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Tuesday, August 25 2015

Jeremiah 2: Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?

"And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house."

"Israel" began when the LORD changed Jacob's name to Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel). "Israelites" were and are the children and descendants of Jacob (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria).

The Israelites entered Egypt as a family of about 70 people (see The First Census Of Israel). Over the next 400 years, they prospered and grew into a multitude in which military-age males (age 20 to 50) alone totalled over 600,000 Israelites (see I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation).

Egypt By the time of Exodus, the Israelites were a multitude of people (see The First Sinai Census), but not yet a sovereign nation. They became a sovereign nation when the Israeiltes crossed the Jordan River under the leadership of Joshua - a military leader, not a king (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua). The martial law continued through to the end of the life of Joshua and then through the era of the Judges (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges).

The era of the Judges ended in the time of Samuel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel) when the Israelites demanded a human king for their nation (see Our King May Judge Us). Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, was chosen as Israel's first king (see King Saul of Israel). It was during the reign of Saul that the united Kingdom of Israel first existed - until Saul became arrogant and unstable (see Saul's Impeachment). The LORD then declared a replacement, David of Judah (see The Anointing Of David). The civil war that followed (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War) produced the first division of the united kingdom of Israel - the tribe of Judah chose David as their king (see King David Of Judah), while the other tribes remained under the leadership of increasingly foolish Saul.

When King David emerged victorious from the civil war, the Israelites were restored as a united kingdom. It was at that time that King David captured Jerusalem and made it, for the first time ever, into an Israelite city - and national capital (see When Did Jerusalem Become An Israelite City? and How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?). The Israelites then remained a united kingdom through the remainder of David's life and through the entire reign of David's son and successor King Solomon. When Solomon became an idol worshiper (see Solomon's Ballad To Losers), the LORD declared that the united kingdom of Israel would be divided - in the time of Rehoboam, Solomon's son and royal successor.

The division happened at the beginning of Rehoboam's reign (see Rehoboam's Scorpions). The united kingdom of Israel then became two independent kingdoms - the Kingdom of Israel (the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph/Manasseh and Joseph/Ephraim) and the Kingdom of Judah (the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

The LORD had the Kingdom of Israel fall to the Assyrian Empire in 721 BC because they had become defiantly, incorrigibly corrupt. They thereafter became the "lost ten tribes" of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes).

The Kingdom of Judah continued on for over a century after the fall of the Kingdom of Israel. Judah too would eventually fall, for the same reason that Israel did, but it took Judah another 135 years before the LORD had the Babylonians conquer and exile them (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?).

The prophet Jeremiah was born in the Kingdom of Judah about 80 years after the Kingdom of Israel ceased to exist. The only kingdom that Jeremiah personally knew in his lifetime was the Kingdom of Judah.

Jeremiah was chosen by the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour), before he was even born (Jeremiah 1:5), to be a prophet to the Kingdom of Judah - and beyond. His ministry lasted for the last forty years of the existence of the Kingdom of Judah - warning them to not repeat the Kingdom of Israel's self-destructive apostasy (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).

Israel and Judah

"2:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying,

Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 2:3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.

2:4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

2:5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 2:6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

2:9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead. 2:10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 2:12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 2:14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 2:15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 2:16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. 2:17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? 2:18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. 2:21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD. 2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. 2:25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

2:26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. 2:28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD. 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD.

Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. 2:34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. 2:35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. 2:36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. 2:37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them." (Jeremiah 2:1-37 KJV)

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This Day In History, August 25

325: The Council Of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, establishing the non-Biblical Roman Catholic doctrine of the Trinity. According to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit is actually the Power of God (i.e. of The Father and the LORD God; see What Makes Physical Life Possible? and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), not an individual "person" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

357: The Battle of Strasbourg. The Roman army in Gaul achieved a temporary victory over the Alemanni at Strasbourg. The Alemanni were a confederation of Germanic tribes of the upper Rhine River region. The Alemanni are still evident today as the name for Germany in a number of languages e.g. in French ("Allemagne"), Arabic ("Almanya"), Persian ("Alman"), Spanish ("Alemania), Turkish ("Almanya") and about twenty others. Germany eventually became the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Galileo Galilei 1560: Protestantism was formally adopted at the First General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Scottish Parliament had already instituted a Calvinist confession of faith, declaring that the pope no longer had jurisdiction over Scotland.

1580: Spanish forces under the Duke of Alva fought the Portuguese at the Battle of Alcantara.

1609: Galileo Galilei demonstrated his newly-invented telescope to the Roman church authorities. His correct scientific discoveries (e.g. that the earth orbits the sun, not the sun orbits the earth; see also Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day?) nearly got him condemned for heresy.

1630: Portuguese forces were defeated by the Kingdom of Kandy at the Battle of Randeniwela in Sri Lanka.

1635: A hurricane hit Plymouth colony (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1718: The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded and named in honor of the Duke of Orleans of France.

1758: The Prussian army defeated the invading Russians at the Battle of Zorndorf.

1768: English explorer and Royal Navy Captain James Cook began his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

1825: Uruguay declared its independence from Spain.

1830: A revolt broke out in the French-speaking provinces of the Netherlands, against union into Belgium.

1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the library of the University of Leuven was deliberately destroyed by the German Army. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts were lost.

1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Louis Mountbatten of Britain was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia.

1944: During the Second World War, Paris was liberated from German occupation by Free French Forces under General Jacques LeClerc.

1978: The Church of Rome's "Shroud of Turin," which is incorrectly (see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?) believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, went on public display for the first time in over 40 years.

1981: The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to "Saturn" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the sixth planet from the sun).

1989: The Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to "Neptune" (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the eighth planet from the sun).

1991: Belarus became independent from the Soviet Union.

1991: Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds released the first version of what became known as Linux.

1995: A rare fireball, caused by a large meteor, passed over southern Ontario and was accidentally filmed by a CITY-TV crew in Toronto.


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