Understanding The scriptures of Jeremiah 16: 13-16.
God is speaking to His people in the last days of the kingdom of Judah. In chapter 16: 1-13 God rebukes His people and punishment is pronounced on them. They would be scattered among the nations. In verses 17-18. God continues His pronouncement of punishment on His people for worshiping other gods.
To understand the rebuke and punishment you must read verses 1-13 then 17-18. These are the punishments.
Verse 19 Jeremiah acknowledges that God is their strength and stronghold. Jeremiah also praises God.
Verses 20-21 God speaks again and affirms He is their God.
Now in verses, 13-16 God is speaking pronouncing punishment and restoration after the fulfillment of the punishment.
Verse 13 God scatters His people. Verses 14-15 God gives the sign of how they will know it is God bring them back. The sign is this “But the time is coming, declares the Lord, when no one will say, “As the Lord lives who brought up the Israelites from the land of Egypt”; 15 instead, they will say, “As the Lord lives who brought up the Israelites from the land of the north and from all the lands where he has banished them.”
Verse 16 God tells how he will bring them back from all these lands. I’m going to send fishermen to catch them, declares the Lord. Afterward, I will send hunters to hunt them down on every mountain, hill, and cave.
It is here, where we are called in these last days to be hunters. Sent forth to reach the lost and bring them back. Paul says we are the branch broken off from Abraham. Roman 11:17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in.
Paul also says in Galatians 3:28 That we are all one people in God. So the blessing of the Jews is ours.
We are sent forth as hunters to bring back the lost.
Jeremiah 16: 13-16. I hope this word is encouragement in your life.