I, Jeremiah, Child of
Contention and Strife
15:1–4. Yet once more, O ye laurels!
Again an urgent, stubborn resolve, a threat underscored by Yahweh as irrevocable. (And yet as so often before, the threat was revoked, at least in degree!)
Yahweh speaks; and we note how his word to a favorite son goes counter to the initial calling. In the beginning, Jeremiah was summoned to intercede. Here he is told once more, and sternly, to plead no more. The command is uttered in all seriousness—What could be thought more final? “Could you summon those Great Intercessors, Moses and Samuel, I would turn a deaf ear. Even to them. So why not to you?’
Dismissal most abrupt.
The two are honored in the tradition, great and skilled mediators between a jealous God and a recusant people, the Rock and the hard of heart (Exod. 32:11–14; Num. 14:11–25; 1 Sam. 7:5–9; 12:19–23). And one is led to wonder: Is Jeremiah here considered as falling short of their stature? Hardly. Let history tell.
Then begins a hypothetical, truly awful exchange. Yahweh to Jere-