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Saturday, October 10 2015
Jeremiah 44: The Queen Of Heaven
"We will not hearken unto Thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done"
While the same term "Queen of Heaven" is now most-used by the Church of Rome (and many others) for Mary, the mother of the Messiah (Mary was the later Roman version of her in-real-life Hebrew name, Miriam; see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary? and What Would Mary Really Say About Idolatry?), the idol-worshiping origin of the "queen of heaven" is more ancient. The ancient Israelites were also corrupted by it, along with, not coincidentally, sun worship (see Sun Worship In Israel).
The united kingdom of Israel was divided into two independent kingdoms, "Israel" and "Judah," because of King Solomon's gross idolatry (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah). Thereafter, the Kingdom of Israel (see How Did Israel Separate Itself From The Messianic King?) and then the Kingdom of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) were also destroyed because of their idolatry.
The prophet Jeremiah spent forty years of his life serving as a true prophet of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). Jeremiah warned Judah that their idolatry was going to result in their fall if they didn't repent of it. In the end, they didn't repent of it, so they fell (see The Sinking Of His Majesty's Vessel, Judah).
A remnant of the people of Judah fled to Egypt (see The Flight To Tahpanhes), forcing Jeremiah to go with them. Their arrogant, defiant attitude toward the LORD was as fierce as ever. Despite all that they had brought upon themselves, they refused to be liberated from their worthless idols - the delusions of their imaginations.
"44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying, 44:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, 44:3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers. 44:4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate. 44:5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods. 44:6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.Their aggressive response to the LORD was "We will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done."
"44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. 44:17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.The LORD then left them to their self-chosen fate.
"44:24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: 44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
Fact Finder: When did idolatry begin?
This Day In History, October 10
19: Germanicus, Roman general and nephew of Emperor Tiberius (Tiberius was the Roman emperor at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), died at age 34 from poisoning. Note that Germanicus, from which the national name Germany is based, was a Roman name. It's no coincidence that the full official name of the "Holy Roman Empire" was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1560: Jacob Arminius was born. The Dutch theologian's teachings brought about Arminianism (a doctrine of election based upon God's foreknowledge).
1580: After a three-day siege, the English Army beheaded 600 Irish and Papal soldiers and civilians at Dun an Oir, Ireland.
1733: France declared war on Austrian Emperor Charles VI after Augustus III was elected in Poland instead of the French preferred candidate Stanislav Leszczynski.
1780: The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed up to 30,000 people in the Caribbean Sea region.
1864: The Canadian Fathers of Confederation met at the Quebec Conference to discuss the political union of British North America. The 33 delegates from Upper and Lower Canada ("Upper" and "Lower" were geographic terms based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean i.e. Upper Canada was Ontario and Lower Canada was Quebec), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island passed 72 resolutions as an outline to the proposed union; these eventually formed the core of The British North America Act, the original Constitution of Canada.
1911: The Panama Canal officially opened.
1911: Chinese nationalist leader Sun Yat Sen proclaimed a republic at Wuchang (The Wuchang Uprising) and began the revolution that overthrew the Manchu dynasty.
1918: During the First World War, the German submarine UB-123 sank the Irish mail and passenger boat Leinster in the Irish Sea. Of the over 770 people aboard the ship, over 500 were killed.
1935: A coup by the pro-monarchy Greek Armed Forces took place in Athens. It overthrew the government of Panagis Tsaldaris and established a regency under Georgios Kondylis, thereby ending the Second Hellenic Republic.
1938: Germany completed its occupation of the Sudetenland by taking part of Czechoslovakia. It was one of the acts of aggression by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) that resulted in the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1973: U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew pleaded guilty in a Baltimore courtroom to tax evasion and accepting kickbacks. Agnew resigned later that day and was replaced by Gerald Ford, who then later became President after Richard Nixon resigned to avoid criminal prosecution for "Watergate" (Ford was the only man to serve as both U.S. Vice-president and President without ever being elected to either office).
1985: U.S. warplanes intercepted an Egyptian civilian airliner and forced it to land in Italy. The commandeering was executed to arrest passengers who had been responsible for the earlier hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro during which elderly wheelchair-bound Jewish-U.S. passenger Leon Klinghoffer was murdered.
1995: Israel began its West Bank pullback and freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners after a deal with the PLO ("Palestine Liberation Organization").