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Tuesday, September 8 2015
Jeremiah 16: Why Didn't Jeremiah Marry?
"Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place ... they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine"
Jeremiah was not only "born to be a prophet," he was conceived to be a prophet (see also The LORD's Apostles and Prophets). His forty-year ministry began when he was quite young, in his teenage years.
"1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
When Jeremiah reached early adulthood a few years later, the time when most were married, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) gave him a further command that would save him from the grief (see also The Two Ways That Weeping Will End) and hardship of losing an unrepentant wife and family - as the LORD figuratively did (see What Did The Messiah's Wife Do?).
Although Jeremiah conducted his ministry in full faith and effort, preaching and pleading with the nation of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) to repent, it seems that he also knew that his purpose was to provide a fair warning, that was going to be rejected and ignored by nearly everyone - even his own wife and children, if he would to have them. With about 30 years of his ministry still to be done, Jeremiah knew that, in the end, the nation of Judah was going to be destroyed due to their refusal to heed the Word of God, and their hatred toward His prophets (see Why Were The Prophets Of Truth Hated?).
"16:1 The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying, 16:2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place. 16:3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; 16:4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth." (Jeremiah 16:1-4 KJV)
The full context of the command starkly describes how Jeremiah's life would be that of a near-solitary winner among a multitude of self-made losers (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers).
"16:1 The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying, 16:2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place. 16:3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; 16:4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
Fact Finder: What did the Kingdom of Judah do that repeated what the Kingdom of Israel had already done?
This Day In History, September 8
394: Arbogast, a general of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots, A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), committed suicide after the battle of the Frigidus River that ended in victory for Theodosius.
617: The Battle of Huoyi in China. Li Yuan defeated a Sui Dynasty army, enabling his capture of the imperial capital Chang'an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty.
1011: The Danes sacked Canterbury and seized Aelfheah, the archbishop of Canterbury, who they held for 7 months before killing him in April 1012.
1264: The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, was promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland.
1331: Stephen Uros IV Dusan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380: The Battle of Kulikovo. Russian forces defeated an army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1504: Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1565: The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1664: The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York after the Duke of York.
1755: During the Seven Years War (1756-1763) in North America, English troops under the command of William Johnson defeated French and native-American force at the Battle of Lake George. Although known as "the French and Indian War" in the U.S., it was actually a world war, fought on a larger geographic scale (Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines) than the two world wars of the twentieth century.
1760: The French surrendered Montreal to British forces under the command of Jeffrey Amherst.
1831: William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1860: The Steamship Lady Elgin sank on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
1900: A hurricane with winds of 120 mph and a following tidal wave at Galveston, Texas, killed at least 8,000 people and destroyed over 2,500 buildings in the city.
1923: The Honda Point Disaster. Nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast. Seven of the ships were lost, twenty-three sailors killed.
1944: Germany began the V-2 rocket bombing of Britain.
1945: Korea was partitioned into North and South by the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Within a decade, the French partitioned Vietnam into North and South also. Four artificial nations (i.e. dividing a single people into "foreign" nations) were thus created in Southeast Asia by outsider nations who declared themselves to have the right to meddle anywhere on Earth (see The Boundary Law).
1945: Hideki Tojo, Japanese prime minister during most of the Second World War, attempted suicide rather than face a war crimes tribunal. The attempt failed and he was later convicted and hanged.
1974: To prevent criminal prosecution of Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford granted the former President a full pardon for "any and all crimes that he may have committed while in office." Gerald Ford was the only politician to hold the offices of U.S. Vice-President and then President - without ever being elected to either position.
1991: The Republic of Macedonia became independent.