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Jeremiah, Chapter 16
Family; Funerals; and Festivities, Forbidden to Jeremiah
Because of the evils that threatened his country, the prophet is forbidden to burden himself with a wife and family, nor is he to bear any share in the little joys and sorrows of his neighbors, which were to be forgotten and absorbed in those public calamities.
In this chapter, we see the magnitude of the calamity that was to come upon the Jewish nation. It is illustrated by the prohibitions given to the prophet: not to marry and set up a house of his own (Jer.16:1-4) not to go into the house of mourning (Jer.16:5-7) not go into the house of feasting (Jer.16: 8-9). God is absolutely justified in these severe proceedings against them by because of their great wickedness (Jer.16:10-13). A suggestion is given of mercy in reserve (Jer.16:14-15). Some hopes are given that the punishment of the sin would reform the sinners, and that they would return to God in a way of duty, and so be qualified for His favor (Jer.16:16-21).
Theme: God forbids Jeremiah to marry
The days are becoming increasingly difficult. The nation of Judah is coming to the end of its rope. It seems that it is within ten years of the destruction of Jerusalem at this time.
Prohibitions Given to the Prophet (Jer. 16:1-4)
Jer. 16:1 The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying, (KJV)
The word of the LORD came also unto me . . . this speech is supposed to have been delivered sometime in the reign of Jehoiakim.
Jer. 16:2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place. (KJV)
Jeremiah was told not to marry and have children in Jerusalem, for the city would not stand long enough for a family to be brought up in it (Jer. 16:2-4).
*****God reveals to Jeremiah the horror that was to come. He tells Jeremiah not to get married, and I think the reason is quite clear. After the Babylonian captivity, the fate of the women and children suffered.
Isa.13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. (KJV)
Lam. 5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah. (KJV) Hos. 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. (KJV)
In this place . . . in Judea. The LORD’S command to remain single was to symbolize the calamities coming to the Jews, as so severe that to remain single would be preferable to being married.
Zec. 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women. (KJV)
*****It is not certain whether this chapter is a new revelation, or a continuation of his former prophecy. God commands the prophet to foretell their utter ruin and destruction. First he commanded him not to marry, nor have sons or daughters. He explained this command in Jer. 16:3-4.
Jer. 16:3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; (KJV)
Notice that the text plainly states that God Himself gave these reasons for His forbidding Jeremiah to marry. It would be foolish to raise a family that would be butchered in the appalling slaughter about to be loosed upon the inhabitants of Judah? In this place . . . in this land . . . this is not a reference just to Anathoth or Jerusalem, but to the whole land of Judah.
Jer. 16:4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. (KJV)
They shall die of grievous deaths . . . grievous deaths, deadly diseases (Jer.15:2).
They shall not be lamented . . . not lamented, so many will be killed that none will be left to mourn the dead (Jer.22:18).
But they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth . . . dung (2 Ki.9:37; Ps.83:10; Jer.8:2; Zep.1:17).
And they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine . . . (Jer.14:15; 34:17; 44:12, 27; Eze.5:12).
And their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth . . . (Ps.79:2; Jer.34:20; Isa.18:6; Eze.39:17-20; Rev.19:17-18).
*****God in these verses states the reason why He would not have the prophet marry nor increase relations. In sinful and disastrous times, those who multiply relations, do only multiply sorrows and afflictions to themselves. The apostle Paul in evil times tells the Corinthians that married persons would have trouble in the flesh (1 Cor.7:28); and Christ Jesus pronounced a woe to those that would be with child, and to those that gave suck, at the time when Jerusalem should be besieged (Mat.24:19). God tells the prophet he was determined that the people of this land, both young and old, should die miserable deaths, and die so fast, that there would be none to bury them. They should die by the sword and the famine, and be devoured by the fowls and the beasts; and therefore it was better for Jeremiah to live free from relations, whose miseries he would be as much concerned as for his own affliction.
Prohibited to go into the House of Mourning (Jer. 16:5-7)
Jer. 16:5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness and mercies. (KJV)
For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning . . . the public calamities are far too great to allow individual losses to come into consideration. House of mourning . . . this term is found only in Amos 6:7.
Neither go to lament nor bemoan them . . . do not go to lament or to console them.
For I have taken away my peace from this people . . . for I have withdrawn My lovingkindness and compassion from them. God's peace and covenant blessings had been removed, and death was the consequence. This was God's judgment on the nation; Jeremiah must not mourn for these.
*****God had already taken away the peace of Jerusalem as well as His lovingkindness and mercies, so destruction would soon come upon all the land by the Babylonians who were to fulfill every detail of this stern prophecy of Jer.16:1-13.
Jer. 16:6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them: (KJV)
Both the great and the small would die and not be buried, and men would not lament for them. Nor cut themselves . . . Cutting themselves it was customary to scratch the arms, hands, and face as a token of mourning for the dead, a custom of the heathen forbidden to the Jews (Lev.19:28; Deut.14:1), and which seems to have prevailed among them . . . because, having become idolaters, they conformed to all the customs of the heathen. They tore their hair, rent their garments, cut their hands, arms and faces. These were not only signs of sorrow but were even supposed to give ease to the dead, and appease the angry gods. Some, on the death of a relative, express their grief by loud lamentations, and often bruise themselves in an agony of grief with whatever they can lay hold on.
Nor make themselves bald for them . . . bald is referring to the ritual of shaving the head for the dead (Jer.7:29; Isa.22:12).
*****They tore their hair, rent their garments, cut their hands, arms, and faces. These were not only signs of sorrow but were supposed to give comfort to the dead, and calm down the angry gods. Some, on the death of a relative, express their grief by loud lamentations, and often bruise themselves in an agony of grief with whatever they can lay their hands on.
Jer. 16:7 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. (KJV)
Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead . . . tearing themselves or mutilating their bodies in some way.
Neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother . . . upon the death of a relative the mourners would fast; then, after a while the friends and neighbors would come to comfort them and urge them to eat and drink.
It was the Near Eastern custom for friends to send food and wine (the cup of consolation) to console relatives in mourning feasts.
Prohibited to go into the house of feasting (Jer.16: 8-9)
Jer. 16:8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. (KJV)
Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting . . . funeral banquets were made to commemorate the dead, and comfort the surviving relatives; and the cup of consolation, was a strong mingled wine, and was given to those who were deepest in distress, to distract their minds and to soothe their sorrows. These kinds of ceremonies were common among almost all the nations of the world on funeral occasions.
*****The house of feasting was a place of joyous occasions, like weddings, different from mourning feasts. God is telling Jeremiah to have no more to do with these people whether in mourning or in joyous feasts. This clearly indicates God's total withdrawal from the people of Judah.
Jer. 16:9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. (KJV)
My comment on this verse:
Jer. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. (KJV)
Jer. 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. (KJV)
Eze. 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard. (KJV)
*****And the LORD declares that He laid this ban upon Jeremiah, as a type that his countrymen, by such patience, might understand that God in His wisdom was about to put an end to all their civil mirth in their days.
The termination of such joyful sounds as these not only marked God's judgment of Israel, as indicated here; but the same thing shall also mark the termination of the day of probation for Spiritual Israel. Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (KJV)
The people were here warned to expect the termination of their nation in the near future, within their own times. The LORD was tired of trying to get them to repent!
God Is Justified in These Severe Proceedings,
Because of Their Great Wickedness (Jer.16:10-13).
Jer. 16:10 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? (KJV)
When you shall bring these people all these words, and when you will be observed by these people to refuse marriage, and not to go to the houses of mourners, according to the custom, to eat or to drink with mourners, to make them to forget their sorrows, or to go into the house of feasting for jollity and mirth, and they shall ask the reason for your changed behavior . . . you shall give them the reason for it, just as I have instructed you. They will pretend not to know the reason why their God is so severe with them, saying: what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?
They may think that maybe Manasseh's or Jehoiakim's commanding them to worship idols would excuse them, and leave only their superiors guilty. While there was so much idolatry among them, they could not be ignorant of the abundant cause that God had against them, considering the multiplied threats in the law.
Jer. 16:11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; (KJV)
God visited upon them the iniquities of their fathers. Your fathers have forsaken me, and have not kept my law. They cast off divine institutions and grew weary of them because they thought them too plain, too mean, and then they walked after other gods, whose worship was more gay and self-important; and, being fond of variety and novelty, they served them and worshipped them; and this was the sin which God had said, in the second commandment . . . Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . . He would visit upon their children, who kept up these idolatrous usages, because they received them by tradition from their fathers (1 Pet.1:18).
*****My comment here: Deut.29:24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? (KJV)
1 Ki.9:8-9 And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house? 9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil. (KJV)
Jer. 16:12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: (KJV)
And ye have done worse than your fathers . . . they were worse than their fathers.
Ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart . . . (Gen.6:5; 8:21; Jer.18:12; 23:17). Jer.18:12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. (KJV)
That they may not hearken unto me . . . they have forsaken God, they refuse to listen to Him.
*****God gave the reason for His judgment (Jer.16:11-12).
Nine Sins of Judah in Jeremiah Chapter 16
1. They have forsaken the TRUE God (Jer.16:11).
2. They have walked after other gods.
3. They have served other gods.
4. They have worshiped other gods.
5. They have not kept God’s law.
6. They have done worse than their fathers (Jer.16:12).
7. They have walked after the imaginations of their evil hearts, notlistening to God.
8. They have defiled My land (Jer.16:18).
9. They have filled My inheritance with carcasses of detestable and abominable things.
Jer. 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour. (KJV)
Since they have been so determined to serve other gods, the LORD will force them into captivity, then into service to such gods day and night, without His favor. The purpose of this seems to make them so sick of those vain gods that could not help them in any way, that they would abandon idolatry. It did work out this way to a great degree, for they do not have idols in Israel mentioned as much after the captivities as before. They were not once mentioned by Christ in His ministry, in the four Gospels, or by the apostles in connection with the Jewish people, in Acts and the Epistles. The only reference to them has to do with the practice among the Gentiles (Acts 15:29; 17:16; Rom.2:22; 1Cor.5:11; 6:9; 8:1-10; 10:7, 14, 19, 28; 12:2; 1 Thes.1:9).
An Indication is Given, of Mercy in Reserve (Jer.16:14-15)
Jer. 16:14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; (KJV)
This wonderful Promise of the Restoration of Israel belongs right here where it stands in the Bible. As one pointed out, this movement of throwing in a bright and encouraging prophecy right in the middle of very discouraging and gloomy prophecy agrees with Jeremiah's pattern of writing throughout the prophecy (Jer.3:14, 22).
The thing that confuses some, is the foolish and dangerous rule that denies the validity of this sacred pattern; but the pattern is not only found throughout the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament, where the LORD Jesus prophesied Heaven and Hell in the same verse.
Mat.11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (KJV)
Lk.10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. (KJV)
The pre-exilic prophets sprinkled their denunciations with expectations of a brighter future.
Joel 3:18-21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion. (KJV)
Amos 9:11-15 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. (KJV)
Jer. 16:15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. (KJV)
That brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north . . . this indicates that the second bringing up of Israel from captivity will outshine God's bringing them up from Egypt. But just as this promised deliverance will surpass the earlier one, so much more dreadful will the affliction of Israel be in the projected second captivity.
*****Jer.16:14-15. In this dark moment in Judah's history, God let Jeremiah see a brilliant future. It is as if he looks down the dark tunnel of the future and sees the light at the other end. It is interesting that this theme recurs throughout the writings of the prophets. It never got so dark but where the prophets did not see the light that was coming, and the darker the night was, the brighter the light appeared to be. God says the day is coming when He will bring them back from captivity, back home to their own land.
Hopes that the punishment of sin would reform the sinners, and that
They would return to God, to qualify for His favor (Jer.16:16-21).
Jer. 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. (KJV)
Just as many fishers and hunters soon catch all the fish and slay all the animals in places which are not replenished, so the angels and Gentiles will find all the Jews on Earth and send them back to their own land to become an eternal nation under the Messiah (Isa.11:10-12; 49:18; 60:4; 66:19-21; Mat.24:31). The fishers and hunters in this Passage are symbols used to describe the carefulness and completeness of the Babylonian destruction of apostate Israel. All of the sinful people will be flushed out of their hiding places, and none shall escape.
*****Some make these words a Promise, either of God's restoration of this people, and making use of Cyrus, who, as a fisherman or huntsman, for his proclamation drew the Jews out of all parts of his dominions, to return to Jerusalem; or of the calling of God's elect by the apostles, who were God's fishermen, and went up and down preaching the Gospel in all places; yet the next verse guides us to interpret it as a threat, and by these fishermen and huntsmen to understand all those enemies whom God made use of to destroy these Jews, hunting them out of all holes and undergrowth where ever they should try to run and take sanctuary.
Jer. 16:17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. (KJV)
God is so righteous and pure that He cannot observe iniquity in any way, in anyone! He cannot and will not approve of any sin! Even though He is loving, merciful and patient, yet He will punish evil-doers; for His Eyes SEE them, and their sins are wide open in His sight, and He especially observes people's actions, that He may render unto every one according to his works (Pro.24:12; Mat.16:27; 2 Cor.11:15; 2 Tim.4:14).
Jer. 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things. (KJV)
Before I will restore them, and return in My usual favor to them, I will punish them for their ways which I have seen, which are ways of iniquity, and I will abundantly punish them; because by their idolatry, blood, cruelty and other sins, they have defiled the land which I own, and which I have given them; and have filled that country which I have chosen for and named My inheritance with their abominable things, meaning their vile practices, or unclean beasts offered to their idols in sacrifices, or innocent persons slain by them.
*****God's first work in the restoration of eternal Israel is to punish them double for their sins, making them sick of those sins, so they will be willing to turn to Him with a whole heart (Jer.3:10; 24:7; 32:41). This will be fully accomplished in the future Tribulation when two-thirds will be destroyed, leaving the one-third to be willing to accept Christ as the Messiah, repent and turn to God (Zec.12:10; 13:1,9; 14:1-15; Rom.11:25-29; Rev.9:15, 18).
Jer. 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. (KJV)
O LORD, You are my strength and my stronghold. You are my refuge in the day of weakness. To You the nations shall come from the ends of the Earth and say, Surely our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, falsehood and vanity, and in none of these vain things, is there any value.
The prophet hearing God's judgment, before He showed this people any mercy, to be avenged on them for their sins, leaves off speaking to him about that argument; but appeals to God for mercy for himself, and to confirm his faith in Him, gives the LORD Names best suited to his hopes in Him, and which might proclaim his faith in Him for obtaining favor from Him in an evil day. Jeremiah comforts himself with the thoughts of the good days that were to come, when not only the Jews would again be restored to their country, but the Gentiles also from all parts of the world, whom also many of the Jews would accompany, would trust themselves to God, confessing that both they and their fathers, in their worshipping dumb idols, had but inherited lies and vanity, and things that could not profit.
Three things the LORD is in the day of affliction:
1. My strength. 2. My stronghold. 3. My refuge.
The Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the Earth. It is clear that in their books, many of the prophets spoke of the Gentiles as being blessed with Israel in the day of their final restoration under the Messiah (Isa.11:10; 42:1, 6; 49:6, 22; 54:3; 60:3-5, 11,
16; 61:6-9; 62:2; 66:12, 19; Mal. 1:11, Gal.3:26-29).
Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. The
Gentiles as well as the Israelites will finally have to acknowledge that their fathers led them astray regarding things of no profit and in the serving of idols (Rom. 1:18-32). They Gentiles will get to know the LORD as well as Israel (Jer. 16:21).
The Gentiles shall come . . . Even the days shall come when the Gentiles themselves, shall be ashamed of their confidence, shall renounce their idols, and acknowledge that their fathers had believed lies, and worshipped vanities. This may be a prediction of the calling of the Gentiles by the Gospel of Christ; if so, it is a light amidst much darkness. In such dismal accounts there is need of some gracious promise relative to an amended state of the world.
Jer. 16:20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? (KJV)
Shall a man make gods unto himself? . . . can anyone be so stupid, and so outrageously absurd? Yes, fallen man is capable of anything that is base, mean, vile and wicked, until influenced and converted by the grace of God. A man is no god himself; so how can he communicate a divine nature, which he himself does not have, to another?
*****Jer.16:19-20. This is a clear prophecy of the Gentiles coming unto the TRUE God, and of their rejection of idolatry, clearly identifying this Passage as a reference to the Messianic Age and the spread of Christianity throughout the world. We can be sure that neither Jeremiah nor the people who heard this message had any understanding of all that was prophetically revealed in such words. One correctly labels these verses, as a Light in the midst of darkness. This Passage makes it a parallel prophecy to Jer.16:14-15.
In such dismal accounts, as we see in this chapter, there is need of gracious Promise of an amended state of the world. This need is the reason for this pattern of Light in the midst of darkness is so commonly followed throughout the God’s Holy Word.
Jer. 16:21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD. (KJV)
Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know . . . Te LORD will not change His purpose. They shall be visited and carried into captivity; nothing shall prevent this. Since they would not receive the abundance of His mercies, they shall know what the TRUE God can do in the way of judgment. Because all the goodness and mercy that God had shown them did not teach them to know Him, His power and might, H will once for all make them to understand it by the dreadful strokes of my vengeance.
I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD . . . they shall know that I am the TRUE and Living God; that I am NOT just one of their vain idols, but One who has His Being from Himself, and gives life and being to all other things, and has all might and power in His Hand, and can do whatever He pleases; and One that will make good whatever He has spoken, whether the words are in a way of a Promise or a threat.
*****This final warning stresses the certainty of the destruction prophesied for Israel; and, as Jer.16:9 stated it, that destruction was something they were to see, for it would occur in their times.
It is my personal opinion that God is going to have to teach America that He is the LORD. With each passing day, immorality and violence gets worse and worse. It seems that America does not know God, nor do they want to know Him. But one day, He will make Himself known, and when that day comes, He is going to lower the boom!
In 1996, we started a small prison ministry, just the LORD, my husband and myself. We have Bible Study Booklets that we offer, to the prisons, and the free world, free of charge. Back then, we would get 6 to 8 letters every day, requesting our literature. I have always answered all letters, and always promptly. Now, we get very few letters requesting the Books. It overwhelms me that people just are not interested in GOD! People are moving farther and farther away for God, walking that broad road of doom the the vast majority are walking. Mat. 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . Are you one of the “few”, walking with Jesus on the narrow road that leads to Heaven? Or are you with the vast multitudes walking that broad, slippery slope with the devil, that leads to the lake of fire (HELL)? Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV) . . . IF you insist on walking the broad road with the devil, you will go where he goes!
Fourteen Predictions . . . Fulfilled:
1. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters will die grievous deaths (Jer. 16:1-4).
2. They will not be lamented (Jer. 16:4, 6).
3. They will not be buried, but be as dung upon the face of the earth.
4. They will be consumed by the sword and famine (Jer. 16:4).
5. Their carcasses will be meat for the fowls of heaven and the beasts of earth.
6. Both the great and small will die in this land (Jer. 16:6).
7. Men will not lament their deaths, cut themselves, make themselves bald, or tear themselves for them in mourning (Jer. 16:6-7).
8. No cup of consolation will be drunk for father or mother (Jer. 16:7).
9. You will not go into the house of feasting to sit with them and eat and drink (Jer. 16:8).
10. I will cause all joy and happiness to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days (Jer. 16:9).
11. Men will question you as to your severe prophecy (Jer. 16:10).
12. You will then tell them that it was because your fathers forsook Me, walked after other gods, served them, worshiped them, and kept not My law (Jer. 16:11).
13. Therefore, I will cast them out of the land into another that they know not (Jer. 16:13).
14. There they will serve other gods day and night, and I will not show them favor (Jer. 16:13).
Eight Predictions . . . Unfulfilled:
1. The days will come when it will no more be said, The LORD liveth that brought the children out of Egypt, but, The LORD liveth that brought Israel from all lands where they dispersed (Jer. 16:14-16).
2. I will bring them again into their land that I gave their fathers (Jer. 16:15).
3. I will send fishers and hunters who will search them out of all places on earth (Jer. 16:16).
4. First, I will recompense their iniquity and double their sin (Jer. 16:18).
5. Gentiles will come unto you from the end of the earth (Jer. 16:19).
6. They will confess that their fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things of no profit.
7. I will cause them to know My hand and My power (Jer. 16:21).
8. They will know that My name is the LORD.
Nine Sins of Judah in Jeremiah Chapter 16
1. They have forsaken Me (Jer. 16:11).
2. They have walked after other gods.
3. They have served them.
4. They have worshiped them.
5. They have not kept My law.
6. They have done worse than their fathers (Jer.16:12).
7. They have walked after the imaginations of their evil hearts so as not to listen to Me.
8. They have defiled My land (Jer.16:18).
9. They have filled My inheritance with carcasses of detestable and abominable things.
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