Jeremiah – Chapter 20: Jeremiah and Pashhur

Our trek through Jeremiah continues today, so let’s jump right in.

“When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things,  he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple.” – Jeremiah 20:1

Clearly, Jeremiah was unliked, which is true of pretty much every “prophet” we see today.

“For this is what the Lord says: ‘I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies.’” – Jeremiah 20:4

God once again punishes the wrong people. Instead of punishing the priest, God kills the priest’s friends. God is stupid.

“Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause.” – Jeremiah 20:12

These are the words of Jeremiah. I think we can all agree that Jeremiah declares himself a prophet and when the people don’t believe him, because who would, Jeremiah gets pissy and upset.

“Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?” – Jeremiah 20:18

It’s time for Jeremiah to find a new career path.

What did we learn in this chapter? Jeremiah is unliked and no one believes him. Who would? We ignore prophets today for what they are…liars. Jeremiah is a liar and now is upset that the people are calling him out.

Coming Soon: Jeremiah – Chapter 21: God Rejects Zedekiah’s Request

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