Jeremiah 14 Drought And The Sword For The Apostates, But The Remnant Hopes.
Some in Judah mourned the judgment of drought – there was no water, or grass for animals to feed on (vv. 1-6). Jeremiah agreed with the LORD concerning the sin of his people, but he pleads for mercy based on the name of the LORD (v. 7). The LORD was the Hope and Savior of his people – Jeremiah pleads for a return to a lasting covenantal relationship of blessing and not cursing, at least for some (v. 8). Verse 9 speaks to the heart of the covenantal relationship – the LORD in their midst, and they called by His name. However, the fact was that they were in covenant with the LORD, and what follows, at least for the many, is cursing based on their wandering after other gods – spiritual adultery (v. 10). Therefore, on this basis Jeremiah was not to pray for them, even if they engaged in religious exercises, even if it were those the LORD prescribed. Judgment was based on the way they thought and lived, which was contrary to the word of the LORD, so that their religious activity was nothing but hypocrisy, and it was a magical view of there being some kind of power inherent in the ceremonies themselves (vv. 11-12).
Jeremiah wished to direct the LORD’s attention to the prophets, those who were leading his people astray, proclaiming peace instead of repentance (v. 13). The LORD stated that these prophets did not receive any word from the LORD, that they only spoke that which was the deceit of their hearts and divination, but also that of the people (v. 14). Therefore, since these false prophets spoke, saying there would be no sword or famine, they themselves would perish by the same (v. 15). The people would also be cast out of Jerusalem, and because of their wickedness their bodies would not be buried (v. 16). Jeremiah wept for the people, because of the ignorance of priest and prophet who were void of the word of the LORD (vv. 17-18). Jeremiah asks the LORD if there might yet be a remnant to survive, those who acknowledged their sin and wickedness (vv. 19-20). Through a remnant the LORD’s covenant could be kept, and the LORD’s throne of glory respected (v. 21). The confession of Jeremiah and the remnant was that there was no God like their LORD. Idols could not bring rain, but only the living God. Therefore they would, in faith, wait for Him (v. 22).