-Jeremiah’s rebuke of Judah and Israel in general takes a turn to focus on God’s covenant that has been broken by His people in this section beginning in chapter 11 and extending through Jeremiah 13:27. God speaks wanting His people to hear the words of His covenant because He had been clear with them that if and when they broke it, they would be cursed (Deuteronomy 27:26, Jeremiah 11:3; 17:5, Galatians 3:10). There were solemn warnings from the time of Egypt up to their present day, but they refused to turn to their God and repent. They walked according to the stubbornness of their own evil heart and broke covenant continually without regard for the LORD (Jeremiah 11:8, 10). Therefore, the LORD is bringing disaster upon them, which they would not be able to escape. Even their cries before Him would not be heard because of their rebellious hearts and actions in defiance of His commands (Jeremiah 11:11-17). *Application* There comes a time when God has had enough of our placating ways. He genuinely knows when we are sincere in Godly sorrow and when we simply have a worldly guilt that wants to escape punishment because we seek only pleasure. God is just and will not listen when the heart is corrupt to the point of bringing His righteous disaster to show who really is King. Go God’s way and you will never have to fear His deaf ear when you pray. Humble yourself before Him and He will always listen and respond.
-Jeremiah finds himself discerning from the LORD the evil plots against him from the men of his own hometown in the last section of this chapter. He, like the coming Messiah (Isaiah 53), was a gentle lamb being led to the slaughter with devious plots for destruction by the wayward enemy of God. The prophet calls out to the LORD, who judges righteously and tries the feelings and the heart, for His vengeance since his cause is committed to Him (Jeremiah 11:20). God promises annihilating punishment on them (Jeremiah 11:22-23). *Application* God does nothing without revealing it first to His prophets and those with spiritual discernment (Amos 3:7, 2 Peter 1:20-21). Listen to these men, and women sometimes, of God who get His download. Don’t ever refuse the true prophetic Word of God. He is always trying to warn us and bring us into His good way if we will comply.
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 11:20