Jeremiah (Notes on Chapter 14)

People in Central Illinois can relate to droughts, but the drought that Judah experienced was directly connected to their sinful life. Our droughts may or may not be connected to the Lord’s judgment; the Lord has not made clear to us whether this is the case. With Judah, He made it clear (4:7; 3:24-26). A drought for day-laborers was much harder than that which we experience (14:1-6). Though Jeremiah appeals to the Lord to give them relief, the Lord said He will not do so and, in fact, the Lord said to Jeremiah that he is not to appeal to Him for the people while they suffer through this drought (14:7-12). Jeremiah appeals to the Lord concerning that which the other prophets are speaking; when Jeremiah put culpability squarely on the people, the false prophets were denying this in their preaching (14:13-17). The Lord, however, did not excusing the people for the work and message of the false prophets because, ultimately, the people were responsible to the Lord for these false teachers continuing. The people prayed for rain, but the Lord would not give the rain. On the other hand, His tears flowed as a result of their rebellion (14:17-18). Judah looked upward and wondered if the Lord abandoned them (14:19-22), and in the next chapter the Lord said they had passed the point of no return (as a nation).