God spoke to Jeremiah on a personal note. Because of the upheaval that was soon to overtake Judah, Jeremiah was not to marry nor bring children into that wicked world. In many cases, it is better to refrain from having children because of the calamities that would overtake them. That era in Judah’s history was such a time. Jeremiah was also forbidden from partying and feasting with the Judeans. Many times, when confronted with punishment, man in seeking to justify himself will ask, “What have I done?” The prophet was to remind them of their fathers’ sins of forsaking God for other gods and refusing to obey His law. Moreover, He stated, “And you have done worse than your fathers…so that no one listens to Me.” In like manner, God would not listen to their cries. They would be cast out of the land. In order to preserve a pathway for the Savior to come, God would eventually allow Judah to return. It was also prophesied that the Gentiles would come. That did take place hundreds of years later as the gospel of Christ was preached to the Gentiles.
Men who trust other men instead of God were contrasted with those who do trust in the Lord. Judah had trusted in Egypt and other foreign alliances instead of God to deliver them from their enemies. They were like a shrub planted in the parched desert. When the blessings of rain come, they fall elsewhere and the shrub continues to thirst for water. However, the man who does trust in God is like a tree planted by the river. Even without rain, its roots reach out and draw in sufficient water for it to thrive and yield fruit. Man cannot live without God. We must have air, water and food and they all come from Him. Even more important is the salvation of one’s soul. Without God, there is no hope. However, He is longsuffering. Judah was offered another opportunity to repent. If they would keep the Sabbath and the offerings and sacrifices associated with it, He would relent and allow Judah and Jerusalem to remain. BUT they would not hear.