Dave Burnette's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 8

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 People Are Deceived by False Teachers (v 1-21)

Jeremiah 8 Commentary 

(8:1-2) Idol Worshipers - The threat that the graves of Judah's people would be opened was horrible to a people who highly honored the dead and believed that opening a grave was the highest desecration. This would be an ironic punishment for idol worshipers: Their bones would be laid out before the sun, moon, and stars--the gods they thought could save them. 

(8:4-6) Sinful Lives - When people fall down, it only makes sense for them to get up; when they realize that they are headed in the wrong direction, it only makes sense for them to change direction. But as God watched the nation, he saw people willfully living sinful lives, deceiving themselves into believing that they would experience no consequences for their choices. They had lost perspective concerning God's will for their lives and were trying to minimize their sin. Are there some indicators that you have fallen down or are heading the wrong way? What are you doing to get back on the right path? 

(8:16) Dan - Dan was the northernmost tribe in Israel. 

(8:18-19) Compassion - Jeremiah was pleading with God to save his people. His grief shows his compassion for those who rejected God. Do you have the same compassion for those who have turned away from God? 

(8:20-22) Rejecting God - These words vividly portray Jeremiah's emotion as he watched his people reject God. He responded with anguish to a world dying in sin. We watch that same world still dying in sin, still rejecting God. But how often do our hearts break for our lost friends and neighbors, our lost world? Only when we have Jeremiah's kind of passionate concern will we be moved to reach out. We must begin by asking God to break our hearts for the world he loves. 

(8:22) A Healing Balm - Gilead was famous for its healing balm (medicine). Jeremiah asks a rhetorical question. The obvious answer is yes--God could heal them--but Israel was not applying the "balm"; they were not obeying the Lord. Although the people's spiritual sickness was still very deep, it could be healed. But the people refused the medicine. God could heal their self-inflicted wounds, but he would not force his healing on them.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

False Prophets

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 8. In our text today, we see false teachers deceive the people as they do not know the Word of God and go in the wrong direction. In making an application, we see that false prophets use the ignorance of the people's knowledge of the Word of God. Today, we see people believing all kinds of false information because they don't know the Word of God. A false prophet can use part of the truth to teach their false doctrine. Just as Satan said, "hath God said..." challenging them on their position on God's Word, the modern-day false prophets do the same. How about you? Do you understand God's Word? Let us learn from our text today that we have false prophets among us, just as they did in Jeremiah's time. If we do not read and understand the Word of God, then we, too, can be led astray by false prophets.


Jeremiah 8

Jeremiah 8

 1At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:

 2And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.

 3And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

 4Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?

 5Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

 6I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

 7Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

 8How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.

 9The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?

 10Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

 11For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

 12Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

 13I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

 14Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.

 15We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!

 16The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.

 17For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

 18When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.

 19Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?

 20The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

 21For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

 22Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?