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2015 November 15

Duel After a Masked Ball (1857)
Jean-Leon Gerome (1824-1904)
Academic Style
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Jeremiah 20 a "duel" erupted between Pashur (the instigator) and Jeremiah. Spiritually, however, the duel was fatal to Pashur. After Jeremiah learned and delivered the lessons of the potter (in the previous two chapters), Pashur struck Jeremiah for delivering his message and put him in prison for a day (1-2). When Pashur released Jeremiah, Jeremiah said, "The LORD does not call your name Pashur ["Liberation"], but 'Terror on Every Side' " (3). Pashur and his friends, said Jeremiah, were about to be assailed by troops, killed, taken captive to Babylon, despoiled of the treasures of the city and the treasures of the kings of Judah; and Pashur and his family and friends would go into captivity to Babylon, die there, and be buried there (4-6). Having delivered this message, Jeremiah then turned to the LORD and complained that the LORD had deceived him and prevailed against him, citing the derision and mocking which he experienced daily because the people mocked his message (7-8). To avoid the mockery, he attempted to say nothing; but the LORD's words were like fire in his bones, and he could not remain silent; meanwhile, his persecutors waited for him to stumble; but it was they who would fall (9-12). Momentarily, Jeremiah sang praise to the LORD who delivered him from his persecutors (13). But he quickly lapsed back into his depression; and he cursed the day he was born, and the man who brought news of his birth to his father, wishing he had never come forth from the womb, and lamenting the labor, sorrow, and shame that burdened him (14-18).
     Today's painting is a symbol of the spiritual duel which transpired between Jeremiah and Pashur.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Jeremiah 18. Jeremiah 19. Jeremiah 20. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]

Jeremiah 20

1. Prophecies for Judah + Jerusalem's Fall & the Aftermath
(1:1 - 45:5) - 627 - 560 B.C., Israel
A. Jeremiah's Call (1)
B. Prophecies and Events in Judah and Jerusalem (2-45)
1). Until the Fall of Jerusalem (2-39)

          i). The LORD's Ninth Word:
          Israel is Destined for Destruction and Plunder (18:1 - 20:18)
          (1). The Pottery Images (18:1 - 19:15)
          a]. The LORD will Shape Israel's Destiny
          as the Potter Shapes Clay (18:1-23)
          b]. The LORD Will Smash the Nation
          Like a Clay Jar (19:1-15)
          (2). The Plunder Image:
          The Nation Will be Plundered for Violating the Sabbath


(2). The Plunder Image: The Nation Will be Plundered for Violating the Sabbath (20:1-18)

     1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. 2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD. 3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib. 4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. 5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon. 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
     7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.
     13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
     14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed. 15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad [glad glad]. 16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide; 17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me. 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?

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