NOTES ON JEREMIAH 26

The first 25 chapters of Jeremiah are the words of the prophet calling on Judah to repent, or suffer the planned doom the Lord has prepared. In this chapter and the ones following, the tone is more narrative than sermonic. Additionally, in this chapter, we have Jeremiah’s preaching and the people’s response. In fact, there are a great many who think the words of C-7 are connected with this chapter. In other words, as Jeremiah preached against the people’s loyalty to the Temple (rather than the Lord), they took strong exception to Jeremiah’s words and arrested God’s prophet. If the connection is successfully made, then we have what occurred (in brief) after he preached. A summary of the chapter is as follows: Jeremiah was told to preach the Lord’s word, not diminishing a single bit of it (26:2); the Lord had Jeremiah do this in order to get them to change their ways. This continuing theme of Jeremiah also had a continuing response—NO! The response was strong (26:8-9), and when Jeremiah was put on “trial” before those who stood as his judge, he said two things. First, he called upon them to repent so the Lord will relent and, second, “do with me whatever you will, but be sure if you kill me you will bring innocent blood on you” (26:10-15). The remainder of the chapter has two parties standing up in relation to Jeremiah’s trial. One stood up defending Jeremiah’s exoneration, while the other stood up seeking to bring capital punishment against him (26:16-24).

 

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