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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
Jesus, we feel pressed to pray for Jeremiah and provide hospitality or give him a break somehow. Let us take that same sentiment and provide it as support to those who serve you today. Increase our faith and service Lord. Amen
11 – The title of this chapter -from any angle you view it- is basically, “The Covenant is Broken”. To put it in today’s terms. Your daddy has given you a vehicle, it has a lifetime warranty, bumper to bumper 100% insurance coverage ‘forever’. You’ve been granted a gas card to swipe at any station in the world. Maintenance is also “on the house”. It’s the most beautiful car you ever saw. It is far beyond better than what you were hoping to get. All that’s required is that you drive sensibly, safely, share rides with those who need it as time affords and go to church on Sunday. Easy enough? Well in chapter 11 of Jeremiah, you’ve been pulled over for driving 85 is a 35 mph zone [AGAIN!], you are inebriated, it’s a 7 passenger car and you have 12 people in it -no one has a seatbelt on, music is blaring and you can’t even hear the policeman trying to ask for your license and registration. You think you should be let off because your daddeo is mayor and you insist you be allowed to drive on and instead you are forced to get out for a DUI test. The others in the car start plotting that they should burn the police car because their “fun” has been interrupted. btw, this is the 60th time you have been pulled over in similar fashion.
14 – There is a drought. The famine is going to get worse. The enemy is armed and is coming. It is awful and it will be more awful before Jerusalem falls silent! Still Jeremiah prays for this people. He cares for them in this manner and in the continuing prayer (that goes into ch. 15). Jeremiah is sounding sort of like Jesus languishing that he would like to gather Jerusalem in his arms but they wouldn’t. Jeremiah’s prayer here is spot-on accurate theology. He has the wherewithall to utter, “Oh Lord Our God … our hope is in you. He may have been the only one in the city praying this but Jeremiah is stallwart in heart to articulate his prayer as he does.