Jeremiah 23

Jeremiah 23

1 Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith Jehovah.

2 Therefore thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, against the shepherds that feed my people: Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith Jehovah.

Israel has not had good shepherds that have taken care of Israel.

But, that is about to change.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be lacking, saith Jehovah.

This is the Ezekiel Tetrad. Or, maybe I should say that this is the immediate aftermath. Gog and Magog has come and been destroyed, and they have nothing left to fear.

But, what happens with this next verse?

Is this something new? Or, is it something that’s already happened?

5 Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

I think that it should be pretty clear who… no, Who… this is. That’s right. This is Jesus who even as we speak execute justice and righteousness, and when Israel joins with Christ, Jesus will also rule in Israel.

6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.

I think that verse 6 is a ‘trick verse’. Unless you knew that Jesus was the righteous Branch, you would be puzzled. And, of course, our righteousness can be in no other than Jesus.

But, Jesus died two thousand years ago!

Yes. And, He was resurrected, and lives forever as our intercessor before God, our Father.

And so, while Judah has not been saved as yet, there is plenty of time because Jesus lives forever!

The ‘days of Jesus’ have been for more than two thousand years.

7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that they shall no more say, As Jehovah liveth, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

8 but, As Jehovah liveth, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries whither I had driven them. And they shall dwell in their own land.

Do you think that maybe this prophecy in verse 8 has been fulfilled?

I think so too.

However, the sin of Judah during the time of Jeremiah was so great that the Lord needs to be back to talking about it.

9 Concerning the prophets. My heart within me is broken, all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of Jehovah, and because of his holy words.

10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. And their course is evil, and their might is not right;

And, so it goes….

Here are a few verses in this chapter that jump out at me.

17 They say continually unto them that despise me, Jehovah hath said, Ye shall have peace; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you.

Think a moment about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine. Isn’t that a doctrine that tells you that “Ye shall have peace”?

And then, the Lord says in this verse:

20 The anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly.

I think that the time has come to understand all of these things perfectly. (Although, who knows? Maybe our civilization crashes all the way back to the iron age, resetting the clock for the last days.

It could happen, but I don’t think so. Too many prophecies have been fulfilled. Way too many.

But… I’ve been wrong before.

39 therefore, behold, I will utterly forget you, and I will cast you off, and the city that I gave unto you and to your fathers, away from my presence:

And the Lord has done this, right?

Yeah. In spades!

40 and I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

But, I think that we are about to see ‘everlasting’ is going to be fulfilled soon, and there will be no more reproach upon Israel.

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