TODAY’S READING: JEREMIAH 25-27
“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord.” – Jeremiah 26:1
When we look into Jeremiah 26, we see that it is describing the beginning of the reign of Jesus.
The name Jehoiakim means Yahweh raises up or the Lord will set up.
In John 12:31-32, Jesus said, “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Jesus is the one that Yahweh raised up, which refers to his crucifixion. Jesus’ crucifixion was the judgment of this world and the time that the ruler of this world, Satan, was cast out. It was at the cross that there was a change in rulership of this world. The cross was the beginning of the reign of Jesus.
The name Josiah has several meanings, including the despair of Yahweh, Yah supports, or Yahweh heals (among others).
For God, allowing his son to be crucified by his own creation had to bring despair to him. The cross was even a place of despair for Jesus. We get a glimpse of this in Psalm 69:20-21, which says, “Reproaches have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” Indeed, Jesus was offered sour wine to drink just before he died.
Jesus was continually healing people throughout his ministry. Acts 10:38 says, “He went about doing good and healing all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.” But, our ultimate healing came when Jesus was crucified. This is why Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Throughout the rest of the chapter, there are many parallels between Jeremiah and Jesus. The word Jeremiah was to give was in hopes that every one would turn from his evil way. Jesus started his ministry by saying, “Repent, the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Part of the word Jeremiah was to give was that if Israel would not repent of their evil deeds then the temple would be made like the house of Shiloh. Shiloh was the first place in the promised land that the tabernacle was set up and therefore where God’s place rested.
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The Greek word for dwelt literally means tabernacled. Jesus tabernacled among us and through his tabernacling among us we saw the glory of the Father.
Then, in John 2, Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple. John 2:18-19 says, “So the Jews said to him, ‘What sign do you show us for doing these things?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'”
Of course, Jesus wasn’t speaking about physical temple, but his body. Jesus is saying that his tabernacle, his physical body, would be destroyed just like the tabernacle in Shiloh if the Jews did not repent of their evil ways. Therefore, Psalm 78:60-61 says, “He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind, and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe.”
In Jeremiah, the priests and officials said that Jeremiah deserved the sentence of death for the word he was bringing.
Mark 14:58-59 says, “‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.”‘ Yet even this their testimony did not agree.” At Jesus’ trial, the word he gave was brought up about him destroying his temple and raising it three days later. “And they all condemned him as deserving death.”
Jeremiah even prophesied that if they put him to death then they would be bringing innocent blood upon themselves.
After Judas betrayed Jesus, he took the 30 pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders. Judas said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” (Matthew 27:4)
So, that Jeremiah 26 is all about the lead up to the cross, the beginning the reign of Jesus. For, while Jesus was born king, he was exalted to the throne after his crucifixion.
Therefore, Philippians 2:8-10 says, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”