I had hoped to just read straight through some chapters just to get caught up, but the text is all jammed up with meaning and interesting tidbits! In ch. 15 God refuses even the intercession of Moses and Samuel, both of whom successfully interceded with God for His people in their day. This statement sheds light on the several times God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people: He has already made up His mind, and will hear no intercessory prayers at this time. He then goes on to make the case for the double-predestinationists: Those destined for plague, to the plague, etc.
And all this on account of Manasseh, a particularly wicked and idolatrous king who lived a full generation prior to Jeremiah’s prophecies.
In one of Jeremiah’s few references to the Davidic kingship, 17:25 promises eternality for perfect adherence to the Sabbath as representative of following the whole of God’s law.
Consider how we would view someone who today spoke the words of Jeremiah in 20:3-5 to a public official or church leader: He would be called insane, and possibly locked up if a judge could be convinced that he presented a danger to himself or others. And judging by Jeremiah’s lament in the following verses it seems he felt that way himself! And Jeremiah even decided to prophesy no more, but the word of the Lord cannot be contained. (20:9)
Jeremiah is not exhibiting Christ-like forgiveness and mercy here! Repeatedly he calls upon God to shame, humiliate, and destroy those who persecute him. Sure, God Himself has instructed Jeremiah not to pray for them, but still, that hardly seems like fitting behavior for a messenger of God!
And yes, I’m going to leave unexamined the passages in ch. 18 regarding the conflicting ideas of predestination and God changing His mind due to the actions of people, and how all these things happen to entire nations with no regard for the individuals of which they consist.