The people plead their case (Jer 14:19-14:22)

“Have you completely rejected Judah?

Does your heart loathe Zion?

Why have you struck us down?

Why is there is no healing for us?

We look for peace.

But we find no good.

We look for a time of healing.

But there is terror instead.

We acknowledge our wickedness!

O Yahweh!

We acknowledge the iniquity of our ancestors!

We have sinned against you!

Do not spurn us!

For your name’s sake,

Do not dishonor your glorious throne!

Remember!

Do not break your covenant with us!

Can any idols of the nations bring rain?

Can the heavens give showers?

Is it not you,

O Yahweh!

Our God?

We set our hope on you.

You do all this.”

Once again, Jeremiah presents the people of Judah pleading their case for God’s mercy. They wanted to know how God could reject Judah and loath Zion, Jerusalem. Why were they stricken? Why was there no healing? They looked for peace, but there was none. Instead of healing, there was more terror. They acknowledged their own wickedness that they shared with their ancestors. They had sinned against Yahweh, God. However, they did not want to be spurned by Yahweh, because that would dishonor his name. They wanted Yahweh to remember his covenant and not break it with them. Then they pointed out that Yahweh could bring rain and showers, but the idols of other nations could not do that. They still had their hope in Yahweh, despite everything, because Yahweh was all powerful.

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Yahweh is the creator (Isa 45:7-45:8)

“I form light.

I create darkness.

I make well being.

I create woe.

I am Yahweh.

I do all these things.

Shower!

O heavens!

From above!

Let the skies rain down righteousness!

Let the earth open!

Thus salvation may spring up.

Let it cause righteousness

To spring up also!

I!

Yahweh!

Have created it.”

Yahweh, in the first person singular, maintains his creative power here in Second Isaiah. He has created light and darkness. He has created good things and bad things. He is Yahweh. He sends showers and rain upon the righteous ones. He wants the earth to open up and let salvation spring forth. The righteous ones should flourish because Yahweh has created all things.