Dave Burnette's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 35

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jeremiah
Date Penned: (627-586 BC)
Overview: To Urge God's People to Turn from Sin to God (c 1-52)
Theme: God's Judgement on Judah (c 1-45)
Message:   The Rechabites Demonstrate Obedience (v 1-19)

Jeremiah 35 Commentary 

(35:1-19) A Steadfast Commitment - The Rechabites' code of conduct resembled that of the Nazarites, who took a special vow of dedication to God (Numbers 6). For 200 years, they had obeyed their ancestor's vow to abstain from wine. While the rest of the nation was breaking its covenant with God, these people were steadfast in their commitment. God wanted the rest of his people to remain as committed to their covenant with him as the Rechabites were to their vow. God had Jeremiah tempt the Rechabites with wine to demonstrate their commitment and dedication. God knew they wouldn't break their vow. 

(35:6) Jonadab - Jonadab, son of Rechab, had joined Jehu in purging the northern kingdom of Baal worship (2 Kings 10:15-28). 

(35:13-17) Obey God's Word - There is a vivid contrast between the Rechabites and the other Israelites: (1) The Rechabites kept their vows to a fallible human leader; the people of Israel broke their covenant with their infallible divine leader. (2) Jonadab told his family one time not to drink, and they obeyed; God commanded the Israelites constantly to turn from sin, and they refused. (3) The Rechabites obeyed laws that dealt with temporal issues; Israel refused to obey God's laws, which dealt with eternal issues. (4) The Rechabites had obeyed for hundreds of years; Israel had disobeyed for hundreds of years. (5) The Rechabites would be rewarded; Israel would be punished. We are often willing to observe customs merely for the sake of tradition--how much more should we obey God's Word because it is eternal!


Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Real Judge

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Jeremiah with chapter 35. In our text today, we see the Rechabite family demonstrate obedience. At the same time, the people of Israel disobeyed the Lord and suffered the consequences. In making applications, we genuinely have consequences for the decisions we make. Today, some believe there are no consequences for the choices they make. They think they are the judge of everything they do, but God is the judge. He will reward and correct those according to His Word. How about you? Are you your judge? Let us learn from our text today and obedience of the Rechabites, the disobedience of Israel, to remember that we do have consequences to decisions we make, no matter what we decide is right or wrong, to see that our Lord is the judge. He judges us according to His Word.


Jeremiah 35

Jeremiah 35

 1The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

 2Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.

 3Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;

 4And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:

 5And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.

 6But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:

 7Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.

 8Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;

 9Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:

 10But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.

 11But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.

 12Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,

 13Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.

 14The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.

 15I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.

 16Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:

 17Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.

 18And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:

 19Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.