Jeremiah prophesied about Jesus

The LORD replied to Jeremiah regarding false prophets at the time who were saying that no punishment would be forthcoming. Jeremiah 14: 14-15 Lies these prophets utter in My Name, the LORD said to me. I did not send them (the false prophets); I gave them no command nor did I speak to them. Lying visions, foolish divination, dreams of their own imagination, they prophesy to you. Therefore, thus says the LORD: Concerning the prophets who prophesy in My Name, though I did not send them; who say,: Sword and famine shall not befall this land”: by the sword and famine shall these prophets meet their end.

Jeremiah 15: 16 When I found Your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, because I bore Your Name, O LORD, God of hosts.

Jeremiah 16: 21 Look, then: I will give them knowledge; this time I will leave them in no doubt of My strength and My power: they shall know that My Name is LORD.

Jeremiah is sometimes called the weeping prophet because he faithfully warned the people of God’s divine punishment to Judah if they would not turn from their sins and abominations.  The next passage regards Jeremiah’s interior crisis during this difficult mission: Jeremiah 20:9 I say to myself, I will not mention Him, I will speak in His Name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

The next passage shows that Jeremiah was given a prophecy about Jesus six hundred years before He was born.  Jeremiah 23: 5-6 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As King He (foretelling Jesus) shall reign and govern wisely, He shall do what is just and right in the land, in His days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the Name they give Him: “The LORD our justice.”

(My suggestion is: today ask Our Lord to write His Name in gold on your heart.)

Jeremiah 10, 12, and 14

Jeremiah 10: 6, 14-16, 25
verse 6 No one is like You, O LORD, great are You, great and mighty is Your Name.
verses 14-16 Every man is stupid, ignorant; every artisan is put to shame by his idol: He has molded a fraud, without breath of life. Nothingness are they, a ridiculous work; they will perish in their time of punishment. Not like these is the portion of Jacob: He is the Creator of all things; Israel is His very own tribe. LORD of hosts is His Name.
verse 25 Pour out Your wrath on the nations that know You not, on the tribes that call not upon Your Name; For they have devoured Jacob utterly, and laid waste to his dwelling.

Jeremiah chapter 12 is a bit confusing because within chapter 12 some of chapter 11 is transposed within it (and it isn’t a publishing error). Basically, some men from Jeremiah’s hometown of Anathoth were threatening Jeremiah not to prophesy in the Name of the LORD or he would be killed. The LORD promised to protect Jeremiah and to punish the men who were plotting against him.
Jeremiah 12: 14-16 Thus says the LORD against all My evil neighbors who plunder the heritage which I gave My people Israel as their own: See I will pluck them up from their land; the house of Judah (temple) I will pluck up in their midst. But after plucking them up, I will pity them again and bring them back, each to his heritage, each to his land. And if they carefully learn My people’s custom of swearing by My Name, “As the LORD lives,” they who formerly taught My people to swear by baal (false god) shall be built up in the midst of My people. But if they do not obey, I will uproot and destroy that nation entirely, says the LORD.

Jeremiah’s prayer plea to the LORD during a severe drought. Jeremiah 14: 7-9 Even though our crimes bear witness against us, take action, O LORD, for the honor of Your Name- Even though our rebellions are many, though we have sinned against You.
O Hope of Israel, our Savior in time of need! Why should You be a stranger in this land, like a traveler who has stopped but for a night? Why are You like a man dumbfounded, a champion who cannot save? You are in our midst, O LORD, Your Name we bear: do not forsake us!

Jeremiah 7

Chapter 7 of Jeremiah tells of how God told Jeremiah to go and stand at the gate of the temple and tell the people to reform their ways and works so that He could remain in the temple. It was a last warning to the Jews to change or God would withdraw from the temple and would leave them unprotected against their enemies.
Here are some of the passages: Jeremiah 7: 5-14, 30 Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place, or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place, in the land which I gave your fathers long ago and forever.
But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss! Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to baal, go after strange gods that you know not, and yet come to stand before Me in this house which bears My Name, and say: “We are safe, we can commit all these abominations again”? Has this house which bears My Name become in your eyes a den of thieves? I too see what is being done, says the LORD. You may go to Shiloh, which I made the dwelling place of My Name in the beginning.
++ {Shiloh: original place of worship from the time of Joshua to that of Samuel. The sanctuary was later rejected by God and destroyed by the Philistines.}++
See what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now because you have committed all these misdeeds, says the LORD, because you did not listen, though I spoke to you untiringly; because you did not answer, though I called you, I will do to this house named after Me, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, just as I did to Shiloh. I will cast you away from Me, as I cast away all your brethren, all the offspring of Ephraim.
verse 30 The people of Judah have done what is evil in My Eyes, says the LORD. They have defiled the house which bears My Name by setting up in it their abominable idols.

My remark about this passage: Although this was written thousands of years ago, we still struggle mightily against idolatry in popular culture. So many adults and children wear the Nike brand clothing and shoes and hats and sports gear that has the swoosh symbol. Nike is the goddess of victory of ancient Greek mythology and paganism. When children wear the caps on their head (over their minds), shirts over their hearts and shoes on their feet, it must offend the LORD, if only they would wear the scapular or a crucifix instead! Also, the Starbucks siren is from mythology and look at how many people are dependent on those drinks. In my city of 100,000 people, there are 8 starbucks shops with cars lined up in the drive through at all hours of the day and night. Next, the communications corporate giant Time Warner’s symbol of eye is rooted in paganism as are many many other corporate symbols… especially offensive is the bitten apple symbol for all Apple products: iphone, ipad, ipod, etc. The bitten apple celebrates the fall of man, original sin, and satan’s lie to Eve, “the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.” Lifting up political, entertainment, and religious leaders to the level of idolatry must also be avoided. How utterly annoying that we have to endure the endless political coverage of Donald Trump, the Clintons, the Obamas and every other glory seeking hog. May God have mercy on us because we are so inundated by the idolatry of this age. We were made to love and serve the divinity of God alone in our mortal lives so that we may be happy with Him forever in heaven.

Introducing Jeremiah

The book of the prophet Jeremiah tells about a prophet that was called at a young age to speak in the Name of God during the time of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians. Jeremiah begins his service when King Josiah was making good reforms for Israel by abolishing idolatry, but after Josiah’s death, King Jehoiachin couldn’t withstand the invasion of Babylonians by King Nebuchadnezzar, who ordered the destruction of the temple and the exile of the Jews into Babylon. Before the destruction began, the prophet Jeremiah was told by God to remove the ark of the covenant (the holy receptacle containing the tablets of the ten commandments) and hide it. Here is what we know about that event 2 Maccabees 2: 4-8 The same document also tells how the prophet (Jeremiah), following a divine revelation, ordered that the tent and the ark should accompany him and how he went off to the mountain (Mount Sinai In Egypt). When Jeremiah arrived there, he found a cave in which he put the tent, the ark, and the altar of incense; then he blocked up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the path, but they could not find it. When Jeremiah heard of this, he reproved them: “This place is to remain unknown until God gathers His people together again and shows them mercy. Then the LORD will disclose these things, and the glory of the LORD will be seen in the cloud, just as it appeared in the time of Moses and when Solomon prayed that the Place (the temple) might be gloriously sanctified.”

Jeremiah 3:17 (prophecy about the future) At that time they will call Jerusalem the LORD’s throne; there all nations will be gathered together to honor the Name of the LORD at Jerusalem, and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness. In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel; together they will come from the land of the north to the land which I gave to your fathers as a heritage.

Jeremiah 4:1-2 If you wish to return, O Israel, says the LORD, return to Me. If you put your detestable things out of My sight, and do not stray, then you can swear, “As the LORD lives,” in truth, in judgement, and in justice; then shall the nations use His Name in blessing and glory in Him.

Last Holy Name entries of Isaiah

Isaiah 60: 9 All the vessels of the sea are assembled, with the ships of Tarshish in the lead, to bring your children from afar with their silver and gold, in the Name of the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.
Isaiah 63: 13 through 64:6 Who led them without stumbling through the depths like horses in the open country, like cattle going down into the plain, the Spirit of the LORD guiding them? Thus You led Your people, bringing glory to Your Name. Look down from heaven and regard us from Your holy and glorious palace! Where is Your zealous care and Your might, Your surge of pity and Your mercy? O LORD, hold not back, for You are our Father. Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer You are named forever.
Why do You let us wander, O LORD, from Your ways and harden our hearts so that we fear You not? Return for the sake of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage. Why have the wicked invaded Your holy place, why have our enemies trampled Your sanctuary? Too long have we been like those You do not rule, who do not bear Your Name.
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before You, as when brushwood is set ablaze, or fire makes the water boil! Thus Your Name would be made known to Your enemies and the nations would tremble before You.
While You wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they have not heard of from of old. No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but You doing such deeds for those who wait for Him.
Would that You might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of You in our ways! Behold, You are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; We have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. There is none who calls upon Your Name, who rouses himself to cling to You; For You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt.

Isaiah 65:1 (The LORD’s response) I was ready to respond to those who asked Me not, to be found by those who sought Me not. I said: Here I am! Here I am! to a nation that did not call upon My Name.

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: your brethren who, because of My Name, hate and reject you, say, “Let the LORD show His glory that we may see your joy”; but they shall be put to shame.

Isaiah 59

In Chapter 59, Isaiah details the discouragement of living in an immoral age.

Isaiah 59: 9-21 That is why right is far from us and justice does not reach us. We look for light, and lo, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in gloom! Like blind men we grope along the wall, like people without eyes we feel our way. We stumble at midday as at dusk, in Stygian darkness, like the dead. We all growl like bears, like doves we moan without ceasing. We look for right, but it is not there; for salvation, and it is far from us. For our offenses before You are many, our sins bear witness against us. Yes, our offenses are present to us, and our crimes we know: transgressing, and denying the LORD, turning back from following our God, threatening outrage, and apostasy, uttering words of falsehood the heart has conceived. Right is repelled, and justice stands far off; for truth stumbles in the public square, uprightness cannot enter. Honesty is lacking, and the man who turns from evil is despoiled.
The LORD saw this, and was aggrieved that right did not exist. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was none to intervene; So His own Arm brought about the victory, and His justice lent Him its support. He put on justice as His breastplate, salvation, as the helmet on His Head; He clothed Himself with garments of vengeance, wrapped Himself in a mantle of zeal. He repays His enemies their deserts, and requites His foes with wrath. Those in the west shall fear the Name of the LORD, and those in the east, His glory; for it shall come like a pent-up river which the Breath of the LORD drives on. He shall come to Zion a Redeemer to those of Jacob who turn from sin, says the LORD. This is the covenant with them which I Myself have made, says the LORD: My Spirit which is upon you and My words that I have put into your mouth shall never leave your mouth, nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your children’s children from now on and forever, says the LORD.

Isaiah 56 and 57

Isaiah 56: 6-7 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to Him, loving the Name of the LORD, and becoming His servants – all who keep the sabbath free from profanation and hold to My covenant, them I will bring to My holy mountain and make joyful in My house of prayer; their holocausts and sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
Isaiah 57: 14-15 Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove the stumbling blocks from My people’s path. For thus says He who is high and exalted, living eternally, Whose Name is the Holy One: On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit, to revive the spirits of the dejected, to revive the hearts of the crushed.

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54:4-5 Fear not, you shall not be put to shame; you need not blush, for you shall not be disgraced. The shame of your youth you shall forget, the reproach of your widowhood no longer remember. For He who has become your Husband is your Maker; His Name is the LORD of hosts; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.

Isaiah 50, 51, and 52

Isaiah 50:10 Who among you fears the LORD, heeds His servant’s voice, and walks in darkness without any light, trusting in the Name of the LORD and relying on his God?

Isaiah 51:14-15 The oppressed shall soon be released; they shall not die and go down into the pit, nor shall they want for bread. For I am the LORD, your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; the LORD of hosts by Name.

Isaiah 52: 4-6 Thus says the LORD God: To Egypt in the beginning My people went down, to sojourn there; Assyria, too, oppressed them for nought, but now, what am I to do here? says the LORD, My people have been taken away without redress; their rulers make a boast of it, says the LORD; all the day My Name is constantly reviled. Therefore on that day My people shall know My renown, that it is I who have foretold it. Here I am!

Isaiah Chapter 47 and 48

As was discussed before all the entries of the psalms, part of the history of Jerusalem was that Babylon invaded Israel, destroyed the temple and took captive most of the Jewish people to be slaves in Babylon. This next entry of the prophet Isaiah mocks Babylon.

Isaiah 47: 3-4 Your nakedness (Babylon’s) shall be uncovered and your shame be seen; I will take vengeance, I will yield to no entreaty, says our Redeemer, Whose Name is the LORD of hosts, the Holy One of Israel.

The people in exile are reminded that they were warned of the Babylonian invasion long before it was a reality in Chapter 48 verses 1-9 verses 1-9 Hear this, O house of Jacob called by the name Israel, sprung from the stock of Judah, you who swear by the Name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel without sincerity or justice, though you are named after the holy city and rely on the God of Israel, whose Name is the LORD of hosts. Things of the past I foretold long ago they went forth from My mouth, I let you hear of them; then suddenly I took action and they came to be. Because I know that you are stubborn and that your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead bronze, I foretold them to you of old; before they took place I let you hear of them, that you might not say, “My idol did them, my statue, my molten image commanded them.” Now that you have heard, look at all this; must you not admit it? From now on I announce new things to you, hidden events of which you knew not. Now, not long ago, they are brought into being, and beforetime you did not hear of them, so that you cannot claim to have known them; You neither heard nor knew, they did not reach your ears beforehand. Yes, I know you are utterly treacherous, a rebel you were called from birth. For the sake of My Name I restrain My anger, for the sake of My renown I hold it back from you, lest I should destroy you.