Jeremiah 14, 15: Futile Prayers

Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, Then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me; If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, But you must not return to them. Jer. 15:19

 

Prayer’s are fruitless

 

Drought; 14:1-12.  When a drought strikes Judah, the people beg God to send water, but ignore their sins.  God makes a stern reply.  Judah will be punished for her sins.  Jeremiah is not to pray for this people.  This theme, that Judah’s sins have at last brought her beyond the help of prayer, is sounded often in Jeremiah.

False Prophets; 14:13-15:2  Jeremiah’s unpopular warnings are ignored.  False prophets, whom God has not sent, tell lies in the Lord’s name.  The contradict the message of judgment and promise that no famine or sword will touch Judah.  Jeremiah is told to confront them!  He is to announce a disaster so sure that even if Moses and Samuel should pray for Judah, God would not listen.

God’s people are destined for death, the sword, starvation, and captivity.

Four Destroyers: 15:3-21 Graphically, the prophet now exposes the fate that awaits his people.  But then, in an iorn captivity, Judah will finally turn to God.  Then God’s words will sustain her, as if they were food.  Then at last a remnant will listen to the message Jeremiah has so urgently proclaimed:  it is not prayer, but repentance and obedience that will deliver God’s people and cause him to save them.