There are quite a number of lessons to be learned from these chapters. First, the Lord can and has used nations that have sprung up but for a short time to bring established nations (Assyria and Judah, just to name two) to their end. From this we learn the Lord is beholden to no peoples if His will is rejected. Second, it does not matter that the positive economic policy of the king (governmental leader) or the popularity of the king has with the people. If the Lord is against the king, the king (government) will fall and so will his subjects. Third, God’s preachers and servants walk, many times, a lonely road. As one looks about him (or her) there is much popularity and fanfare with religious entities that seems to grow by leaps and bounds. It was this way in Jeremiah’s day and it is this way in our day as well. Jeremiah could have easily given thought to “What am I doing wrong that all these people are flocking to these groups who are not teaching the Lord’s way in its purity?” Jeremiah could have thought this and been greatly discouraged. The Lord, however, is less interested in great gatherings than He is with the faithful preaching, teaching, and living of His word. God’s servants must find their comfort and confidence in God’s word. Of course, God’s servants don’t need to be deceived in thinking they are doing right when, in fact, they are not. There are a great many people who think they are faithful to the Lord when they are not, and this because they have substituted a “thus saith the Lord” with a “this is what I think.” If any man is going to speak anything of God, let him speak only that which God said (1 Peter 4:11; Isaiah 8:20); to speak or do more than what the Lord said is to move into the area of presumption—and that is never a good place to be.