The Queen of Heaven is the most ignored passage that exist in the so-called “holy book.” Eye have not heard of too many pastors teaching on “her”, and if they did, they taught it in a way to explain what happens to disobedient children of “God”. Eye would like to take this opportunity to add my commentary to Jeremiah 44 in an effort to show you what your pastors are afraid to teach you. Let me also advise you that Eye deliberately exchanged the word “Egypt” for the word “Africa” to give you a clearer picture of what was happening in the story. Eye did this to show you the anger that this God had against the African people, and since Egypt is Africa, it seemed only fitting to make the corrections.
Note: The scripts taken from the “Living Bible VERSION” are in italics. My commentary is in bold print.
Here is the backdrop of Jeremiah 44;
Jeremiah 44:1-10 talks about how the God of Israel was pissed off at the Israelites because his plan against the Africans backfired. You see, God led them into Africa where they would become slaves to the Africans. He promised them that they would come out with all of the African’s possessions.
In Genesis 15:13, the Lord tells Abraham, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. God promised that their exit would mean great abundance for Israel. This was supposedly fulfilled in Exodus 12. When the Israelites left Africa following the tenth plague, they were told to ask the Africans for items of value for their journey. “The people of Israel asked the Africans for silver, gold jewelry and clothing. And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Africans, so that they let them have what they asked. Exodus 12:35 talks about how they plundered the Africans” (used force to steal their possessions).
God wanted the Israelites to multiply in the land of Africa and then take over the land; Instead, the Israelites learned the lifestyle of the Africans including worshipping the feminine energy known as the “Queen of Heaven.” God was so angry that he sent several of his so-called prophets into Africa to scare the Israelites into worshipping only him, and to remind them that they were there to take from the Africans. This particular passage in Jeremiah 44 deals with the time when Jeremiah was sent to Africa by God to warn the Israelites AGAIN, but this time, the Israelites grew tired of waiting on God and didn’t receive the threats delivered to them by Jeremiah.
According to the story, the men left their wives’ side and began to worship God because he promised them a better life; however, they returned to their wives’ side to once again worship the Queen of Heaven because God was becoming known for not keeping his promises. Let’s reference Numbers 11:4; The people of Israel cried again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? 5 We remember all the fish we could eat free in Africa, and all the fruit and vegetables and spices.6 But now our strength is gone.
So, now we are in Jeremiah 44:11:
11 Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There is fury in my face and I will destroy every one of you! 12 I will take this remnant of Judah that insisted on coming here to Africa, and I will consume them. They shall fall here in Africa, killed by famine and sword; all shall die, from the least important to the greatest. They shall be despised and loathed, cursed and hated. 13 I will punish them in Africa just as I punished them in Jerusalem, by sword, famine, and disease. 14 Not one of them shall escape from my wrath except those who repent of their coming and escape from the others by returning again to their own land.
God is really pissed off because his children are loving the land that they are living in. They have grown accustomed to the ways of the Africans, and because God had an agenda to take from the Africans, he was not pleased with the Israelites. He wanted the Israelites to see the Africans as their enemy.
15 Then all the women present and all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to idols (it was a great crowd of all the Jews in southern Africa) answered Jeremiah:
So, here we go. Verse 15 clearly shows that the women were the forerunners of worshipping the Queen of Heaven, and their husbands knew about it. This too angered God. Jeremiah approached the men to try and talk some sense into them ordered by God. But the men replied harshly to Jeremiah;
16 “We will not listen to your false ‘Messages from God’! 17 We will do whatever we want to. We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and sacrifice to her just as much as we like—
The Israelites gave Jeremiah plenty of attitude and didn’t hesitate to call either him or his God a liar.
Just as we and our fathers before us, and our kings and princes have always done in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem;
Wait! So this script indicates that the Israelites had been worshipping the feminine principle prior to Jeremiah even being born. They mentioned that their fathers, kings and princes had always worshiped another God, perhaps even before Jehovah came on the scene.
…for in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and happy!
The Israelites are hitting it hard now. They are letting Jeremiah know that their fore- parents were happy and free when they worshiped the Queen of Heaven. Let’s continue..
18 But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her, we have been in great trouble and have been destroyed by sword and famine.”
So, this is clearly stating that when the worship to “Mama” stopped, so did all of the good living as well as a peaceful living stopped.
19 “And,” the women added, “do you suppose that we were worshiping the Queen of Heaven and pouring out our libations to her and making cakes for her with her image on them, without our husbands knowing it and helping us? Of course not!”
Uh oh! Now the women are stepping in and backing their husbands up. They are acting as witnesses to what their husbands have testified of the goodness of the Queen of Heaven. They also boldly informed Jeremiah that it wasn’t something that they did on their own. Their husbands knew all about the sacrifices that were offered up to “Mama.”
20 Then Jeremiah said to all of them, men and women alike, who had given him that answer:
21 “Do you think the Lord didn’t know that you and your fathers, your kings and princes, and all the people were burning incense to idols in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 22 It was because he could no longer bear all the evil things you were doing that he made your land desolate, an incredible ruin, cursed, without an inhabitant, as it is today. 23 The very reason all these terrible things have befallen you is because you have burned incense and sinned against the Lord and refused to obey him.”
Eye am a bit confused. What terrible things Jeremiah? Didn’t the men and women just testify about how good things use to be without Jehovah?
24 Then Jeremiah said to them all, including the women: “Listen to the word of the Lord, all you citizens of Judah who are here in Africa! 25 The Lord, the God of Israel, says: Both you and your wives have said that you will never give up your devotion and sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven, and you have proved it by your actions. Then go ahead and carry out your promises and vows to her!26 But listen to the word of the Lord, all you Jews who are living in the land of Africa: I have sworn by my great name, says the Lord, that it will do you no good to seek my help and blessing anymore, saying, ‘O Lord our God, help us!’27 For I will watch over you, but not for good! I will see to it that evil befalls you, and you shall be destroyed by war and famine until all of you are dead.
So now God is petty. He says (thru the mouth of Jeremiah of course) that he is going to wish bad vibes on them because they didn’t want to follow him anymore. He even threatened to destroy them by letting others kill them as well as starve them to death. What a loving God he is.
28 “Only those who return to Judah (it will be but a tiny remnant) shall escape my wrath, but all who refuse to go back—who insist on living in Africa—shall find out who tells the truth, I or they! 29 And this is the proof I give you that all I have threatened will happen to you and that I will punish you here: 30 I will turn Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt, over to those* who seek his life, just as I turned Zedekiah, king of Judah, over to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.”
And of course God is pissed at the King of Africa; for what Eye don’t know. Maybe he is mad at the King because he treated the Israelites so well that they wanted to stay in his land. This was not God’s wicked plan. He wanted them to be mean to the Israelites but it didn’t turn out that way. Africans have always been known as hospitable people. They taught the Israelites everything that they knew. Even Moses was much wiser after sitting under the teachings of the Africans (Moses was educated in all the learning of the Africans, and he was a man of power in words and deeds- Acts 7:22).