Jeremiah 15:10-21 Jeremiah And The Remnant Vs The Apostates Of The Nation.
As one who brought nothing but strife and contention, Jeremiah looks upon his life as but one of woe. Even though he had no obligation to others, or of others to him, nevertheless everyone cursed him (v. 10). Nevertheless, the LORD indicated that it would be well with the remnant, that one day their enemies would intercede with them in the time of their affliction (v. 11). However, before this took place, the nation of apostates would give their wealth to the strong kingdoms coming from the north, and the remnant would go with their enemies into captivity (vv. 12-14). In the context of speaking this word, Jeremiah pleads with the LORD to remember him, visit him, and take vengeance on his enemies. Two things stand out with this prayer. First, and foremost, Jeremiah wanted to know the close presence of the LORD – this meant more to him than anything else. Secondly, he obeys the word in not seeking vengeance on his persecutors himself, but giving this up to the LORD. He prays for the LORD’s patience with him, since he was suffering for His sake (v. 15).
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” (v. 16) Jeremiah didn’t stumble upon the word, he searched for it, and when he found it he internalized it and made it his own, becoming the joy and rejoicing of his heart. This was the exact opposite of those who mocked the word, along with the majority. Instead Jeremiah sat alone, filled with the indignation of the LORD (v. 17). For this reason of his faithfulness, he wonders if this will be his permanent state, or would the LORD not eventually heal him. Jeremiah cannot accept that the LORD and His word would be an unreliable stream, or waters that fail (v. 18). The word of promise would be fulfilled, but only through the remnant who would show themselves as those who would return in repentance to the word preached. There needed to be a sifting of the precious from the vile in the covenant community (v. 19). Jeremiah indeed receives a promise that he would stand strong against the apostates of the nation (vv. 20-21).