Jeremiah Chapter 10
3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.
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Jeremiah Chapter 10 Bible commentary...
The absurdity of idolatry. (1-16) Destruction denounced against Jerusalem. (17-25)1-16 The prophet shows the glory of Israel's God, and exposes the folly of idolaters. Charms and other attempts to obtain supernatural help, or to pry into futurity, are copied from the wicked customs of the heathen. Let us stand in awe, and not dare provoke God, by giving that glory to another which is due to him alone. He is ready to forgive, and save all who repent and believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Faith learns these blessed truths from the word of God; but all knowledge not from that source, leads to doctrines of vanity.
17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Insight 777's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 12/29/2014, 4:26pm...
There is another possibility of understanding verses 3 to 5. It might not be referencing a Christmas tree at all. It could be referencing the use of cell phones and other machines that use a cell tower like laptops. In some places cell towers are actually disguised as palm trees so that they fit into the landscape more naturally. They are expensive to make and the computer technology uses silver and gold in the circuits. It might be that Israel is being warned to not be afraid of this usage of technology as a threat. It could also be a warning not to hack into the conversations for intel. Verse 10 seems to lead one to think the Lord will create a natural occurrence such as a solar flare, EMP, that will take out electronics. I think Verse 14 is talking about computers. Verse 21 may be referencing pastors that use TV and the internet for money, personal gain, and not to truly help people understand the words of GOD. When TV and the internet goes down then the flocks or followers of that type of evangelism will scatter meaning be disconnected.
Nick's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment about verse 3 on 12/21/2014, 12:49pm...
It is more than just the tree. The following verses continue to inform us that the decorated tree is a false idol, and not to be worshipped, or commonly stated admired. Further more, other verses warns to be weary of all Manmade holidays.
Joseph Labonte's Jeremiah Chapter 10 comment on 11/14/2014, 10:14pm...
It 's about the tree and the custom 's and tradition 's of men. It 's clear as crystal, and yet so many defend their beloved FESTIVITIES. The text is so.... CLEAR. Learn not the way of the HEATHEN.
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