Jer 14: "Jer 14 records events probably occurring in
Jehoahaz's time, or early in Jehoiakim's reign. The prophet spoke of drought in
the reign of Josiah (Jer 12:4). He here predicts it will reach serious
proportions. Deuteronomy predicts drought followed by captivity (Deu 28:23-25).
Jeremiah warns of the fulfilment despite the opposition of the false prophets (v
13) for the people had broken the divine covenant (Jer 11).
"Jer 14; 15 concerns the drastic drought being experienced,
and outlines:  Conditions in the Land: vv 1-6.  Jeremiah's prayer for
relief: vv 7-9.  Yahweh's Answer: Pray not for them: vv 10-12.  Dire
punishment for the false prophets: vv 13-16.  A graphic description of coming
judgment: vv 17,18.  Further pleading with Jeremiah: vv 19-22.
"Shocked by the picture thus presented the prophet attempts to
intercede for the people pleading with Yahweh for a way of escape. Sadly, the
conditions of drought are evidenced today. Not a drought from water, but from
the word of Yahweh. For this reason we are on the eve of the greatest moment in
history: the appearance of the Monarch who will restore the glory of Eden"
How can God be "powerless to save"? Only by His own choice,
based upon man's relation to His laws and commands.
DO NOT PRAY FOR... THIS PEOPLE: Did Jer nevertheless
continue to pray for them? Yes! Or did he pray for the remnant only (Jer
14:20-22)? Or was it the same thing?