Jeremiah 7 – “The Stubborn People will Perish”

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I. Summary

Yahweh will destroy the temple, exile Judah, and kill the idolaters.

II. Photo

Yahweh silences Jeremiah: “As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry of prayer on their behalf, do not plead with me for I will not listen to you.” (v. 16)

III. Select Verses

2: Stand at the gate of the House of the LORD, and there proclaim this word: Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD!

12, 14-15: Just go to My place at Shiloh, where I had established My name formerly, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel… therefore I will do to the House which bears My name, on which you rely, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, just what I did to Shiloh.  And I will cast you out of My presence as I cast out your brothers, the whole brood of Ephraim.

16: As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry of prayer on their behalf, do not plead with Me; for I will not listen to you.

21-23: Add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat!  For when I freed your fathers from the land of Egypt, I did not speak with them or command them concerning burnt offerings or sacrifice. But this is what I commanded them: Do My bidding, that I may be your God and you may be My people; walk only in the way that I enjoin upon you, that it may go well with you.

24-26: Yet they did not listen or give ear; they followed their own counsels, the willfulness of their evil hearts. They have gone backward, not forward,  from the day your fathers left the land of Egypt until today. And though I kept sending all My servants, the prophets, to them daily and persistently,  they would not listen to Me or give ear. They stiffened their necks, they acted worse than their fathers.

IV. Outline

1-20. Oracle #1

    1. Introduction

    2. Jeremiah must proclaim this message

    3a. Introduction

    3b. Repentance prevents exile

    4. The temple will not save you

    5-7. List of actions that must be stopped

    8-11. Yahweh is not fooled

    12. Example of punishment: Shiloh was destroyed

    13-15. The temple will be destroyed like Shiloh and Judah will be exiled like Ephraim

    16. Jeremiah must not pray for the people

    17-18. Rationale: young and old serve other gods

    19. The people harm themselves

    20. Yahweh’s anger will not be quenched

21-34. Oracle #2

    21a. Introduction

    21b-22. Yahweh did not command sacrifices

    23. Yahweh commanded to follow him

    24-26. Since the beginning the people have not followed

    27. The people will not listen

    28. Confront them on their obstinance

    29. Call to lament

    30-31. Rationale: the people have worshiped incorrectly

    32-33. Valleys of worship will become valleys of carcasses

    34. Judah will be silent


V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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