Verse 1 – “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and pass it over your head and your beard; then take balances to weigh and divide the hair.
Verse 2 – “You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them.
Verse 3 – “You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your garment.
These strands of hair in his garments represented the remnant of faithful people whom God would preserve.
Verse 4 – “Then take some of them again and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for from there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel.
And of the few that are left, was their faithfulness to God genuine? Believe it or not, there are some who only pretend to have a genuine relationship with Christ. They act and say one thing while surrounded by “Christian folk” and live an entirely different life-style in reality. God knows who are His.
Verse 5 – “Thus says the Lord God: ‘This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.
The entire nation of Israel was to be an example to other nations that there was only One True God. They were chosen, by God, to represent Him in all His standards and all His ways. This, they had not done. We too are to represent our King’s principles and standards when we call ourselves by His name – Christian!
Verse 6 – ‘She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that are around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My Statutes.’
According to Deuteronomy 4:7-8, Israel’s covenant obligation to the Lord gained admiration of the nations of the world. If Israel had obeyed these laws, she would have been the light of the world. Instead, she followed the other nations into idol worship of other gods.
Verse 7 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are around you, and have not walked in My statutes, nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you,’
Verse 8 – “therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Indeed I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.
Verse 9 – ‘And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.
Verse 10 – ‘Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the winds.
Jeremiah had warned them that this was going to happen, and it did. Tragically, the Israelites resorted to cannibalism in Jerusalem during the siege. And afterwards, could they live with what they had done? I can’t imagine, being so rebellious and stubborn to God. They would rather eat their own children than turn to God in their hearts, no wonder He called them wicked.
Verse 11 – ‘Therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord God ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity.
Verse 12 – ‘One-third of you shall die of pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Verse 13 – ‘Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be aggrieved; and they shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken in it My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them.
The people learned the hard away that God followed through with His Word. Too many people ignore God’s warnings, treating them as empty threats. We should never make the mistake of thinking God doesn’t mean what He says.
Verse 14 – ‘Moreover I will make you a waste and a reproach among nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by.
Verse 15 – ‘So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the Lord, have spoken.
Verse 16 – ‘When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut off your supply of bread.
Verse 17 – ‘So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the Lord have spoken.’ “