False Prophets: Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled my plot of land. Jeremiah 12:10
The prophet Jeremiah was a prophet who lived at the time of King Nebuchadnezzar and the destruction of Jerusalem. The prophet like many men of his time wonders how the Kingdom of Juda had come to its own end: "Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?" Jeremiah 9:12.
And the answer was simple, the failure in the leadership of the nation.
This that the prophet tells us in his book is not something new, we live it today, many countries are branded as "failed states" and economic and political reasons are adduced, but what fails at the base is that a nation without good spiritual leadership clear and defined has no hope or direction: "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint" Proverbs 29:18.
Jeremiah explains in a few words the futility of human effort when the fear of God is absent in human hearts, if God turns his back on the people for their sins there is no way to reap blessing: "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear" Isaiah 59:2.
Although in these arguments there is a religious conception of history, there is also a profound ethical approach, history continually repeats itself.
The false prophets who only sought their own gains, together with kings who married pagan women, had precipitated the ruin, Jeremiah explains in his book: "Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled my plot of land. They have turned my desirable plot into a desolate wasteland. It will be made a wasteland, parched and desolate before me; the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares" Jeremiah 12:10-11.
The prophet Jeremiah understands that all human Kingdoms have an end, in this case, the Kingdom of Judah; but he leaves open the hope, that it will materialize, when God raises up Darius, king of the Persians and the Medes.