Chapter Fifteen
We Are Not Listening God!
A 41-year hearing problem in Jerusalem.

     Thirty years prior to the beginning point of the BkM God sent Jeremiah to warn Jerusalem of his pending intentions. Jeremiah faithfully spoke the messages God gave him, but in a sense, the people had turned their ears off. They were enjoying their sin too much to be bothered with God’s instructions:

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means;   and my people love   to have it   so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Lehi would have been included in these accusations as well had he truly existed as a Jerusalem resident. God excluded no one when he stated:

Jeremiah 2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me?   ye all   have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer. 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children;   they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

Jeremiah reiterated God’s inclusion of ‘ALL’ when he found none in Jerusalem of the sort of man God was looking for:

Jeremiah 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be   any   that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.  
Jer. 5:2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
Jer. 5:3 O LORD,   are   not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them,   but   they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

     The hearing problem in Jerusalem and Judah continued throughout the entire forty-one year period of Jeremiah’s ministry, and God let Jeremiah know early that the road ahead of him would be rough:

Jeremiah 1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
Jer. 1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and   speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
Jer. 1:18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
Jer. 1:19 And   they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I   am   with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

Jer. 7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but   they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.

Jer. 3:12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD;   and   I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I   am   merciful, saith the LORD,   and   I will not keep   anger   for ever.
Jer. 3:13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and   ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Jer. 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for   we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and   have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.

Jer. 5:20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
Jer. 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding;   which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Jer. 6:8 Be thou instructed,   O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
Jer. 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?   behold, their ear   isuncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

Jer. 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you,   saying,   Hearken   to the sound of the trumpet.   But they said, We will not hearken.
Jer. 6:18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what   is   among them.
Jer. 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,   even   the fruit of their thoughts, becausethey have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

Jer. 7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking,   but ye heard not; and   I called you, but ye answered not;

Jer. 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Jer. 7:24   But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels   and   in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
Jer. 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending   them:
Jer. 7:26   Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
Jer. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them,   This   is   a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

Jer. 8:5 Why   then   is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit,   they refuse to return.
Jer. 8:6   I hearkened and heard,   but   they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

Jer. 8:9 The wise   men   are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo,   they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom   is   in them?

Jer. 11:6 Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying,   Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
Jer. 11:7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day   that   I brought them up out of the land of Egypt,   even   unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
Jer. 11:8 Yet   they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which   I commanded   them   to do; but they did   them   not.
Jer. 11:9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Jer. 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which   refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
Jer. 11:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and   though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
Jer. 11:12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

Jer. 13:9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
Jer. 13:10   This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
Jer. 13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory:   but they would not hear.

Jer. 16:11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
Jer. 16:12   And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart,   that they may not hearken unto me:

Jer. 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and   let us not give heed to any of his words.

Jer. 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that   none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Jer. 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts,   Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart,   and   not out of the mouth of the LORD.

Jer. 25:2 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
Jer. 25:3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that   isthe three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking;   but ye have not hearkened.
Jer. 25:4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending   them;but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.

Jer. 25:7   Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
Jer. 25:8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;   Because ye have not heard my words,

Jer. 26:3   If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
Jer. 26:4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD;   If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,
Jer. 26:5   To hearken to   the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending   them,   but ye have not hearkened;

Jer. 35:13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,   Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
Jer. 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking;   but ye hearkened not unto me.
Jer. 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending   them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers:   but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
Jer. 35:16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them;   but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
Jer. 35:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them,   but they have not heard; and   I have called unto them, but they have not answered.

Jer. 36:31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them;   but they hearkened not.

     The following scripture sections deal with the time frame during Zedekiah’s eleven year reign as king. This period would have included the beginning point and first year of the BkM:

Jer. 29:16   Know   that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city,   and   of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;
Jer. 29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
Jer. 29:18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:
Jer. 29:19   Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending   them;   but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.

Jer. 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching   them,   yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

Jer. 34:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD;   Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

Jer. 37:1 And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.
Jer. 37:2   But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.

Jer. 44:5   But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

Jer. 44:16   As for   the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD,   we will not hearken unto thee.

     The people refused to heed God’s instructions, and God eventually refused to hear their prayers. This silent treatment God gave to the Jerusalem residents began early in Jeremiah’s ministry. Lehi could not have received any instructions, visions, dreams, or warnings from God as Joseph Smith alleged because God had long before severed the prayer line to heaven. God would not even allow Jeremiah to plead for the inhabitants of the city. Let’s consider Jerusalem’s and Lehi’s (had he truly existed) useless prayer line in chapter sixteen.