Put Yourself in Judah’s Shoes!

 At this midpoint in the study of Jeremiah and Prophesy, we will
begin to make a concentrated effort to understand what in the world the
people of God in Judah just before the Fall of Jerusalem were thinking to
believe that they were “safe, secure, and saved” right up to the moment of
destruction.  This is so very important to know because it is a part of
“searching the scriptures for salvation” (John 5:39); but also we in America
may now already be in the very same shoes, shoes which squeak out to us
as we live our daily life styles, that we also think we are “safe, secure, and
saved” because we are Gods people.  
In other words, how can a whole nation of people who think they are still
Gods people practice such self-deception; and how can a nation of Gods
people who actually were in their past history and heritage were the people
of God, then cease to be the people of God without even knowing it?  To
successful answer these critical questions in the second half of this study of
Jeremiah and Prophesy requires going far deeper into the Bible than the
superficial looks by contemporary “itching ears” false prophets and Bible
teachers.  Like Paul encouraged in the first chapters of Hebrews, you will
have to wean away from the milk of the study of the Word and get into the
meat.  And in order to do so, you will have to fight upstream against the
current trend of the Falling Away in America where popular misconceptions
similar to in Judah and Jeremiah have dominated churches and church
members to where “they will not endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:3,4).  
Only a few of the few actually chosen as well as called will be able to do this;
however, it is to that very few that this second half of the Jeremiah study is
addressed.  The rest of Christians and church members do not want to know
as it will destroy their false sense of safety, comfort, and salvation; in fact,
can not listen because a false sense of security in the American Democratic
Faith, Satan, and their “spirit within them that lusteth to envy” (James 4:5) for
things and comfort has so darkened their understanding that they can not

15-1:  What Do You Preach During the Falling Away?

Unfortunately Paul did not tell us in II Timothy 4:3,4 what to do after:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
according to their own desires, because they have itching ears {their
own desires have ears, itching ears}, they will heap up for themselves
teachers; and they will turn their ears away {have to you every noticed
the similarity between the Falling Away and turning away from truth}
from the truth, and be turned into fables.”  (II Timothy 4:3,4)

He and the Spirit through Paul did tell us to do before these five stages of
the Falling Away:

“Preach the word!  Be read in season and out of season.  Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine.”  (II Timothy 4:2)

And also to do the work of evangelist whether most people and churches
listen or not:

“But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  (II Timothy 4:5)

And we can not help but think that we must continued to preach with a
vengeance and evangelize where not popular, even to the time the five
stages of the Falling Away are complete with American churches turning
away from truth, then being turned into fables, and in fact, even until the Holy
Spirit is withdrawn from earth about as:  Satan is unbound, the rising tide of
the mystery of lawlessness and sin peaks, and a visual in the news is
established on the man of sin, the son of perdition (II Thessalonians).
There are less people to listen now in the churches; but more to preach!  
There is far more motivation by the church member desires of itching ears;
there is far more resistance from church members to sound doctrine; and
far more itching ears Bible teachers and preachers, just like Jesus said in
Matthew 24 that there would be during the period of the Falling Away.

15-2:  Backsliding Established Early in the Jeremiah Bible Studies.

We established early in the Bible Studies on Jeremiah that:  (1) backsliding
is worse than the Falling Away; (2) backsliding, contrary to current
misconceptions, is not away from church like it was not away from the
Temple in Jerusalem, and hence is more the practice of active church
members than it is of those inactive in attendance at church {in fact, many
inactive at church can be practicing the admonition of II Timothy 3:5 to
avoid, “turn away from”, such church members as practice some or all of the
19 bad habits and attitudes of 3:1-8}; and (3) backsliding is actually the
fourth and fifth stages of the Falling Away--the turning away from truth and
the being turned into fables.
Quickly you are reminded that the gist of the condition, or backsliding, of
God’s people before the fall of Judah and Jerusalem is summarized near
the beginning of the book of Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 2:13.

“For My people have committed two evils:  they have forsaken Me, the
fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns--broken
cisterns that can hold no water.”  (Jeremiah 2:13)

So no matter what the excuses of the people, and the false concepts of
reality, we find or study in the famous Temple Message of Jeremiah 7 and
23, God has already given His own assessment and conclusions.  Could it
be the same in America today?   Has God already made up His mind that a
once people of God have passed in backsliding and the Falling Away?  And
the very fact that we are not certain that American churches have now gone
all the way into the fourth and fifth stages of the Falling Away--all the way
into the turning away from truth and the turning into fables--that encourages
us both to keep (1) preaching, (2) evangelizing, and (3) trying to discover the
how and what of the self-deception of the people of God, in Jeremiah and

15-3:  Dig Deep Into the History, Contemporary Prophets, and Jeremiah.

Although in the second half study of Jeremiah during the coming months, we
will look some at contemporary historians like Josephus, the primary
sources will be:  (1) second half of Jeremiah, approximately chapter 27 and
on; (2) the Bible history as recorded in II Kings 23:30-25:30 and II
Chronicles 36:1-23; (3) what happened and was prophesied about the fate
of Jerusalem in Isaiah; (4) the contemporary prophets with Jeremiah,
especially Ezekiel already among the captives in Assyria; and (5) Carroll’s
commentaries, always good on history, and other helps like Thompson’s
commentary on Jeremiah, part of the NEW INTERNATIONAL
COMMENTARY, and Sampey and Hester.
Ready to jump in:  we might start with some of the history of the kings during
this period of “the downfall of Judah and Jerusalem”, in particular what some
of the kings were doing and thinking at the same time the rest of Gods
people were deceiving themselves {forsaking God and making substitute
cisterns, in the words of God Himself} during Temple worship.  Recall as we
dig through the truths and realities of history, like someone has wisely
stated, you can not appreciate another people of another time until you have
walked a mile in their shoes; and you may find that you, your church, and
your nation are already in the same shoes, especially if you are thinking the
same way, have the same excuses and unrealities, and self-deceptions.
1.  Jeremiah 1:2 and 3 gives us a beginning list of kings that reigned and
controlled to a large extent the thought patterns of the people during the
period of the ministry of Jeremiah.
(1).  Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah -- Jeremiah started his delivery
of words from God during the 13th year of the reign of Josiah.
(2).  Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah--Jeremiah delivered his
prophecies, predictions and contemporary messages all during the reign of

NOTE:  As we go along, we will strive to accumulate a list of hasty
rationalizations, lack of realities, or self-deceptions {mainly so that we in
American can strive to avoid them, you know “the uses of the past”}.  
Here we will start the list with:

Thought Pattern # 1.  The people of the southern kingdom of Judah
considered themselves to be so much better than the people of the northern
kingdom, partly because they had surpassed them in idolatry and
wickedness; but also because God punished them, they thought, with earlier
captivity in Assyria.  You see that in the excuse of Temple Worship in
Jeremiah 7:10, “we are delivered
{they were still safe and secure, and
saved they thought} to do all these abominations}
.  How they practiced
self-deception here:  instead of letting the history of what God did to the
northern kingdom of Israel be a lesson for them, they used it to rationalize
both how much better off they were, and how much better in terms of
righteousness they were.  The contrary warning comes to churches and
Christians today from the New Testament about a false sense of safety,
security, and salvation.
“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”  (I
Corinthians 10:12)
In the previous verses to this one above in chapter 12, Paul is discussing
what should have been an example to Gods people of Judah, even as
Christians of today and Paul’s day, when 23,000 of Gods people fell in the
wilderness in one day:  (1) God was not well pleased with these 23,000 even
though they were among those rescued from Egyptian bondage, even
though they experienced the past blessings of God through guidance of the
cloud and rescue through the Red Sea; even though they ate the same
spiritual food of manna and quail in the wilderness as all Gods people; (2)
these of the wilderness are our “examples” of what can happen to any
peoples who think they are Gods people; (3) it can happen to any of Gods
people “who lust after evil things as they also lusted”  (12:6); (4) they
committed adultery again even as they did at Mount Sinai as while Moses
was up on the Mount receiving the 10 commandments, they made and
worshipped a golden idol--
“And do not become idolaters as were some of them.  As it is written,
‘The people {yes, the people of God} sat down to eat and drink, and
rose up to play.’” (I Corinthians 10:7 and Exodus 32:6)
Prohibited Though Pattern #2:  The people of God, “called, not chosen”,
“lusted after evil things”.
Prohibited Thought Pattern #3:  God’s people committed idolatry, a violation
of the very first commandments of God received as they became a people
and a nation at Mount Sinai.  You see they believed only the parts of their
history and heritage that they chose to believe:  they became selective in
their heritage memories.
(3).  Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah:  we have a little more dating
history details here as “the word of the LORD came” to Jeremiah all during
the reigns of Zedekiah and Jehoiakim {who was the son of Josiah}, and that
Zedekiah reigned a whole 11 years, right up to Captivity in Babylon.
So the focus of our kingly leadership thought patterns must come from
these 3 kings of Judah:  Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.
Though Pattern # 4:  A lack of understanding among God’s people, in the
wilderness, in Judah, in the Paul’s day of Corinthians, and today of the
difference between GOD’S CALLED PEOPLE and GOD’S CHOSEN

15-4:  History and Thinking of Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.

Josiah was 13 years into his reign (Jeremiah 1:2) when Jeremiah started
delivered the word of God to Judah and the nations.  Granted that all the
names and dates are confusing, except to remember that these were the
last 3 kings of Judah before the Fall of Jerusalem to Babylon, and the 3
kings of the days of Jeremiah, we will try to hitch some kind of nickname to
each of the three to describe something about the way they thought and
“Drifting Toward Captivity” is the chapter title from Sampey for this period of
history for both Jeremiah and these 3 kings of Josiah, Jehoiakim, and
Zedekiah.  Sampey in the introduction calls it “evil times” of history that
Judah fell  into long before the destruction of Jerusalem; and in that
introduction attributed two influences to this backsliding into evil time:  (1) the
deaths and demise of the national influence of Isiah, Micah, and Hezekiah;
and (2) Judah was improvisers and robbed of leadership with invasion of the
nation by the Assyrian king Sennacherib; and (3) the long and wicked reign
of king Manasseh with a short and similar reign by his son Amon.  Recall
that according to the first words of Jeremiah, Josiah was the son of Amon;
and of course Amon was the son the wicked and long time ruler of Judah,
Manasseh.  So that we really need to expand our list of the thought patterns
and actions {“ways and doings” is a favorite description from God and
Jeremiah in the book of Jeremiah}, to 5 kings:  Sennacherib, king of Assyria;
and the five last kings of Judah--Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoiakim, and
1.  Manasseh, Seducer of Gods people to Idolator and Wickedness.
The heathen party, according to Sampey, took advantage of the situation as
king Manasseh started to reign at the age of 12; and like Sampey
emphasizes, the best summary of the influence of Manasseh is in the words
of II Chronicles 33:1-9.

“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned
fifty-five years in Jerusalem.  
{if his reign was as wicked as long, no
wonder Sampey said Judah was never the same during the latter
reigns of his sons and grandsons--Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah}
But he did evil in the sight of the LORD {yep, it was as wicked as long,
when history describes a king of Gods people with “evil in the sight of
the LORD” as an influence, a thought pattern, and a way of
leadership}....”  (II Chronicles 33:1-9)

What specifically was this evil influence, thought, and ways in the sight of

“...according to the abominations {same word, “abominations” used by
God and Jeremiah in the Temple Message of Jeremiah 7 to describe”
the evil “ways and doings” of Judah before destruction}
of the nations
whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

Thought Pattern # 5:  Gods people of Israel and Judah picked up the
“abominations” from the pagan inhabitants and the Egyptians that came out
of bondage with them, those same “abominations” God and Jeremiah
condemned in the Temple Message of Jeremiah 7
But back to the wicked reign of Manasseh, with more about what was so
wicked about the reign of Manasseh, his thought patterns, influence, and
“ways and doings”.

“For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken
down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and
he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.”  (II Chronicles

Well, that is specifically wicked: (1) high places on the hilltops of Jerusalem
for worship of other gods, places of worship which remained there during
the days of Jeremiah; (2) had the skilled craftsmen of the nation build altars
for the many Baals, the many “gods” of the locals; (3) had the nerve to make
wooden images to these Baals, then beyond that to worship these hosts of
heaven, and to lead the people astray in this idolatry, and even to serve
them as if they were real “Gods”.
 {always at the heart of idolatry like this,
today or then, is the desire for self-control over the works of their own
Manasseh had the nerve to build those altars to the Baals and the host of
the heavens in the very “house of the LORD”, the Temple of Jerusalem (II
Chronicles 33:4 and Jeremiah 7:9), and in that very places and places where
God had previously said “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.”  And
even in the two courts of the Temple, there in Jerusalem, Manasseh built
altars to the host of heaven, surely the beginning of the worship of the
Queen of Heaven of Jeremiah 7:18.  And like the abominations in the
Temple Message after king Manasseh, the practice became common to
shed innocent blood in “these places”--the Temple, the city, and the
countryside of the nation--in Jeremiah, Manasseh is indicted by the
summarizing historical statement of II Kings 21:16 in the words, “Moreover,
Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from
one end to another”.
Right near in approximately 698 B.C, over one hundred years before the
destruction of Jerusalem, Manasseh--of course with the support of the
heathen party and Gods own people--”really decided the fate of Judah”.  
How, according to Sampey?  (1) good king Josiah could not overcome this
influence, nor Jeremiah the Prophet; (2) Josiah, the reformer, could not
influence the people away from (a) idolatry, and (b) heathen immorality.
Thought Pattern # 6:  So easily influenced by their neighbors and fellow
citizens as well as the leaders in government, like the king and the heathen
party, toward alternate cisterns, broken cisterns, of worship and service.  
This was is very similar to the criticism Paul had of Gentiles other than the
Christians in the church at Ephesus, and which applies also today to those
to have been lead away from a proper of learning of Christ (Ephesians 4:17-

“But you have not so learned Christ {and expressed doubts about the
salvation of these church members because the walked and lived like
their other Gentile neighbors:  (1) in the futility and darkness of their
minds; (2) alienated from the very way of life of God; (3) ignorant of real
Bible; (4) blind in their hearts; (5) past feeling the spirituality of God and
Christ and the Bible; (6) given to “lewdness”; and  (7) working and
living in “uncleanness with greediness”}
, if indeed you have heard Him
and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus.”  (Ephesians 4:

Thought Pattern # 6b {supplement to # 6}:  lead astray by your fellow
citizens, neighbors--other Gentiles if you would to the improper learning and
following of Christ by:  (1) a mind not yet enlightened by inward personal
experience with God and Christ; (2) not even learning the way of life God
through Christ, the Apostles and Prophets, teach on how to learn Christ; (3)
ignorant of the meat of the Bible and spirituality according to God; (4) a
hardened heart; (5) lewdness, uncleanness, and greediness.
So we will label Manasseh as THE SEDUCER, based on this and
concluded with II Chronicles 33:9:

“So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do
more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the
children of Israel”.  (II Chronicles 33:9)

15-5:  Sennacherib, Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.

We must quickly wrap up on these other 4 kings of the Isaiah and Jeremiah
period; for this session is quickly becoming too long for patience and Bible
meat, with a short summary and keyword for each.
2.  Josiah, the Reformer.
{these numbers show continuity of historical
leaders during this period of the Drift Toward Captivity}
Sampey calls Josiah “the last good king of Judah.”  He was younger than
Manasseh, his father, when he started to reign:  the former at 8 and his
father at 12.  Josiah’s reign was no where near the 55 years of his father
{this could easily be developed as another thought pattern of Judah
after Manasseh, in that they would consider they “were delivered to do
all these abominations” (Jeremiah 7:10) just like Manasseh was
delivered so long to live and do wickedly; but surely in the wicked and
idolatrous influence of Manasseh, we have already covered this}
however after 8 years on the throne, and according to Sampey, “he began
to seek after Jehovah”; and 12 years on the throne he started to break down
the images of Baal and Astarte.  And obviously during this period--before all
the official priests and prophets, with the princes of government were
deceived {Jeremiah 23:11}--the high priest of the time delivered the book of
the Law
{the five books of Moses} to a scribe and the scribe to king
Josiah; who started the revival of righteousness in the nation, as a
prophetess in the nation assured the king that the threats of calamities, the
withholding of the blessings of God, and the curses of destruction based on
the original covenant between God and man of the law would happen.  
Josiah assembled Gods people to hear and heed the Law of the Bible.
What were the majority of the people of the nation doing and thinking during
these reforms by Josiah.  
{In other words, was there real revival?}  
Sampey again summarizes it for us:

“there was outward conformity to the law of Jehovah; but the hearts of the
people were largely set on idols, and they were only waiting for a change of
kings to plunge once again into heathen license.  It was a sad day for
Jeremiah and the spiritual element in Judah, when Josiah was brought
home from Megiddo dead in his chariot (II Chronicles 35:20-27).”

Thought Pattern # 7:  The heart {“heart” in the Bible includes mind,
emotion, and will}
of Gods people, then and now, “was largely set on idols”.

15-6:  Some Contemporary Prophets to Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

Guided somewhat by Sampey’s chapter outline on “Drifting Toward
Captivity”, we will quickly as possible look at some of the other
contemporary prophets to Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
3.  Nahum, Prophet of the Destruction of Nineveh and Assyria.
Although the 12 minor Prophets of the Bible are called minor because their
books are much smaller than the major prophets of  Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Ezekiel, and Daniel, the significance for the history of the times and
corroboration for the contemporaries of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel are
much bigger than the size of their books.  Nahum prophesied:  (1) that the
destruction of the capital of Assyria would inevitable come, Nineveh; that (2)
God is a jealous and a God Who takes revenge (Nahum 1:2); (3) God is a
stronghold in the day of trouble for those who turn to God for help; (4)
second chapter of Nahum, with details, on the siege and capture of Nineveh
by the Babylonians; and (5) the third chapter elaborates on the cause of
Nineveh,s downfall:  (a) constant war against other nations; and (b) violence.
4.  Zephaniah, Prophet of the Reign of Josiah and Prophet of the Day of
Jehovah’s Wrath.  
(1) In light of the day of darkness and wrath “Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek
of the earth {notice that all the Prophets were prophets to the nations with a
world wide message to the “meek” of Hebrews and Gentiles, all nations,
even as God is the God of the whole universe of nations, generally that is
seen in the oft used phrase for God as the “LORD of hosts”}, that have kept
His ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness:  it may be that ye will
be hid in the day of Jehovah’s anger” (Zephaniah 2:3); (2) prophesies on the
heavy judgments that will overtake the pride of the Gentile nations; (3) these
predicted judgments of God will serve, according to the purpose of God
among nations, to “famish all the gods of the earth” (Zephaniah 2:11) so that
men will worship the one true God; (4) Zephaniah describes many of the
same conditions in Jerusalem as does Jeremiah, and near the same time,
about their governing princes (Zephaniah 3:1-7), their judges, prophets, and
priests; and (5) like in Jeremiah where in chapter 26 and 27 it tells of the
good and bad figs and then of Gods grace for the rescue of the good figs
during siege and captivity
{God says, “Like these good figs, so will I
acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I
have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the
Chaldeans” (Jeremiah 24:5
)}, Zephaniah talks of Gods purpose and grace
for the Gentile nations and for Judah, speaking of the ultimate new world on
the earth in terms of the people of the new earth will serve God “with one
consent” (Zephaniah 3:9) and a common “one language”; and (6) Zephaniah,
like Isaiah, is among the first prophets to tell of this new and eternal city of
Jerusalem in the eternity, after the Second Coming of Christ, of the new
earth under the new heavens.

“Woe to her {Jerusalem is the “her”, and the Jerusalem of the time of
who is rebellious and polluted.  To the oppressing city!  
{recall some of the abominations of Jeremiah 7 and the Temple
Messages, among those being oppression of orphans, widows, and the
people in the land}  She has not obeyed His voice, She has not
received correction; she has not trusted in the LORD, She has not
drawn near to her God.  Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; her
judges are evening wolves
{like werewolves that change in the
that leave not a bone till morning.  Her prophets are insolent,
treacherous people; her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have
done violent to the law.”  (Zephaniah 3:1-4)

NOTE:  Hopefully these harsh words from the Prophet Zephaniah can
help to prepare for similar statements in the appendix to the Temple
Message of Jeremiah as recorded in Jeremiah 23 where Jeremiah also
passes the judgment of God on all the people of God, all the leaders in
government, all the prophets, and all the priests.  Here:
(1) priests pollute the sanctuary, and we know how from Manasseh,
and they handle the Law of Moses, their previous Bible, with violent
(2) all the official prophets are treacherous with their deceit words of
continued safety, security, peace, and salvation--they are treacherous
and insolent kind of people {remember Jeremiah says they practice
(3)  the princes, alias leaders in government, are roaring lions that
destroy the poorer of the people;
(4)  the judges in government are werewolves.
Thought Pattern # 8:  The influence of national leaders in Judah can not be
underestimated like in America today, “as go the priests, so go the people”;
and first of all kings and presidents, like official prophets, priests, pastors,
and members of government have to take responsibility for any wickedness
among the churches and the nation, even as they must for the inevitable
judgment of God.  Already you seeing some of Gods judgment {decisions
on America} in the intense series of calamities since 9/11.  Only by the
grace of God for His own people are they short and limited, although you
will notice that they are in the nature of OT judgments and beyond becoming
large in scope with the extensive recent calamities of the economic panic
and the H1N1.

And we must come to a close on “Put Yourselves in the Shoes of Judah”,
for you may already be in those shoes!  At least we have a major outline,
also a minor outline for the next month’s newsletter:  the minor outline being
to collect more thought patterns of the kings, leaders, and people of Judah
before the Fall; and the major being to continue with number 5 of Prophets
and kings.  We know something about the ways, doings, and thinking of (1)
king Manasseh, the Judah’s Seducer to Idolatry and wickedness; (2) Josiah,
the Reformer without Real Revival; (3) Nahum, one contemporary Prophet
of Jeremiah, preacher of the destruction of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh;
and (4) Zephaniah, also contemporary of Jeremiah, and preacher of the
“day of the wrath of Jehovah”, an immediate prediction on Jerusalem for
destruction and a more distance of day of eternal wrath, yet with a new
Jerusalem on the new earth.
We, in our major outline for the next newsletter, must deal with:  (5)
Sennacherib, the king of Assyria; (6) Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah; (7)
Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, the king of the final destruction of
Jerusalem and Judah; (8) Ezekiel; (9) Daniel; and some other minor
Prophets contemporary with Jeremiah.

15-7:  Constant Message of the Bible is For Examples.

The Bible is not written and given to us by God, and through Prophets and
Apostles, just for history; but in order that we might seriously, as nations and
individuals, take what happened in past history for examples, both good and
bad.  In other words, that we might learn from the past!  Look in closing at
examples in the Bible.
1.  Big example, on a large scale, of Gods people destroyed because of
unbelief (Jude 5)
God saved the people out of Egypt, according to the book of Jude and the
history of the five books of Moses, then afterwards, God destroyed all of
these same people except Joshua and Caleb, because of “their unbelief”.
2.  Angels, namely Satan and his followers, who got out of their place are
outstanding examples of what can happen when the judgment of God is
passed, but reserved for later and eternal fulfillment, everlasting chains and
darkness after the great Day of the LORD and Lord, the same great day of
wrath of Jehovah of Zephaniah.  (Jude 6)
3.  Sodom and Gomorrah, as destroyed by God because of their “sexual
immorality” (Jude 7) “are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance
of eternal fire”; hardly a good example that we wish to emulate of eternal
punishment.  Also an example for those who would presume on the grace
and love of God, that it is impossible for this God of the universe to destroy
two whole cities by fire, much less the whole world at the end of time.
4.  Dreamers of first century Christianity (Jude 8), like the previous examples
in Jude, defile their flesh with sexual immorality, becoming likewise bad
examples for further generations of people who:  (1) reject the authority of
God, the Bible, and Christ, or true prophets like Jeremiah among many
bankrupt priests and false prophets; (2) speak evil of the dignitaries of the
Bible such as Jeremiah and Paul; (3) speak evil of many spiritual matters
that they do not understand as they are spiritually discerned; and (4) corrupt
themselves and their listeners with those things which they naturally know
and have learned from the wisdom of the world.
5.  The Apostle Peter elaborates on how Christ left us a good example (I
Peter 2:21) because Jesus:  (1) did not commit sin, much less habitually live
in it; and (2) no deceit came out of the mouth of Jesus, like the deceit of
which Jeremiah tells of, by way of a bad example for nations, of from
prophets, priests, princes, and all of Gods people.
6.  The Apostle Paul summarizes the bad things Gods people did in the
wilderness as examples of what we should do and not do in I Corinthians 10:
1-13 with the further admonition in 1);14 to “flee from idolatry”.

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are
come.”  (I Corinthians 10:11)

Paul, and the Word of God through Paul, lists some of these things in the
verses previous to 10:11:  (1) they complained against God and against
Gods true leadership of men, the bad thing that happened is that they,
although Gods called people,  were destroyed of the destroyer; (2) they
tempted Christ in the wilderness, the bad example that happened was that
they were destroyed by serpents; (3) they committed sexual immorality and
in one day 23,000 of them fell; and (4) they were the bad example of
idolaters at Mount Sinai.

“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should
not lust after evil things as they also lusted.”  (I Corinthians 10:6)

Now, the outline of this past Bible Studies on Jeremiah and Prophesy
are available at:

     Bible Studies in Jeremiah and Prophesy