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In contrast to those who have refused to keep their covenants with the Lord, Jeremiah receives good news for the Rechabites (verse 1). The Rechabites are descendants from one of Moses’s wives (a Kenite), and accompanies the children of Israel into the promised land. The Lord tells Jeremiah to go to them (verse 2), and so Jeremiah does (verse 3). He gathers all of them togethe r(verse 4), and gives them drink, offering them wine (verse 5).
But the Rechabites refuse, saying their ancestors were commanded not to drink wine and so they have been obedient to that commandment (verse 6). They say they have also not built houses or tried to settle amongst the other people because they were told to only dwell in tents (verse 7). The entire family and their descendants have all been obedient to this, they tell Jeremiah (verse 8), from not building houses or planting vineyards or fields (verse 9) to only dwelling in tents (verse 10).
They explain that the only reason they are living in Jerusalem instead of wandering in the wilderness is because of the Chaldean army that has made it unsafe for them to wander through the countryside (verse 11).
The Lord then tells Jeremiah (verse 12) to go back to the people of Judah and ask why they do not follow simple instructions as the Rechabites have done so well (verse 13)? Jeremiah tells the people of Judah how the Rechabites have kept their covenants, but the Israelites won’t even listen to what the Lord tells them now (verse 14). The Lord tells them through Jeremiah that He continues sending them prophets, modern day prophets, for the people to listen to and learn from and be warned by, but they will not listen to the prophets (verse 15).
The Lord says that because the Rechabites have kept their covenants (verse 16), and because the Israelites have not (verse 17), the Israelites will be conquered by Babylon (verse 18) while the Rechabites will be blessed for their obedience and not destroyed (verse 19).