ImmerseProphets - Page 284


of Heaven’s Ar­mies, the God of Is­ra­el, says: Go and say to the people in
Ju­dah and Je­ru­sa­lem, ‘Come and learn a lesson about how to obey me. The
Re­cabites do not drink wine to this day because their ancestor Je­hon­a­dab
told them not to. But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse
to obey me. Time after time I sent you prophets, who told you, “Turn from
your wicked ways, and start doing things right. Stop worshiping other gods
so that you might live in peace here in the land I have given to you and your
ancestors.” But you would not listen to me or obey me. The descendants
of Je­hon­a­dab son of Re­cab have obeyed their ancestor completely, but you
have refused to listen to me.’
“Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Ar­mies, the God of
Is­ra­el, says: ‘Because you refuse to listen or answer when I call, I will send
upon Ju­dah and Je­ru­sa­lem all the disasters I have threatened.’”
Then Jer­e­mi­ah turned to the Re­cabites and said, “This is what the Lord
of Heaven’s Ar­mies, the God of Is­ra­el, says: ‘You have obeyed your ances­
tor Je­hon­a­dab in every respect, following all his instructions.’ Therefore,
this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Ar­mies, the God of Is­ra­el, says: ‘Je­hon­
a­dab son of Re­cab will always have descendants who serve me.’”
During the fourth year that Je­hoi­ak­ im son of Jo­si­ah was king in Ju­dah, the
Lord gave this message to Jer­e­mi­ah: “Get a scroll, and write down all my
messages against Is­ra­el, Ju­dah, and the other nations. Begin with the first
message back in the days of Jo­si­ah, and write down every message, right
up to the pres­ent time. Perhaps the people of Ju­dah will repent when they
hear again all the terrible things I have planned for them. Then I will be
able to forgive their sins and wrongdoings.”
So Jer­e­mi­ah sent for Bar­uch son of Ne­ri­ah, and as Jer­e­mi­ah dictated
all the prophecies that the Lord had given him, Bar­uch wrote them on a
scroll. Then Jer­e­mi­ah said to Bar­uch, “I am a prisoner here and unable to
go to the Temple. So you go to the Temple on the next day of fasting, and
read the messages from the Lord that I have had you write on this scroll.
Read them so the people who are there from all over Ju­dah will hear them.
Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s
forgiveness before it is too late. For the Lord has threatened them with
his terrible anger.”
Bar­uch did as Jer­e­mi­ah told him and read these messages from the Lord
to the people at the Temple. He did this on a day of sa­cred fasting held in
late autumn, during the fifth year of the reign of Je­hoi­a­kim son of Jo­si­ah.
People from all over Ju­dah had come to Je­ru­sa­lem to attend the services
at the Temple on that day. Bar­uch read Jer­e­mi­ah’s words on the scroll to

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