Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Jeremiah Chapter 7
Metaphysically Interpreting Jeremiah 7:1-15
7:1The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 7:2Stand in the gate of Jehovah's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of Jehovah, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship Jehovah. 7:3Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 7:4Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, are these.
7:5For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor; 7:6if ye oppress not the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your own hurt: 7:7then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, from of old even for evermore.
7:8Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 7:9Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods that ye have not known, 7:10and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered; that ye may do all these abominations? 7:11Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, saith Jehovah. 7:12But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I caused my name to dwell at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 7:13And now, because ye have done all these works, saith Jehovah, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not: 7:14therefore will I do unto the house which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 7:15And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
May 19, 1929: Jeremiah 7:1-11
How do revelations come from Spirit to man? Revelations from Spirit come when one is lifted up or exalted in thought. The revelation of Jehovah came to Jeremiah, when he demonstrated in consciousness the meaning of his name, “Jah is exalted.”
Jeremiah got his message while standing in the gate of Jehovah's house. Explain. Jehovah’s house is the consciousness that man's real body is spiritual, and also that the spiritual body has faculties corresponding to the five senses. One who is in a receptive state of mind can in this consciousness intercept the impulses from Spirit, and through spiritual understanding interpret them into words. Jeremiah said, “Hear the word of Jehovah.”
How may one dwell in this heavenly place? Jeremiah answers this question in verse 3: “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.”
What states of mind obscure the manifestation of man's spiritual body? The manifestation of man's spiritual body is obscured by thoughts of deception, injustice, theft, oppression, destruction, by material concepts of God, and by many other errors of thought which form what is called the carnal mind.
What does Jeremiah say that Jehovah will give to those who refrain from these carnal thoughts? According to Jeremiah, Jehovah promised, “Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, from of old even for evermore.”
What is the essence of Jeremiah's exhortation? The essence of Jeremiah's exhortation is that we must stop our lip-service, our rites and ceremonies, and our prayers for deliverance, while we are continuing to do the things that obstruct the manifestation of the perfect man; that we must change and demonstrate right doing. Jesus and Jeremiah are speaking as one voice, saying: “Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Every one that cometh unto me, and heareth my words, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house upon the earth without a foundation; against which the stream brake, and straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house was great.”
October 19, 1935: Jeremiah 7:1-11
Metaphysically, what is the “word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah”? This expression signifies the inspiration that comes to us when we are in an exalted state of mind as the result meditation and prayer. True inspiration stirs us to follow up our affirmations with appropriate action.
What is the chief purpose of repentance? Our ways and our doings must be amended to form a true expression of our affirmations before we can enter spiritual consciousness. This is the purpose of repentance.
What is the object of speaking the word? Speaking the word incites us to do the deed. The word is a prophecy of the deed.
How does a man execute justice between another man and his neighbor? By keeping in mind the principle of fair play, a man can judge between two other men without favoring the one or prejudicing the rights of the other.
The body is the temple of Jehovah. What does the commandment not to shed innocent blood in the temple mean? This commandment means that we should not drive the body without mercy in order to accomplish a certain task. Neither should we destroy the body by indulging sense appetites.
What other gods turn us from Truth? The desire for wealth or fame causes us to turn aside from the worship of Truth. We worship another god when we idolize another personality also.
October 9, 1949: Jeremiah 7:3-7
What is the best way to “amend” our ways and our doings? By denying erroneous habits of thinking and by affirming that we are expressing Truth here and now in all our ways.
Is the mere repeating of affirmations sufficient to transform our life? No. The repeating of affirmations does have a constructive effect, but if our life is to be transformed by them, we must realize the truth of our words and what they are producing in us. We must be thorough and not halfhearted in our obedience to the divine law. “Thoroughly amend your ways and your doings ... thoroughly execute justice,” and refrain from oppression in every form.
What results of such a transformed life are outwardly apparent? The chief result is a state of inner peace and stability. We are established also in the outer and made to “dwell in this place.”
Metaphysically Interpreting Jeremiah 7:16-34
7:16Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for I will not hear thee. 7:17Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?7:18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. 7:19Do they provoke me to anger? saith Jehovah; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces? 7:20Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, mine anger and my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
7:21Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt-offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat ye flesh. 7:22For 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: 7:23but this thing I commanded them, saying, Hearken unto my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and walk ye in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you. 7:24But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. 7:25Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day, I have sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: 7:26yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff: they did worse than their fathers.
7:27And thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 7:28And thou shalt say unto them, This is the nation that hath not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah their God, nor received instruction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
7:30For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in my sight, saith Jehovah: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it. 7:31And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded not, neither came it into my mind. 7:32Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that it shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter: for they shall bury in Topheth, till there be no place to bury. 7:33And the dead bodies of this people shall be food for the birds of the heavens, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall frighten them away. 7:34Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land shall become a waste.
May 19, 1929: Jeremiah 7:21-23
What authority have we for the claim that the temple of Jehovah is man's spiritual body? Jesus is our best authority for the spiritual interpretation of the temple as representing man's perfect body. He said: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. ... he spake of the temple of his body.”
How shall we get into the kingdom of heaven here and now? By heeding the words of our Master: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
October 19, 1935: Jeremiah 7:21-23
The Father seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. What does truth in this connection mean? Those who worship God in truth are they whose actions fully express their convictions and their affirmations. They unify their actions with the spirit in which they worship.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-29-2014