I am stuck on these two truths: The Lord punishes the wicked and upholds the righteous. The Lord does whatever He pleases. King Zedekiah watches the Chaldeans murder all of his sons. Then his eyes are poked out. The very last thing the man sees is his sons being murdered. Jeremiah, on the other hand,Continue reading “Jeremiah 39-40”
And Jeremiah sank in the mud. … … Just let that ring in your ears and heart for a minute. This man, this prophet, this man of God, is being obedient, proclaiming the words the Lord tells him, living uprightly–and for all of this, he is thrown in a cistern. Thrown in a deep, dark,Continue reading “Jeremiah 38”
Can you imagine being put in prison? In a dungeon? In solitary confinement? For speaking truth. Obviously Jeremiah comes out a little bit upset–at least that’s the way I read his tone when he asks questions of King Zedekiah. I don’t know what the court of the guard was that Jeremiah was placed in, butContinue reading “Jeremiah 37”
God tells Jeremiah to write all these prophecies on a scroll. Jeremiah hires Baruch to scribe it all on the scroll. The scroll is read at the temple, read to the king’s officials, confiscated, read to the king, and burnt. God tells Jeremiah to write it all again. Baruch scribes it all again. Today, weContinue reading “Jeremiah 36”
The Rechabites. First, there is an interesting summary statement about all the prophets in verse 15 of the chapter. There have been a few other times we have seen this statement in Jeremiah. It is a great way to remember the overall message of the book. Sometimes we get bogged down in details and wonderingContinue reading “Jeremiah 35”
Judgment Restoration Repeat This is the message of the prophets. This is the message of these two chapters, in reverse order.
“This is what the Lord says…” “…declares the Lord.” Over and again, we see this refrain, which is an attention grabber. Listen up! “Who is he who will devote himself to be close to Me?” declares the Lord. “May it be me,” I say. — Next chapter: you read this prophecy that goes on forContinue reading “Jeremiah 30-32”