Jeremiah 21-23 Jeremiah was called by God to speak to not just the people of the land of Israel, but especially to the rulers. King Josiah had been an example of a God-fearing king, but his sons were not so. They knew what was right to do but failed to do it. God sent Jeremiah to the palace to speak to the king and remind him of his responsibility, but like many, they turned aside from what was right and did what was abominable.
Because they did not follow Josiah’s example or listen to the prophet Micah’s wise counsel to humble themselves, promote justice, and be faithful, God would send a conquering nation to discipline them. When all of this took place the news would spread.
“People from other nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, “Why has the Lord done such a thing to this great city?” The answer will come back, “It is because they broke their covenant with the Lord their God and worshiped and served other gods.”
Even nonbelievers know and understand the ways of God EVEN if they choose not to do them. Paul wrote many years later: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows this he will also reap.”