Many have noted that God’s imposition against Jeremiah praying indicates just how far gone Judah has become and how determined God is to bring justice for their sins (Jeremiah 14:11). Very few have noted how Jeremiah prays anyway, interceding for God’s people by appealing to God’s name and jealousy for His glory (see Jeremiah 14:13, 15:16). In hope of procuring mercy, Jeremiah speaks to the fact that false prophets have deceived the people. In response God says that even if some of God’s most faithful were alive to intercede, that would not be enough to stay the Lord’s judgement (Jeremiah 15:1).
This presents a problem. If Moses and Samuel couldn’t even appeal to God to spare God’s people in their times of rebellion, how can there be hope that the cycles of repentance, restoration, disobedience, judgment, repentance, repeat will not go on forever? This problem finds its resolution when we find someone to intercede for us in a way that permanently stays God’s judgement (see Hebrews 7:25) and doesn’t simply bear God’s name like Jeremiah, but is God and knows the mind of God (Romans 8:26-27).
Jeremiah’s intercession will not be enough to prevent the judgement and exile that await Israel. Jesus’ intercession will be enough to take us out of our exile (see tree of life in Revelation 22) and stay God’s judgement against our sins. Hallelujah, what a savior!