We read about the covenant that God made with the people of Israel when he brought them out of the land of Egypt. We see that mentioned in vs.2-3. The covenant that God made with the people of Israel was that if they followed his commandments then he would provide for them a land flowing with milk and honey. He goes on to state that he fulfilled his end of the bargain. He provided the people of God the land which was Israel and it was the promised land, the land that had been set aside for the people of God, by God. So God did his part, but the people did not obey God’s commands.
You read in vs.10 the final verdict: “the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant that I made with their ancestors.” God did his part, but the people did not do their part. As result of the people breaking the covenant God says: “assuredly I am going to bring disaster upon them that they cannot escape.” He even tells Jeremiah to not even pray for the people.
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine that you are a pastor at a church and you are teaching them the way that God has placed upon your heart to teach them, but they don’t follow it and God tells you that they are going to be destroyed and you aren’t able to pray for your flock. Consider the pain of Jeremiah in this passage. What it would mean that he could not even pray for his family, his church family, as they were being set up to be destroyed because of their unfaithfulness. Just consider this chapter and how Jeremiah was feeling. Do you see now why he was called the weeping prophet?