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The unfolding of this chapter occurs approximately 11 years previous to King Zedekiah, whom we studied in the last chapter and who ruled last on David’s throne.
In verse 1, we begin the framing of this chapter with King Jehoahaz, righteous King Josiah’s second son. Jehoahaz was Josiah’s son who ruled first though he was the middle son. I do not know why the eldest was not set on the throne first. I have researched, but to no avail. Jehoahaz was simply chosen … possibly, he was viewed as the most capable or he harped the essential political strings.
Later, when we arrive at verse 18 in this study, you will notice a shift, owning Jehoiakim will be set forth as the subject, Josiah’s eldest son, who ruled after Jehoahaz—Josiah’s second son, who was deposed to Egypt by Pharaoh Neco II or Necho or Nekau. As far as we know, Josiah fathered no righteous heir. Sad for a father who loved the LORD with all his heart.
Many imperial years are expounded upon in this chapter, addressing the last of the kings to rule in the land. No king followed Zedekiah. Christ will be the next and perfect king in David’s lineage.
Remember from our last lesson, Jehoiakim was the eldest, yet ruled second. He, like his brother—King Jehoahaz, was captured and forced to trek to Egypt when Pharaoh Neco decided he had enough of his rulership; 2 Kings chapter 23. Neco had the power, at his hand, to enter the Jerusalem palace and take him by force.
Israel’s army must have been quite weak or too frightened to fight this Pharaoh of world-power fame. With God’s curse upon this nation, its warring warriors were not at full function or so it appears. In years past, many nations feared the army of Israel. As America seeps more and more into sin and church apostasy, its military appears to be weakening too. Liberal progressives are manipulating to reform it into a political spectacle, rather than a functioning force protecting much of the world. Armed soldiers are told they cannot even fight back when Jihadist enemies surround them. They are commanded not to offend and countless soldiers now line graveyards.
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Jehoiakim and his son, Jehoiachin, are in the line of Christ through David. Jehoiachin, aka Jeconiah and Coniah, is also mentioned in this chapter of Jeremiah, verses 24f, when he takes the throne after his father’s deportation.
Egypt reigned over Judah in power before the kingdom of Babylon gained planet command. During this Egyptian domination, God permitted Egypt to be a thorn in Judah’s flesh as a penalty for disobedience. Egypt ruled in supremacy for 3,000 years, but not always dominating other nations. She was the lofty, prominent and affluent kingdom in her glory days. No nation in the world has ever held such a power of ascendancy for such a lengthy stand.
Yet, today, no one can locate a true Egyptian. God did curse and remove these people from the earth. Their narrative is always intriguing, though grievously pagan in all things.
Various Egyptians offered a Chinese appearance; yet, they displayed their own unique, dignified poise and stance. Traces of mummy DNA reveal them to be closest related to Eurasians. DNA testing on Ramses II, ancient ruler of Egypt, reveals him to have had wavy red hair and a fair complexion. Many blond-headed mummies have also been discovered. In Egyptian art, you view the white-skinned, black-skinned, and in between. There is a statue of a black king next to his white queen. Egyptians are quite the quandary for anthropologists.
Ramses I was the original ruler of Egypt’s 19th dynasty. There were approximately 30 dynasties which ruled Egypt over her esteemed history. Ramses were also addressed as Pharaohs. Jacob of the Bible and his family settled in the Ramses/Goshen area of northern Egypt when Joseph ruled in equal power to Pharaoh and was a father to Pharaoh; Genesis 45:8.
Peering at Pharaoh Neco II from 2 Kings chapter 23, his character is exposed as quite harsh and ruthless. Another thing you should note is he murdered righteous King Josiah—2 Kings 23:29. But what may surprise you, is I believe Neco may be in heaven.
What I am withholding from you is the fact Pharaoh Neco listened to the LORD God and acted immediately when He spoke to him. If you turn to 2 Chronicles 35:20-25, you will note some interesting facts. Neco, in this section, is on his way to war with Assyria (Syria today maintains some territories of ancient Assyria), the country which seized the northern kingdom, Israel; killing and moving the Jews into captivity many years previous. (I viewed a wall at the British Museum from the Assyrian age, in which, the etched artwork displayed working slaves.)
Unfortunately, righteous King Josiah wanted to interfere for some reason. He desired to fight Pharaoh aka King Neco. Neco let Josiah know he did not want to fight him, as God had commissioned him to war with the Assyrians. Neco wisely told Josiah, he could not stop and fight as God had ordered him to hurry! Josiah does not wisely approach God in prayer to check out Neco’s story. For some reason, possibly revenge, he simply wants to battle. God did command these orders to Neco, and this is why Josiah was defeated in battle and died. Verse 22 of 2 Chronicles 35 informs us, the words of Neco came from the mouth of God!
Neco desired to obey God and swiftly. This is why, I believe, he may be in heaven with righteous King Josiah, who obeyed God with all his heart—2 Kings 23:25.
Pharaoh Neco was not one to question God’s orders like so many others, including born again believers like us, and we will be in heaven despite our times of questioning and wrongly choosing to disobey certain Bible commands, though we should not disobey.
Jeremiah speaks a lament over King Josiah’s body in 2 Chronicles 35:25. Josiah did obey God all his life; he just made this silly error which cost him his life. He got in the way of God’s predetermined will. This is why our lives should be of prayer without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We want to be seeking God’s will in all things so we do not make a deadly error from performing our own will. Wisdom placed within the Bible, including Josiah’s folly, is for our discerning betterment.
God was completely capable of using Gentiles in the Old Testament and He did. The Jews did not always possess a corner market on the LORD, as we see with Pharaoh Neco and King Nebuchadnezzar (who we witness being saved unto eternal life in the book of Daniel).
This 3,000 year reign of Egyptian power halted when Babylon treaded over providences as a destructive, devouring lion with eagle’s wings; Daniel 7:4.
King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Egypt, after defeating Israel, and demolished the control center of their power—the pharaoh lineage. Egypt never ascended to regal supremacy again following this rampage. Though we do know Cleopatra and a couple of others were influential in succeeding generations. However, Cleopatra and other Egyptian famed Ptolemaic leaders were Greek, these reigning within the Greco/Macedonian era.
Plus, we do not see any trace of resemblance of the ancient Egyptians to those occupying Egypt today. We know the current residents of this land do not possess the stately look and magnificent dress of the extinguished Egyptians, which we view in preserved artwork.
Egyptians were the most advanced in the world in science, medicine, artworks (Including retention paint that has endured through the centuries with multi-hue pigment displays. I wish I had such paint for our home exterior. I have been amazed at such vibrant colors when eyeing ancient Egyptian artifacts at the British Museum and also in Seattle, Washington, at a special traveling exhibit of King Tut).
Egyptians achieved much in the way of stately dog breeding, and canines wore collars with the dog’s name such as “reliable;” and were mummified with their masters.
Egyptians invented the first calendar. They devised the Nileometer to measure any rising levels on the Nile River, and knew the exact distance to the sun. They invented a key for doors. They introduced papyrus paper for writing; and not until recent years, did a scientist uncover how they were able to make paper from papyruses. Papyruses were also accessed for rope, sandals and water vessels.
Moses received the best of education in Egypt, “Mighty in words and deeds … learned in the wisdom of the Egyptians,” as an upcoming Pharaoh, the only son of Pharaoh’s daughter, according to archived accounts. He most likely attended the princes’ school where he would have been educated in reading, writing, speech, hieroglyphs, mathematics, geometry, history, geography, cartography, chemistry (a branch of embalming) science, astronomy, medicine, etc. Egyptians far excelled in complicated mathematics, especially in geometry.
Egyptians expose the fact, ancient men were intelligent beings with exceptional skills; not a bunch of brainless barbarians living in caves. Of course, Jews, proved in their Old Testament Biblical writings, they were not illiterate or lacking in any form.
Though, it must be remembered, none was found as wise, as godly Joseph, a Jew, in the land of Egypt, he exerting the wisdom of God in every situation and without receiving an elitist Egyptian education.
Moving into verse 1, God tells Jeremiah he is to speak His Words once again. He is to speak to King Jehoahaz. Again, God is requesting justice, and this time, from the king. We have read this all before. God wants justice done to the one who has been robbed. He wants strangers treated without partiality, in charity.
Verse 3: “Thus says the LORD; Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled (caught or seized by force) out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.”
This grouping would be the social outcasts, like the Gentiles. I believe this could refer to Gentiles, knowing the Jews were all related in one way or another, brothers through Jacob. In the New Testament, Samaritans were viewed as strangers and cast aways; they were not seen as true blood Jews due to intermarriage and other variables.
There was a court of Gentiles in the Jerusalem temple of worship, which can be viewed in the map area of some Bibles, mainly study Bibles, or in a Bible dictionary. You can view it on the Internet in the image section if you do a search.
Here is a video of the first Jerusalem temple, which may or not be accurate. It represents Solomon’s temple. It does not identify the courts and other buildings. However, it can provide an idea of the appearance of the first temple which existed during Jeremiah’s time.
(Internet photo courtesy of Bible History Online)
Here, people (Gentiles) of all other countries could come to Jerusalem and worship the LORD in the Gentile court.
God holds welcoming arms to all, no matter one’s ethnicity or appearance. We see throughout His Word, He wants the poor, crippled, unattractive, uneducated, etc; loved without partiality. We also read in verse 3, the widows and orphans were to be cared for and esteemed like anyone of great ancestry. We are to associate with the lowly—Romans 12:16.
Verse 3 of Jeremiah chapter 22, was not obeyed by the king nor anyone else; outside of Jeremiah. Today, many believers do not love outcasts as they do their best dressed friends.
In this same verse, God condemns murder. Today those in high places, like the kings of old, do not desire to see proper justice executed upon those who kill. Most states in America refuse to take a life for a life. Some circuit court justices do all possible to cease a planned execution.
We know countless murderers have been released and have killed again. Those who have committed homicide and have been acquitted due to technicalities, sometimes recommit such an act again. When justice is not carried forth, many are not fearful of breaking the law as we witness today. The shedding of innocent blood has become common place in many cities in our nation.
USA Today News: “The Pew Center on the States found that slightly more than 4 in 10 offenders return to prison within three years, a collective rate that has remained largely unchanged in years, despite huge increases in prison spending that now costs states $52 billion annually.”
A sad, short list of murderers who were not sentenced to death by swift and speedy justice and the innocent paid:
Recent example from Washington Post, April 2016: “Malcolm B. Benson spent 19 years behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1995. The 50-year-old from Highland Park, Mich., was released early for good behavior in January 2015. Police say it took only nine months for him to kill again. His victim, a 59-year-old Army veteran named Stanley Carter, was waiting at a bus stop on his way to work with a group of people when Benson shot him during a botched robbery …”
We are beginning to witness more and more gang violence in my area of America. Gangs were virtually unheard of here, twenty years ago or so. It is sad to hear of young people murdered due to a gang opposing another gang in various parts of our nation. They appear to own no morals and no desire to be a servant of love. Their swear language is unbelievably repulsive like their father the devil.
Several years ago, a gang member murdered another gang member which affected my husband who was an administrative Lieutenant at a maximum security prison— he is now retired. A prisoner was experiencing altercations with other inmates as it was his son who killed the other gang member. The father of the gang member who committed the homicide was transported to my husband’s facility for his protection. This father requested to speak to my husband, knowing he is honest, trustworthy and would not act unjustly or in partiality. This was the first step in creating a peaceful atmosphere, as much as possible in a prison. Of course, my husband ensured various safeguards were implemented during the fact-finding process.
The inmate was informative, which helped place the proper pin between the spokes, so to speak, to stop the rolling action of those who desired to spin the wheel of trouble.
After my husband was employed for a period, he gained a spotless reputation for integrity at the incarceration institutions, even so spoken of among the inmates. He is honest, upfront, and doesn’t justify evil, but exposes it. He is straightforward to all.
It thrilled my heart to visit the institutions and note all the positive comments offered to me regarding him.
Many years ago, a warden lost his job defending and protecting my husband when corruption was found in the ranks due to those in high governmental positions taking part. It was a distressing time and my husband received threats if he continued to investigate and expose the money laundering taking place by executive staff using inmates. We kept praying for all the truth to be made known to the community; and eventually all was exposed, and a few of the most prominent people involved in corrections were removed from their positions due to their crimes. I would say it was the local news story of the year. When the Attorney General’s office phoned our home, I believed the jig was up and about that day or the day after, the news of exposure rode across the airways.
We do still have some justice in our land but crime certainly isn’t taken as seriously as it once was and crime in Judah was not taken seriously as it once was.
God rightly tells it like it is when it comes to the unsaved and their evil hearts and so were we evil before God graciously saved us.
Romans 3:10— “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11. There is none who understands, there is none that seeks after God. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one. 13. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps (venomous snakes) is under their lips: 14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17. And the way of peace have they not known: 18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
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God consistently reveals love amidst despicable sinful activity. He loves all people and simply requests repentance. He provides chance after chance; like we observe here with this king and the people. God explains in verse 4, blessings upon the city will arise if turning from sin occurs. It just involves a change of habit. This verse is repeated in 17:25. God would have blessed if remorse had occurred! The prophecy would have been fulfilled with kings coming and riding in chariots and on horses through the gates of Jerusalem in all their splendor. The city would have been transformed into a spiritually joyful, active city, receiving bountiful rewards from the LORD.
We are provided with altering, future optimism knowing the Millennial will bring endless blessing to Jerusalem; and leaders from the world will converge on this city. Righteousness will be the desire of the Jews at this time.
If America chose to live righteously in Christ Jesus, she would receive the richest of blessings from God Almighty.
We have viewed mighty opulent blessings in many decades past.
Desolation is what is promised in verse 5, if change does not appear, the king’s palace will become a wasteland. And so will Jerusalem and all that remains of Israel. Yes, this, the city men once called “the perfection of beauty and the joy of the whole earth,” as Lamentations 2:15 records. (Lamentations also was written by Jeremiah after the fall of Jerusalem, whereby he exposes his heart of sorrow; yet, in faith.)
To King Jehoahaz God expresses His love, “You are like Gilead to me and like the summit of Lebanon.” God cares about this king despite his disobedience. The LORD graciously expresses His elevated fondness in poetic form. This is the type of love God has for all mankind. He desires all be saved because God so loves the world. His hands are outstretched to all. His faithfulness is great to those who turn to Him.
God explains, Jehoahaz’s throne is like Gilead; the area east of the Jordan River, which was once a plush, emerald, fertile land. Today the arid land of Israel survives by means of irrigation, being cursed, having rejected their Savior Jesus Christ.
God also compares the king’s throne to the summit of Lebanon which is often times covered in snow as these mountains ascend 6 to 10 thousand feet above the valley. A king’s throne is equated in all loftiness in power and authority like a mountain peak. In Jeremiah’s day these mountains were logged for their large amounts of cedar. These mountains are now fairly barren though some cedars can still be found, including ancient—one dated 3,000 years.
Despite the love God has for this king, judgment is arriving due to his sin. God exposes—He will make Jehoahaz like a wilderness. You can certainly compare what happened to Jehoahaz with cursed Gilead today which is now a desert land. God said the king would be like a wilderness. When God curses something it stays cursed unless a change of heart is evidenced. Though many curses will not be lifted till Christ rules.
We acknowledge, we all suffer due to what was placed on Adam and Eve. In Hosea 4:3, we learn, all became cursed including land, beasts, birds and fish due to the sins of the Jews of the northern kingdom and this will be the same for Judah; Jeremiah being our historian to this fact. “Therefore shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwells there shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of heaven; yes, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.” God has removed fish from rivers, lakes and seas due to sin and He can do this at any time in response to disobedience to Him. It is sin pollution which produces famines of all scopes.
Hosea 4:1-2 warns—“Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.” Certainly sounds like America, observing its inhabitants drift away from the shore of safety. Verse 2 explains the sins of land judgement: “By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood.” In American we see mounting acceptance of violence and not just the acceptance, but leaders trying to invoke it, including those of the media set. People, including many police, have been murdered as a result and many rejoice because of it. It is a world gone in sane, akin to Jeremiah’s day.
We have seen throughout Jeremiah that the LORD was cursing the land of Judah and making it unproductive, producing famine—21:7. The same God who cursed the land and this king, cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:19; and it became withered. He also spoke the worlds into existence.
King Jehoahaz’s regent power would resemble a king ruling over a graveyard city, a ghost town, to hypothetically speak.
This was the destiny of Judah—his kingdom. A questioned place of burned desolation would eventually replace its current notoriety.
King Jehoahaz only reigned three months over Judah. God did not grant this evil regent length of years because he would not obey the voice of God and bring justice and righteousness to the land as his father, Josiah, had done.
We see in verse 7, the choicest of cedars would be cut down and thrown in the fire. The temple, Solomon’s palace and other buildings were made with the choicest of cedars from Lebanon; 1 Kings 6:9 & 15, 7:2, etc. When the city was burned to the ground as prophesied, people inquired, “Why has the LORD done this to this great city?” (Verse 8) Foreigners would know it was God who did it for justice sake. Those who did not even know the LORD personally knew it was Judah’s God who brought judgment on His people for their compromising ways. Even the unsaved can recognize the hand of judgment upon the disobedient. This is why I will, at times, expose the fact, unbelievers know better than believers, how believers should live and act. They will say, they are supposed to be a Christian and they are doing so and so. If that is being a Christian, I want no part.
Believers can be so concerned with being contemporary and styling that they don’t think about the fact they really aren’t that much different from general society. They are leaving no mark that others might desire.
God, in verse 10, informs the people, it is better to die than to go into captivity. Those who survived suffered more. Most of those who were removed never returned to Israel; they never viewed their homeland again. The captivity was approximately 70 years.
In verse 11, God directs prophecy to Shallum or Jehoahaz explaining, he will be removed from the land and not return. As verse 12 states, the king never saw Jerusalem again and we know this is true because he perished in Egypt.
Verse 13 is a verse for all, though it is directed to the kings of Judah. “Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms or upstairs without justice.” What a great phrase to memorize and keep in mind.
I easily can think of believers who need to heed this verse, knowing woe will arise upon them someday for disobedience and compromise. It is destructive pride which causes one to believe, I am a Christian so I can get away with it. Well, the Scriptures teach the opposite. I have never witnessed anyone get away with sin after 10 years or even sooner. It always catches up, comeuppance is lying under their doormat, waiting for just the right moment to come out from under for punishing discipline!
The next portion of verse 13 is observably similar to James 5:4-6 where Jewish believers were condemned for not yielding rightful wages. This verse in Jeremiah appears to deal directly with the king. He may have hired people to work, but refused to pay them and who would argue with the king who held the sword of life and death. It wasn’t unusual for kings to hoard riches and use the people of the land unjustly for personal services. It is the same today, with our government placing heavy taxes on citizens; wherewith legislators and the like vote among themselves to grant themselves a hefty raise.
Kings loved to accumulate property and here we see the king building a roomy, showy house at the expense of his subjects. We all know our present administration loves to use taxpayer money to fly to various places for the most lavish vacations with lavish expenditures.
In Jeremiah’s day, impressive decor of grand palaces required payment, resulting in inflated taxation which fostered more impoverished citizens. It was all about showing off too and entertaining to the hilt the impressive dignitaries who came to town.
The end of verse 14, reads “and painting it bright red.” This obviously refers to the ostentatiousness of the king’s home. Here in Idaho, we had an extremely rich man, J. R. Simplot. Besides owning a filthy mouth, he was the potato king of the United States, and was the 89th richest man in our country due to owning companies, land, livestock and investments, including in oil. “Simplot claimed to own more deeded land than any other man in America.”
He was believed to be worth 3.6 billion. Dying at age 99 made him the oldest billionaire before his passing.
Simplot owned a huge home on an everyone-can-see hill with a high-flying American flag that Boiseans could view from many areas of their fair city. I think this can give a clue or paint an adequate picture in red of the king’s home in this verse, which desires the passing envy of —See, look at me.
I will add, the Simplot descendants donated this beautiful home to be used as a governor’s mansion though it was never lived in, and it was returned to the Simplot family. “Ironically it has never actually been home to a governor with officials snubbing it lest they be seen as snobbish.” Imagine that, a good thing.
The grounds themselves would have cost $150,000 a year to maintain. This large house on the hill was demolished in early 2016 in all its ornateness.
(I was a friend to a lady who is friends with the current Simplot family, and they are most kind to her, even though she is disfigured from a car accident. My husband’s aunt, now deceased, was a friend of Simplot’s daughter.)
The king says in verse 14, “I will build me a wide house with large chambers, and he cuts himself out windows; and it is sealed with cedar, and painted with vermilion (red or scarlet paint, the styling paint of the day for indoors and out. Though still applied to Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America buildings which are often bright).
The rich in Jeremiah’s day often had tiled flooring or mosaic. And walls could reveal elaborate art with bright colors.
The point emphasized in King Jehoiakim’s day and can be transferred to our time, are the many who are more concerned with the looks of their home than the hurting ones in the streets who need a benevolent hand offered in God’s love.
Verse 15: “Shall you reign, because you closest yourself in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?”
(God is asking, did you, King Jehoiakim, ever go without a meal or without a necessity? No, of course, not. God took care of him, as He takes care of believers. No worries!)
Verse 16: “He (King Josiah the father of Jehoiakim) judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? says the LORD.”
Verse 17: “But your eyes and your heart (referring to King Jehoiakim) are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.”
Yes, this so like many American leaders today.
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King Jehoiakim wanted a gorgeous palace and built one. Also Judah was in the business of competing in cedar with other nations. Ships, buildings, furniture, etc, were carpentered from logged trees, grown mainly on Lebanon’s mountains.
From the New Testament, we know Jesus was born in the home of a carpenter. Most likely, Christ assisted Joseph using choice cedars from Lebanon for carpentry.
A bit of history on ancient logging:
“Ashurnasirpal (883-859) has left the most detailed records of the logging activities of the Assyrian kings. His men cut four kinds of trees: erenu, surmenu [s-hacek], and dapranu in the Lebanon and Amanus, and burasu [s-hacek] in the Amanus only … This is known particularly, because of the Wadi Brisa inscription of King Nebuchadrezzar: in it he claims to have built a road and a canal to carry “mighty cedars, high and strong, of precious beauty and of excellent dark quality, the abundant yield of the Lebanon, as [if they be] reed stalks [carried by] the river” (Wadi Brisa inscription of Nebuchadrezzar in Brown, 1969, p.199).”
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The remainder of verse 15 addresses righteous King Josiah, Jehoahaz’s father. Josiah performed righteousness and God is commanding Jehoahaz to do the same. It went well with King Josiah as he was blessed for his obedience, and it would go well with King Jehoahaz if he too would obey in the same manner. This is akin to the gracious warning God offered to Cain before he chose to murder his brother Abel. (Genesis chapter 4)
In the following verses, we note the godly requirements for kings. In the Old Testament there were also holy requirements for priests. In the New Testament we have requirements for pastors in the books of Timothy and Titus. God wants His every word heeded and there is to be no compromise, and this includes all who are in some office of leadership. Leaders are to example godliness in all areas of life.
We note in verse 16, God is sincerely concerned with justice of the poor and needy. These are the sincerely poor and needy, not those who are too lazy to make a living. God calls everyone to be a diligent worker. Leaders are certainly not to turn over tax money to those who are all about doing drugs and being promiscuous, and who simply want to be entertained all day.
This is for the poor who are not self-centered and simply cannot locate work or are too crippled to be employed. Many people in this world fall on hard times—failed crops, being laid off, becoming injured and bedridden, suffering as a widow, etc. Our LORD God calls for compassion from kings or heads of state, in such situations, so circumstances are not worsened for the unemployed or others who cannot afford to buy food.
We know Jesus Christ mainly ministered to the poor and needy in fulfillment of truth. He loves the despised and rejected of men; those who are not of social eliteness. However, Christ draws all men unto Himself. It is He who wrote this command within the Godhead in unison, acknowledging the three in one only work in unison. They are never contrary.
One of the reasons I believe America is still being blessed, and I know, I have stated this before, is due to the fact many in this nation work to assist the poor and needy. Charities abound in our country. The United States, New Zealand, and Myanmar are the three top nations who support charitable organizations. Canada comes in fourth.
In 2015, in America, 68% of the population donated to charity, while 79% helped strangers and 44% performed volunteer work.
Verse 17 is totally relevant to today’s politics as God exposes the sin of this king: “But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for your covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.”
Yes, most politicians are in it for the money and they love to grant themselves raises. They covet the wealth.
Pro-baby murder advocates have their hands involved in shedding innocent blood in the name of sexual promiscuity and greed. And today’s liberals stand with the violent of the land, offering them rights above the good citizens of America. They do not care how many are killed in the name of Islam, black power, and illegal immigration. We have many liberals who believe America deserved 9/11/01. This verse messages truth through the ages.
Verse 18, declares the people of Judah, the Jews, will not mourn for King Jehoiakim when he perishes. He was deserving of no respect. God’s offered this prophecy because God’s people, through the ages, were taught to respect their leaders. No one was allowed to curse a king under Old Testament law. However, with this evil king, God removed the standard of respect when this man was dethroned, deported to Egypt with a death sentence.
No regal spender normally afforded a king’s burial was to be planned by the wealthy elite. Judah’s populous would not line the streets, dabbing the tears in their eyes as his royal-robed, clad body passed by.
He was thrown out after his murder in Egypt, following his exile to Egypt, his body thrown beyond the gates of Jerusalem. Who would dare and try to grab his body with an Egyptian army possibly nearby?
God never lies and expects obedience to His words. In verse 19, we are told the king’s body will be cast outside Jerusalem like a donkey’s body. This did materialize because the king never repented of his evil deeds.
Sometimes a family will never claim the body of a relative who died in prison. They want no connection to such a vile criminal. Prison personnel simply turn the body over to the coroner; whereby, no memorial takes place. Sometimes the cadaver is donated for medical research by the coroner.
No one in Hitler’s family claimed his body of ashes and the ashes were buried without a marker. Most of his leftover family members, though excluding his spinster sister, did all to distance themselves from the man and Germany. The current, remaining relatives live in seclusive areas and avoid interviews.
“Three nephews of Adolf Hitler are alive and well in Long Island, New York. The only American descendants of Adolph Hitler are living quietly under assumed names. In about 40-50 years, barring death by unnatural causes, this bloodline of Adolph Hitler will be severed for all time. The brothers have reportedly entered into a pact that none will marry or have children. This will put an end to the irony and curse of the Hitler legacy in the United States.”
Mr. Ryback, in an interview with The Telegraph, said: “They live in absolute terror of being uncovered and their lives being turned upside down.” Hitler’s American relatives have consistently refused to give interviews. Even their lawyer has asked not to be identified. When contacted, he said: “If they came forward, then where’s your life after this?”
Mr. Ryback says that several of the relatives bear some physical resemblance to Hitler, pointing out: “If you block out everything else, you have that forehead and those eyes staring back at you.” The legacy of the Hitler name has brought a life of trouble for his surviving kin.
At 37:33 of this video, of Hitler’s family, you can watch one of his descendants, a distant cousin, interviewed:
Hitler did try to destroy all family records and graves by bombing his father’s city, acknowledging there was a Jewish name in his history. It was noted in an interview with a close family member, many years ago, that Hitler’s family members, when children, were not allowed to mention the Jewish ties (Jews were implied by speaker but not directly). This was viewed as an unspeakable blemish in the Hitler family. Ashkenazi Jewish DNA was determined from eight strands of Hitler’s hair found in Hitler’s mistresses’ room in her lavish brush.
CBS News: “According to a report, Haplogroup E1b1b1 accounts for about 18 to 20 percent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 percent to 30 percent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes. “It appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dna-tests-hitler-descended-from-jews-africans/
The nephews, who are related to Hitler, chose not to marry, not wanting to propagate any offspring who would resemble their most notorious ancestor of hideous crimes against mankind. Also, most of those descendants who were birthed from those men who were Hitler’s chief Nazi commanders, chose to be sterilized. They hate what their fathers did in exterminating millions of Jews. They have stated this before cameras, expressing the imbedded pain they must live with their entire lives.
A great-niece of one of Hitler’s key men, chose to marry a son of a Holocaust survivor, a Polish Jew, and they have birthed a son. She is questioned because she bears the last name of her ruthless, murderous great-uncle, Himmler, who was the mastermind behind Hitler’s death machine. He personally ordered the death of millions.
We should remember, God completely cursed all of Judas’ family for his assistance in the murder of God the Son, the Creator of all.
From Psalm 109: “And let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow. Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread, also from their desolate places. Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder his labor. Let there be none to extend mercy to him, Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children. Let his posterity be cut off, And in the generation following let their name be blotted out.”
It certainly appears, many in Hitler’s family and the families of his commanders, note the importance of applying this to Hitler too.
We continue in this chapter of strong rebuke where nothing good is said of anyone in the land of Judah. All are cursed by God.
It is to be preached in the high mountains of Lebanon, all the lovers of the southern kingdom are destroyed. This also includes the surrounding sinful nations, which will be destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar.
These Jews will not again commit adultery in the Holy Land, as there will be no inhabitants in short time future. Eventually every single person will die in Judah or be forced to leave.
We read, in verse 22, all the pastors who supposedly led the people in worship of God will be ceased by the wind and will be no more. This might remind one of Revelation chapters 1-3 where God judges five of the seven churches mentioned for leading Christians into liberal false beliefs and sexual sins. These were fellowships in which the pastors allowed ecumenicalism (accepting of false teachings of idolatrous religions).
The pastors in Jeremiah’s day failed miserably when it came to holding to the Scriptures and leading the Jews in holy righteousness. Of course, we know from lessons passed, the pastors or shepherds became one with the false religions of the time. They had no desire to preach against the false teachings of pagan, idolatrous religions. Thus, these religions became acceptable and brought into God’s holy house of worship.
Jews thought it great to be one with the satanic occult. All in the way of worship became an abomination before our Holy God, and it is no wonder why the temple was eventually destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar.
We see three generations addressed in the closing verses. First Josiah who was a godly king, and then Jehoiakim, his son, who was cursed and then his son, Coniah, who too, rightly received the curses of God. Coniah was aka Jehoiachin and Jeconiah. Yes, he went by three names. He and his mother—the queen mother, were to be cast out of Israel for their idolatrous sins. Coniah and his mother would be slaves in Babylon, being of the lowest caste … no more uppity, high held heads. They would never renew their reign on lavish thrones in royal, posh raiment to enact decrees. God never lies when He says idolators or idol worshipers, will be cast into the lake of fire.
I might add, Coniah is not the only king whose mother was reverenced in the kingdom according to Scripture. King Solomon had his mother, Bathsheba, sit on a throne on his right hand as queen mother in all due respect—1 Kings 2:19. Other kings may have done the same in Israel, though not recorded.
Verse 30, is one of the ultimate key passages in Scripture. Here we are taught the Davidic line of the kings will end. To this day, no king in the line of David has ruled over Israel. And no king of this line will until Christ rules the earth in the millennium. God never lies! (I might add, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel cannot trace any heritage back to King David and Josiah. And, of course, he is not a king.)
This is the punishment for the sins of the kings, who did what was right in their own eyes. This judgement was first pronounced due to the sins of evil King Manasseh, as we took note of in Jeremiah 15:4. Because this line of Solomon was cursed forever, Christ descended through the line of David’s son, Nathan, through Mary who descended from the ancestral line of Nathan. Joseph arose through the line of Solomon and would have been king of Israel, not a carpenter, if this line had not been cursed of God forever. Joseph’s genealogy lies in the first chapter of Matthew and Mary’s in the third chapter of Luke.
It will be a most blessed day when Christ takes the throne as a descendant of David to rule the globe from Jerusalem. He will be lavished in palm branches being greeted by multitudes—Zechariah 9:9-10; this upon His second arrival, not by a thousand or less, as when He first rode a donkey on the earth into Jerusalem—John 12:13f.
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