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Jeremiah’s continues instructing the people in what the Lord has said to them (verse 1). The Lord tells them not to learn the ways of those who do not worship Him, or do the same thing as those who do not make and keep covenants (verse 2). Those who have changed temple ordinances do not know what they are doing (verse 3). They cut down a tree with their own hands, decorate it using hammers also made out of trees (verse 4), and set them up as gods that have to be carried around because they are not alive – ironically because the people killed the tree by cutting it down (verse 5). The Lord says do not be afraid of these false gods, because they have no power and can do neither evil or good (verse 5).
No one is like the Lord, who is truly great and can do mighty things (verse 6). The people would do better to respect Him, and learn wisdom from Him, and have access to true power through Him (verse 7).
But the people will not, and so make themselves into foolish brutes who follow “a doctrine of vanities” (verse 8). Instead of truth, they want to feel good. Instead of ordinances, they want a fancy show (verse 9). Instead of worship, the emotionally manipulate.
But the Lord is the only true God, the living God, and the King of these worlds He has created (verse 10). All these false gods who were also created, who have themselves created nothing, will burn as quickly as any other firewood (verse 11). It is the Lord who made the earth and other planets, who wisely set its bounds and places and orbits (verse 12). It is the Lord who causes it to rain and who brings the wind (verse 13).
The people are foolish for not believing this when they know it to be false (verse 14). They do it because they want to do things their own way to be known for their own powers, but it is all false and fake gods will not be able to save them (verse 15). They are not behaving as Jacob did, who worked hard to worship the true God when surrounded by those who did not (verse 16).
The Lord warns the people to gather to Him (verse 17) before he scatters the people through their own consequences (verse 18). They have hurt Him and wounded Him, though He willingly grieves because He hopes the people will yet turn to Him (verse 19). The people have destroyed His temple, and do not pass on the true ordinances to their posterity, and so none worship Him (verse 20). Those who should be His patriarchs and bishops have become fools, not seeking the Lord, and so not receiving His blessings (verse 21). Those the Lord sends to deliver the consequences that the people have chosen are already on their way (verse 22).
The Lord knows that those who are wise will follow Him rather than trying to worship handmade gods (verse 23). The wise people who want to be His holy people, despite others around them, will ask for correction so they can progress rather than be destroyed (verse 24). Destruction, He promises, will only come to those who do not call upon Him for help (verse 25).