Jeremiah 13: A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots.


(27 verses, 3:00 to read)

What I am about to READ:

A ruined loincloth and broken wineskins illustrated that Judah would fall. The Lord called on Judah to repent but, at the same time, said they would not repent.


1-7: The clean, new loincloth is a symbol of Israel, which God had united to Himself in love. Jeremiah did not wash it, and then he hid it in a rock near the Euphrates River. After he retrieved it, it was filthy and rotting. It was worthless.

8-11: The message of the ruined loincloth: God had chosen Judah and Israel to be a people who would put His power and glory on display to the world. Judah and Israel, like the ruined loincloth, were ruined because of their sin.

12-14: The arrogance of the people is illustrated. The people mocked the Jeremiah rather than listening to the Lord’s word he spoke. Therefore, God would make them irrational and helpless, like a drunken person. They would smash into one another in the light of their impending destruction.

15-23: The future desolation of Judah was not far off. God still encourages the people to repent and avert disaster. Yet at this point, that wasn’t possible, just as the Ethiopian cannot change the color of his skin, nor the leopard its spots.

26-27: By worshiping idols, Israel committed spiritual adultery; it would be punished accordingly.


What warning does the familiar question about the leopard and its spots contain for those who persist in sin? (See Romans 6:19–20.) What does the question teach those who have been set free from the power of sin? (See Romans 6:17–18.) Sin has the power to enslave souls. Those who have been set free have only God to thank.

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Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.


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