The Book of JEREMIAH
James J. Barker
THE POINT OF NO RETURN Part 1
The LORD'S decision was final.
- Up by the Niagara Falls, there is a sign that says,
"Point of no return."
- If a boat goes beyond this point, it is too late and the
people in the boat will perish because the rapids are too swift and the
current is too strong to turn
back. Those who pass that point are carried over the falls to their
- It is at that point that no one could turn back -- they
have reached the "Point of no return."
- In the book of Jeremiah we see that Judah had reached
the point of no return.
- We have noted that the prophet Jeremiah was a great
intercessor (cf. 14:7-9, 20, 21).
- However, the people of Judah had reached the point of no
return (cf. 7:16; 11:14; 14:11).
- Here in chapter 15, the LORD refers to two of the great
intercessors in Scripture, Moses and Samuel, and tells
Jeremiah that even if these two great intercessors stood
before Him, His mind could not be favorable towards the backslidden people of
Judah (15:1, 6).
PRAYERS WOULD NOT BE
times sinners reach the point of no return. They can call on God but God will not
answer (15:1; cf. Proverbs 1:24-33; I Sam. 28:3-6).
unpopular job was to tell the people they had reached the point of no return.
The false prophets preached a popular,
upbeat message (14:13-16), but Jeremiah had to give it to them straight --
death, the sword, famine, and captivity were what they were to expect
punishment would be terrible -- the sword to slay, dogs to tear, and the fowls and
wild beasts to devour and destroy (15:3).
THE SIN OF KING MANASSEH HAD TO BE JUDGED
- God was going
to judge them and scatter them all over the earth because of King Manasseh, the son
of King Hezekiah, for the wicked things he did in Jerusalem
Manasseh reigned for 55 long years, and most of his reign was marked by
wickedness and idolatry. In fact,
II Kings 21:9 says that King Manasseh seduced the people of Judah "to do more
evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of
reminds us how one man can cause much evil, and the effects can last for many
generations (II Kings 21:1-16; 24:1-4).
Jeremiah 15:4, Merrill Unger wrote, "It is not implied that that the people were
responsible for Manasseh's sin, or that they were not responsible for their own
sin. They were responsible because
they followed in Manasseh's footsteps" (Unger's Commentary on the Old
MANASSEH REPENTED BUT THE DAMAGE WAS
Chronicles 33 tells us that though King Manasseh was the most wicked king that
ever sat on the throne in Jerusalem, he did repent. However, the damage was done
- We see
this happen often. Sinners get
right with God but they cannot undo the past.
Many parents get saved late in life but their children
never get right with God (cf. II Kings 21:18-26).