The Lord of hosts used here in a sense indicating His proper sphere having a throne and various agencies at his command. When we speak of the angel of the Lord or of his presence it is what indicates His sovereign lordship over heaven and the earth. (Ps.89:5-8; 148:2; Mt.26:53). In the v.35 Prophet Jeremiah ascribes the name to realities of the earth as with everything to Power and Wisdom. Holy is his his name and so is the earth, though qualified as his footstool. If such is the case what are we to make of rampant wickedness we see about us? Has God abandoned it so evil is accepted as the new norm? And the more wicked as they come, they are received with great fuss and media coverage and they lord over the common folks. It is not God of hosts to blame because Truth written in our inward parts most of us do not care enough to live for and consequently we allow others to lord over us. Blame it to weakness of our flesh. The flesh has drawn a veil over the spirit given to us. When we speak Jesus Christ as the Firstborn from the dead, we should have let life of the spirit in its proper sphere to show what is our true heritage. Useless activism is more suited to the dead. We are sojourners here, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come(He.13:14).” When we study of great many desolations the prophet has predicted for nations, both Israel and the Gentiles it is one way the Lord of hosts contains like the man in the Parable of the Tares would not make a full end of it.(Matt.13:24-30). What we see now is what enemy has sown while we slept. On the other hand what good seed the man had sown is truth in its basic sense. The word of God makes it clear that it was the Son of man (v.37). When we read the Gospel of John we read that ‘grace and truth came by Jesus (John 1:17)’ For our intent and purpose this is what truth in our inward part signifies for a Christian. When the enemy which is devil has sown tares it is a lie so we are deceived to think our flesh is anymore important than spirit is. It is for destroying the work of the devil Jesus died and rose again as was foretold. As the firstborn from the dead Jesus has promised to receive us so we shall be with him and see him as he is.
When we are new born we die to the world so we put behind us the claim the flesh had over us in former times. It is for the purpose of laying hold of our heritage in the spirit we live circumspectly avoiding what is inconvenient to our growth.. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God./ Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth./ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col.3: 1-3).”
Truth as written in inward part is the basis for the proverb quoted by Prophet Jeremiah. In his own life it can be shown as a proof. In the first chapter Jeremiah specifies time and place when God first revealed himself to him. “….The word of the Lord came unto me, saying,/Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.(Je.1:4-5).” Truth knows no time as we count time for fulfilling our physical needs on the earth. When God assures him thus “ for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord” we may appreciate what it means to be part of the Son of man who is firstborn from the dead. Truth in our inwards assures we are ‘hid with Christ’ in God even as fulfilling its requirement, as Jeremiah did, God touched his mouth to put what he had to speak to the nations and over the kingdoms.”Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth./ See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant(1:9-10).
Object lesson:sour grape
The Spirit makes a case for life in the flesh when we have our lives hid in Christ. Truth must be lived that is heritage of the spirit which we live by faith. Each of us must give account therefore whether we live or die to the ‘the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. (1 Pe.2:25).’ Our individual responsibility owes to the fact we have been foreknown by the Father and adopted in him by by the Son. In order to illustrate it we have the symbol of sour grape.
“In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge./ But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.”
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: