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CHAPTER 18 — Looks like we have a little of the “blame game” going on in this chapter, that started wayyyyyyyy back with Adam and Eve….Adam said Eve caused it….Eve said the serpent caused it…..and the serpent….well of course he was no where to be found!!!
These people both in Babylon and Jeremiah dealt with the same question back in Jerusalem. The people are saying basically they are being punished for the sins of their fathers.
” ‘The fathers eat sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (18:2)
God comes back (through Ezekiel) and says NOPE …that is not how it works. You are being punished for your OWN sins…..for worshiping idols, following false prophets, sacrificing your own children to other gods and simply refusing to follow me and helping those in need!! NOW..your sins happen to be the SAME sins your fathers committed but you are being punished for what YOU have done…no one else.
So then what is the contrast to this? They were not punished for their fathers’ sins, and we need to know we are not Saved based on our father’s faith, prayers, their cries on our behalf, or through any of our works…..the ONLY way to be SAVED is through believing in Jesus Christ and confessing our personal sins to HIM and repenting.
CHAPTER 19 — It took me a couple of times of reading this and a commentary or two to grasp exactly what was happening in this chapter. This is an illustration of what would happen to David’s line. The Lion is always used to represent the line of Judah, once great and powerful but now uprooted and planted in the desert. The first cub was Jehoahaz who was taken to Egypt. The second cub was either Jehoiachin or Zedekiah, both who were taken into captivity in Babylon.
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