1-4 | Even Moses and Samuel couldn’t make a defense to save this people
5-9 | A lament for Jerusalem
10-11 | Jeremiah laments being born
12-14 | Nothing of this world can save
15-18 | Jeremiah’s prayer for God to remember him
19-21 | God’s promise to deliver
God’s impending judgment against Judah is about to take place and no one, not even Moses or Samuel, could stand in the gap for Judah to turn back the Lord’s anger. This reminds me to the sermon by Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
This is a sad chapter for the people of Judah but there is assurances for Jeremiah. If he remains faithful to proclaiming God’s word, he will be restored.
Thankfully, we have an advocate who can stand before God on our behalf, Jesus, His only begotten Son, who died for us and paid the penalty for our sins.
I John 2:1-2 NASB My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
Romans 8:33-35 NASB Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
I Timothy 2:3-6 NASB This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
Hebrews 7:24-25 NASB but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Lord, You are the Almighty Judge and we know that there is no one who can stand before you justified on their own. Yet, You have provided an Advocate for us who is able to defend, Jesus, Your Son, who paid the debt for our sins. Thank You Lord for delivering us from sin and death and makes us able to stand before You, clothed in the righteousness of Your Son Jesus. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heave, in Jesus’ name. Amen.