Jeremiah 17:19-27 Political Responsibility To Uphold The Sabbath Rest.
Gates were places to gather for decision making and commerce. This is where Jeremiah needed to be. It was there where he needed to stand (v. 19). The task he was given was a simple one, say to the people, in particular the political leadership coming through the gate, the place of decisions, to “hear the word of the LORD” (v. 20). There is first of all a call to heed the fourth commandment, that there was a limit to their work, to the work of all, that amidst all the hustle and bustle of fulfilling the cultural mandate in the exercise of dominion, people needed to stop, rest, and remember their covenant LORD. It all begins with each keeping this Sabbath rest at home (vv. 21-22). Instead, they rebelled, and as the nation’s political leaders, they were in effect forcing everyone to work (v. 23). However, the promise was that if they kept this Sabbath rest (vv. 24-25), the faithful of the nation would stream into the city, that they might worship the LORD together, “bringing sacrifices of praise to the house of the LORD” (v. 26). If the political leadership refused to heed this word, they and their administrations would suffer defeat, a fire in their palaces that would consume and not be quenched (v. 27).