Jeremiah 5:21

Hebrew Bible

20 “Proclaim this message among the descendants of Jacob. Make it known throughout Judah. 21 Tell them: ‘Hear this, you foolish people who have no understanding, who have eyes but do not discern, who have ears but do not perceive: 22 “You should fear me!” says the Lord. “You should tremble in awe before me! I made the sand to be a boundary for the sea, a permanent barrier that it can never cross. Its waves may roll, but they can never prevail. They may roar, but they can never cross beyond that boundary.” 23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned aside and gone their own way. 24 They do not say to themselves, “Let us revere the Lord our God. It is he who gives us the autumn rains and the spring rains at the proper time. It is he who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.” 25 Your misdeeds have stopped these things from coming. Your sins have deprived you of my bounty.’

Mark 8:17

New Testament

14 Now they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 And Jesus ordered them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!” 16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 17 When he learned of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Seven.” 21 Then he said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

 Notes and References

"... As did Jeremiah, Jesus announced that judgment was necessary because of the people’s unbelief, and the description of Israel’s unbelief in Mark 8:17–18 seems to parallel Jeremiah 5:21, 23, and perhaps also Isaiah 6:9–10.37 Both Jeremiah and Jesus confronted generations who were obstinate in their refusal to accept the word of the Lord. The cleansing of the temple at the close of Jesus’ ministry was both symbolic act and prophetic announcement of the coming judgment (Matthew 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19; Luke 19:45–48). Before Jesus entered the temple, the people recognized Him as “the prophet” (Matthew 21:11), and the authorities were afraid to take action against Him because of His prophetic status among the people (verse 46). Jesus’ condemnation of the temple after He drove out the moneychangers recalls Jeremiah’s temple sermon (Jeremiah 7, 26) in which Jeremiah reproved the people for their empty belief that the Lord’s house was an absolute guarantee of their security, and warned that the temple would become like the sanctuary at Shiloh if the people did not reform their ways ..."

Yates, Gary E. Intertextuality and the Portrayal of Jeremiah the Prophet (pp. 283-3000) Bibliotheca Sacra, 2013

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