-Jeremiah delivers a condemning message directly from the Temple Gate in this chapter. The theme is essentially the same regarding the rebellious nature of the sons of Judah and their idolatry before the LORD God of Israel. The plea goes out to amend their ways and deeds so that they could be able to remain in the land, but the prophetic prediction is that it will be to no avail (Jeremiah 7:3-7, 34). These ways and deeds include the consistent biblical themes of practicing justice before all people, not oppressing the alien, the orphan, and the widow, shedding no innocent blood, and having no idolatry. These evil practices have become their ruin. They have trusted in deceptive words and not the LORD’s voice and have stolen, lied, murdered, and committed adultery in their disgusting agitation towards God. They have become an abomination and den of robbers in His House because of the wickedness of their hearts (Jeremiah 7:8-11).
-The Lord declares to them to go to Shiloh, where His Name first dwelt, in the north to see what becomes of a people that transgress and turn from the truth of the Living God. They will be cast out of His sight with no hope for intercession because the LORD will refuse to hear (Jeremiah 7:12-16). They spite the King of the Universe with their idolatry and unrepentant spirit before Him, which is bringing on His wrath and purging-refining fire of judgment (Jeremiah 7:17-22, 30-31). What God commands is obedience to His voice alone and a walk with Him (Jeremiah 7:23, 28). “Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward (Jeremiah 7:24).” God repeatedly warned them through His prophets daily rising early and sending them, but they would not listen and stiffened their necks in revolt (Jeremiah 7:25-27). This is the reason for God’s rejection and forsaking of them at this time. It was now time to take up a lamentation (Jeremiah 7:29, 32-34).
-*Application* The evil intents of our heart is what we must constantly guard (Proverbs 4:23). If our wellspring of life is going to overflow with Christ, we must guard it against the invasion of the enemy and his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 2:15-17).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 7:24