“But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people…” (v16). Because the leaders of Judah rejected God’s warnings (through prophets like Jeremiah, v12) and persisted in idolatry, God removed His protection from them. Quickly, they fell into the hands of their enemies. Therefore, the last rulers of Judah were dependents of Egypt and Babylon (v4,10), and Jerusalem’s beautiful Temple and palaces were burned (v19).
“The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers …” (v15). God is compassionate and warns us against sin. He doesn’t want us to face the terrible consequences of our own rebellion.