“Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:21 -> me: Today I went through the whole chapter of Jeremiah 16. This is another chapter where we see the protection of God over Jeremiah. He gives Jeremiah instructions for how to live in the land during this time so that he does not get exposed to the emotional horror that is about to befall the Jews. He tells Jeremiah not to marry or have children because they will die of horrible diseases. He tells him not to enter a house where there is a funeral meal because He has withdrawn His blessing, love, and pity. He finally tells him not to enter a house where there is festive eating and drinking because He plans to bring to end and silence all sounds of joy and gladness. God tells Jeremiah that there will likely be 3 questions he is asked and then follows with 2 answers – Q1) Why has the Lord declared such disaster on us? Q2) What wrong have we done? Q3) What sin have we committed against the Lord our God? A1) Because your fathers forsook Me and followed other gods and served and worshipped them. A2) Because you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. You are each following the stubbornness of your evil hearts rather than following Me. God follows this up by saying – “Because of these things – I will show you no favor.” Yikes. In verses 14 and 15 there is a ray of hope in that God will at some point restore them out of bondage and the children of Israel will no longer talk about the God who brought them out of Egypt but the God who brought them out of the land of the North (Babylon). The chapter ends with today’s QT verse. God will receive and confirm the glory due His name.