Jeremiah – Chapter 20


Verse 1 – Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.

Verse 2 – Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord.

Verse 3 – And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord has not called your name Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib.

Pashhur was the official for maintaining order in the temple. He was also a priest who had pretended to be a prophet. On God’s authority Jeremiah changed Pashhur’s name to Magor-Missabib, meaning “terror all around.”

Verse 4 “For thus says the Lord: ‘Behold I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends, and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword.

Verse 5 – ‘Moreover I will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the king of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and carry them to Babylon.

Verse 6 – ‘And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’ ”

This prophesy happened in 3 waves of invasions by the Babylonians. It was not going to end well with this pretend prophet.

Verse 7 – O Lord, you induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; everyone mocks me.

Verse 8 – For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, “Violence and plunder!” Because the word of the Lord was made to me a reproach and a derision daily.

Verse 9 – Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding back, and I could not.

Whenever Jeremiah decided to quit speaking God’s word, the divine message became a fire down in his spirit that compelled him to get it out.

Sometimes the truth stings. Those who hear it can either get mad and walk away or take it to heart and change. God’s word is always truth. Our own opinion shouldn’t enter into the message unless it lines up with God’s word, and it should. Yes, people will mock you and might even call you a “Jesus freak,” but it shouldn’t change you to lean towards their opinion.

Verse 10 – For I heard many mocking: “Fear on every side!” All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying, “Perhaps he can be induced; then we will prevail against him, and we will take our revenge on him.”

Verse 11 – But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome one. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.

God had promised Jeremiah that He would be with him throughout this entire judgment and would even be protected after captivity.

We too know that “Greater is He in us than he who is in the world!”

Verse 12 – But, O Lord of hosts, You who test the righteous, and see the mind and heart, let me see Your vengeance on them; for I have pleaded my cause before you.

When God gives you a burden for someone or a nation, as God did Jeremiah, there’s not a lot of pleasure in it. To pray for a loved one, is one of the biggest burdens you will ever carry. With every blessing, a burden will come, but you have to see it through. I can promise you, “The blessing will out weigh the burden” you carried. God knows how to take burdens, hardships, and life’s crises, and turn them all around into the biggest blessings you have ever seen!

Verse 13 – Sing to the Lord! For He has delivered the life of the poor from the hands of evildoers.

Verse 14 – Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!

Some scholars seem to think these next verses, including verse 14, were taken out-of-order, because they don’t fit with what Jeremiah just said in verse 13. However, if they were rightly put where they should be, then Jeremiah was feeling so down that he was having a “pity party.”

Verse 15 – Let the man be cursed who brought the news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad.

Verse 16 – And let that man be like the cities which the Lord overthrew, and did not relent; let him hear the cry in the morning and the shouting at noon,

Verse 17 – Because he did not kill me from the womb, that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb always enlarged with me.

Verse 18 – Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?’

Yes, Jeremiah’s message was the judgment and destruction that was coming on Judah, but if the people had listened and repented, there would have been a huge celebration and God’s favor and blessing would have returned. The doom and gloom message of judgment would have been worth it and soon forgotten.

But instead of repentance, the people gave to mocking to prophet, and Jeremiah was hated among the people. Repentance eventually came after 70 years in captivity by the remnant that was left and they returned to their beloved city.

Don’t ever think that your prayers are wasted on people who will never repent because God changed you and He changed me, didn’t He?

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