Jeremiah 11:4 - Obey God Abiding In Him And He Will Abide In You.

Jer.11:4: Obey God And He Will Abide In You and You In Him.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Jeremiah 11:4 (NIV)  the terms I commanded your forefathers when 
I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.' I 
said, 'Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my 
people, and I will be your God.  

Jeremiah 11:4 (CWR)  These are the same terms I gave to your 
ancestors when I first brought them out of Egypt, the place that was like 
an oven to them.  I said, 'Obey and do the things I ask you to do, 
and you will be my people and I will be your God.' And they agreed. 

Iron furnace. Figure, denoting the harsh servitude of Israel in 
Egypt, [SDA Commentary] 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Jeremiah announced Judah's punishment for breaking her covenant 
with God (11:1-17). Jeremiah's life was threatened, and God responded 
to the angry prophet's appeal (v. 18-12:17). Jeremiah delivered 
five symbolic warnings (13:1-27) to a people who "greatly love to 
wander" (14:1-15), and then graphically portrayed the coming disaster 
(v. 16-15:9). But the prophet, who bore God's name, would be kept 
safe (vv. 10-21). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 


The Broken Covenant  (11:1-23)
The Terms of This Covenant  (11:1-14)

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Deut. 28:1 (KJV)  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt 
hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to 
do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the 
Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)  And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great 
delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of 
the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken 
than the fat of rams.  

Isaiah 48:10 (KJV)  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with 
silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.  

Jeremiah 7:22-23 (KJV)  For I spake not unto your fathers, nor 
commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, 
concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: [23] But this thing commanded I 
them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be 
my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, 
that it may be well unto you.  

Jeremiah 24:7 (KJV)  And I will give them an heart to know me, 
that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their 
God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.  

Jeremiah 31:31-33 (KJV)  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, 
that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with 
the house of Judah: [32] Not according to the covenant that I made 
with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring 
them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although 
I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: [33] But this shall be 
the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those 
days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and 
write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my 

Ezekiel 37:23 (KJV)  Neither shall they defile themselves any 
more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any 
of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their 
dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they 
be my people, and I will be their God.  

Matthew 28:20 (KJV)  Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world. Amen.  

Hebrews 5:9 (KJV)  And being made perfect, he became the author 
of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  

Hebrews 8:10 (KJV)  For this is the covenant that I will make 
with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put 
my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will 
be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

Most believe this sermon was delivered during the reign of 
Josiah, just after the lost Law of the LORD had been rediscovered in the 
temple. Despite Josiah's active efforts at reform, the Prophet Jeremiah 
was called to remind Judah of the terms of her ancient covenant with 
God. If the people obeyed wholeheartedly, God said, "I will fulfill 
the oath I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing 
with milk and honey." But Jeremiah was also told to confront. God 
knew that the house of Judah had "broken the covenant I made with 
their forefathers," and that their towns were filled with pagan idols. 
Because of the broken covenant the LORD had "decreed disaster for you." 
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

God's covenant leaves people two choices--blessings or cursings 
(Dt 27:12-28:68). To accept God's covenant is to commit oneself to 
obey God. This does not represent a way of earning salvation through 
good works. It represents the reality of spiritual life. God acted in 
love and grace to make the covenant relationship possible (Ge 17; Ex 
19-24; Jer 11:4-5). Accepting the covenant is not earning salvation. It 
is committing oneself to God and His way of life, a way that leads 
to blessing. Sin is a rebellion against the relationship, the 
choice of another way of life, a way leading to curse. The passage 
indicates the abiding nature of the covenant. God has not forgotten His 
people or His covenant with them. God expects His people to obey the 
commands of the covenant and to live in fellowship with Him. [Disciple 

God is waiting to do wonderful things for those who simply trust 
and obey him. When we decide to reject God's program, we 
automatically choose the world's rules for life and the consequences that 
accompany them. The world will always hand us disappointment in the long 
run. God promises that wonderful things will be ours when we decide 
to obey him. [Life Recovery SB] 

God gave his people the terms for their restoration: he asked 
for their obedience. We can see from this passage that God already 
knew that they would refuse to repent. They had enjoyed their 
father's sins and preferred idols to the true God. We may consider God's 
price too high and the reward too delayed for giving up the pleasures 
of our sin. When this is our attitude, we will reap a harvest of 
suffering when the time is ripe. Keeping the long view in mind helps us to 
choose God's way. [Life Recovery SB] 

God would bring disaster on Israel if they did not repent; He 
would refuse to hear their prayers and let foreigners invade who would 
kill and exile many. God granted the Israelites an opportunity to 
acknowledge their sin and repent.... God's demands are not unreasonable. He 
does not destroy us every time we sin. He shows patience with our 
human frailty, but he cannot tolerate repeated, rebellious sin. 
[Inspirational SB] 

Jeremiah was told, "Do not pray for this people" (v. 14). For 
them it was too late. It's not too late for us. But our commitment 
must be more than settling comfortably into some Sunday pew, and 
putting our dollars in the offering plate. Only complete moral and 
spiritual commitment are appropriate to our own covenant relationship with 
God in Christ. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Moses, the servant of God, and Samuel, the first prophet in 
Israel. What do these two great men of the Old Testament have in common? 
The answer may shock and disturb you. God declared that their 
combined prayers would not be sufficient to avert the disaster soon to 
come upon rebellious Judah (15:1). [Your Daily Walk SB] 

Prayer becomes useless for a people who forget they made a 
covenant to obey God and who ignore the lessons of judgment from history. 
Faithfulness to the one God is the first lesson of history. Judgment is the 
only other option. [Disciple SB] 

God sees, hears and knows everything - including our prayers. 
Nothing escapes his attention. Why then did God say he would not listen 
to the people's cries for help? There are several possible 
In this case, God did not respond because judgment was 
unavoidable. Judah had disobeyed God's laws and ignored his pleas for so long 
that judgment was, in effect, already on the way. Their cries were 
too little, too late. God even told Jeremiah not to pray for the 
people (11:14; 14:11-12) - that not even Moses and Samuel could have 
persuaded him to offer further compassion to them (15:1). 
It's also possible that people sometimes sabotage their own 
prayers. The Bible mentions several attitudes and actions that can 
short-circuit our prayers: sin (Deut. 1:45; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; Jer. 
14:10-12), disobedience (Prov. 28:9), hypocrisy and insincerity (Isaiah 
29:13; Mal. 1:7-9), wrong motives (Matt. 6:5-6; Luke 18:11-14; James 
4:3), lack of faith (Heb. 11:6; James 1:6) and even marital problems 
(1 Peter 3:7). 
Finally, what sometimes appears to be no answer to prayer may 
actually be a delayed answer (Daniel 10:12-13). Other times God may deny 
our request in order to give us something better than what we knew 
to ask for. [Quest SB] 

There is a time to pray ... to repent ... to come to God on your 
knees. But there is coming a day when it will be too late to pray - for 
yourself or another. 
Today you have the freedom to seek God or to avoid Him, to 
acknowledge your need or to sidestep the issue. Today many people may be 
praying for you: your spouse, children, parents, friends, minister. And 
you may choose to scoff at those prayers. But the alternative to 
getting right with God is getting left - waking up to a day in which 
even Moses and Samuel could not move God in prayer on your behalf. 
Isaiah 55:6 states, "Seek ... the Lord while he may be found." 
And when you obey that command, you'll find a wonderful promise 
waiting for you in Hebrews 11:6! [Your Daily Walk SB] 

Have I ever come to a place in my experience where I can say - 
"I indeed - but He"? Until that moment does come, I will never know 
what the baptism of the Holy Ghost means. I indeed am at an end, I 
cannot do a thing: but He begins just there - He does the thing no one 
else can ever do. Am I prepared for His coming?... It is just there 
that He comes. Wherever I know I am unclean, He will put His feet: 
Wherever I think I am clean, He will withdraw them.... When I repent, I 
realize that I am utterly helpless; I know all through me that I am not 
worthy even to bear His shoes. Have I repented like that? Or is there a 
lingering suggestion of standing up for myself? The reason God cannot come 
into my life is because I am not through into repentance. "He shall 
baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire." John does not speak of the 
baptism of the Holy Ghost as an experience, but as a work performed by 
Jesus Christ. "He shall baptize you." (From My Utmost for His Highest 
by Oswald Chambers) [Inspirational SB] 

Think back over the last seven days and count up the number of 
people you have talked to in that period of time: family members, 
fellow employees, classmates, friends, neighbors, service people, shop 
clerks. Don't forget those you spoke to by phone or letter, over a cup 
of coffee or over the back fence. 
Now subtract the number of those who are already Christians. How 
many are left? Five, ten, twenty, or more? That represents the number 
of opportunities you have each week to offer hope, encouragement, 
and a word of witness to a lost world. 
Jeremiah's "hiding" of the linen cloth quickly spoiled its 
usefulness. In much the same way you may be "hiding" yourself and - like 
Judah - are in danger of becoming spoiled and useless. Muscles that 
are never used soon atrophy and weaken; the same is true for 
spiritual muscles. The only known cure is exercise and plenty of it! Is it 
time for you to "come out of hiding" and get some exercise in the 
work of the Lord? Drop by your Christian bookstore and pick up a few 
gospel tracts. Then look for - and seize - a few of these opportunities 
to tell your world about God's Good News this week. [Daily Walk