Jeremiah 35-36     Psalm 119:145-152     Revelation 14

Review: Jeremiah is instructed to serve wine to the Rechabites’ (35:1-5)…They refuse it (35:6)…Furthermore, their ancestral father had previously commanded them to have nothing to do with the “fruit of the vine” (35:7-10)…The Rechabites’ moved to walled Jerusalem to seek safety from invading Chaldeans and Syrians (35:11)…Rechabite obedience to their father’s commands is contrasted to Judah’s disobedience towards their Father’s commands (35:12-19)…Jeremiah tells Baruch to go to the Temple and read from a scroll the complaints of God against Judah (36:1-10)…The hierarchy, and everyone else, assembled hears Baruch and it is reported to King Jehoiakin (36:11-16)…Jehoiakin obtains the scroll and destroys it by way of fire (36:17-26)…Upon hearing of his destroyed work, Jeremiah reconstructs it (36:27-28) and informs Jehoiakin that he and his will be severely punished for his actions (36:29-32).

Review: Free wine (35:1-5) is most certainly a temptation (cp. Gen. 3:1-6, Jud. 16, Josh. 7, 2 Sam. 11, Prov. 7)…The unswerving obedience of the Rechabites’ to their ancestors oath (35:6-10) result in blessings (35:18-19)…Meanwhile “back at the ranch,” Israel  has continually refused to abide by the promise of its ancestors (cp. Ex. 19:1-8)…In the OT, disobedience results in judgement (35:17)…Temptation has been successfully resisted in the past (Gen. 14:17-24, 39:1-12, 2 Kings 5:1-19, Luke 4:1-13, Acts 8:14-25)…Whatever Baruch read was done 4 times (36:10) to make it clear to everyone who cared to know…Jehoiakin’s attempt to eradicate God’s Word is symbolic of his attempt to eradicate God Himself from Judah’s society…The examples of the same in our society are plentiful…Jeremiah’s rewriting demonstrates the endurance of God’s Word and also of God Himself…His rewriting with additions (36:32) gives insight into how Jeremiah wrote his book.  It is nearly equal parts pertaining to the time in which he lived through and the subjects of his concerns (foreign threats, Judah and its leaders stupidity, and so on)…This makes his writing disjointed…Not unlike my own!