6) Destruction of Jerusalem, the capital of the kingdom of Judah, it shook even the people of other countries. It is the matter that will be possible in the other countries, and it is not only by the invasion of the Babironiyan army. Because stubborn worship to only God of Judah was known in other countries well widely, it was a threat that they were abandoned from God. Do our own gods will throw away ourselves also? Its potential would have been talked about.
ⅡStand as resolute
"And the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord." (7) And they arrested him. "You must die! Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord saying, 'This house will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate, without inhabitant'?" (8-9)
It will be the state of the trial as follows. In front of the chiefs who rushed (officials = judge of royal palace) and in front of all the people (audience or witness?), priests and prophets charged Jeremiah. "A death sentence for this man! For he has prophesied against this city as you have heard in your hearing." (11) Priests and prophets nominated here, are people (reference 23:9 -32, 27:9-18) who belong to "the false prophets" whom I will touch it mass a later. They were talking about their messages in front of the people on a festival day, too. But compared with that of Jeremiah, their messages were too different too. Surely they would learn fear. Because they heard the message of Jeremiah as "prophecy", it seems that they have known that people had recognized Jeremiah as a real prophet. They also have heard that Jeremiah is talking often in the garden of the temple. However, even if Jeremiah really has told a message from God, they are not able to admit it. We must eliminate him by all means, if not, it will become our ruin. They might have thought so. They antagonized God at that point.
An explanation of Jeremiah begins. "The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard. Now, therefore amend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will change His mind about the misfortune which He has pronounced against you. But as for me, behold, I am in your hands; do with me as in good and right in your sight. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on its inhabitants; for truly the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing." (12-15) When read this explanation, we know that Jeremiah is standing before judges with a whistle-blower resolutely, even though evading the death penalty. It can be seen the pride that he is telling the word of God, even though people say anything, at there. When he was persecuted, and faced the fear of death in many times, the Lord has supported him always. He was convinced that the Lord will be always "walls of bronze for me".
Ⅲ Because of the words of God
Yes, that's right. Judges gave a judgment. "No death sentence for this man! For he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God." (16) Several elders who heard the acquittal quoted words of prophet Micah and added it. "Micha of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hesekiah king of Judah; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, 'Thus the Lord of hosts has said, "Zion will he glowed as a field, and Jerusalem will become ruins, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.'" (18-19) It is the time when a big army of Assyria which destroyed the Northern Kingdom closed in for an attack upon Jerusalem. God had listen to the prayer of Hezekiah, and destroyed the army in overnight (2 Kings Chapter 19). Jeremiah was released, it does not need to say. However, the grudge of whistle-blowers would have been left.
By the way, the officials who rushed from the Royal Palace have acquitted Jeremiah, but will it have been the intention of the king? It did not seem to be so. It seems within the king did not know this incident, officials had cleared up it, and the king heard it as a report after the fact. However, even the king did not possible to extend the hand to Jeremiah who was acquitted once. There, a good report arrived to eliminate the frustration of king. The one who was talking the word of God was not only Jeremiah. It was prophet Uriah. He does not come out on the other places, but had performed prophecy activity similar with Jeremiah. Baruch seems to recognize him as a true prophet. Listen to it, the king is trying to kill Uriah. Uriah ran away to Egypt, but Jehoiakim followed him relentlessly and brought him from Egypt, and he was executed (20-23). Because there is it, "King slew him with a sword", would the king himself have killed him? Fear and anger of the king seems to look. Jeremiah had escaped (24). However, this is just the beginning. Before long, the time of turbulence will visit to Jeremiah and Judah. Will not it be the same as this present age? It will be only a few people to receive words of God, and most people will turn to the enemies of the words of God. Among such, we must stand. Under the similar situation, the apostle John said this, "Because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God" (Apocalypse 20:4). It is necessary to think..