Jeremiah 22:1-10 Judgment For Rejecting The Law, Forsaking The Covenant.
The LORD had another message for Jeremiah to deliver to the king of Judah who sat on David’s throne, and his servants. Political leadership, as servants of the LORD, were supposed to govern according to his law (vv. 1-2 Cf. 17:20), meaning to “execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place” (v. 3). This place was Jerusalem and the temple in particular, where judgments were to be rendered according to the law, also reiterated by Jeremiah elsewhere, the other prophets, and the Lord directly (Cf. 7:6; 21:12; Dt. 10:18; 24:17; Is. 58:6; Zech. 7:9-10; 8:16; Mic. 6:8; Mt. 23:23). If they heeded this word then the LORD promised a continuation of the Davidic monarchy (v. 4). However, if they continued to rebel, then the city and temple would become a desolation (. 5). They would go from conditions of blessing to cursing – a wilderness (v. 6). The LORD would send their enemies against them, to defeat them (v. 7). People passing by would look and wonder why the LORD had forsaken the nation (v. 8), and the reason being because they had forsaken the covenant, “and worshipped other gods and served them” (v. 9). A nation’s god is reflected in the laws they choose to be governed by.