Jeremiah 15:19 God continues His response to the prophet with a stunning rebuke, one which contains more than a veiled threat.. Their hearts were far from God. What God has in store is always bigger than my earthly plans. - He taught people that God would be their God in a new way and they would be His new people. He served as God’s prophet for over 40 years, yet the rulers and the people of Judah did not listen to his warnings. David Jeremiah. (The application is painted in v. 7-17) 1. The world is envisaged as a giant spider web in which the movement of any entity affects the entire web, with human beings having the greatest potential effect. that 'Yahweh's response to the sin of His people was "absolutely just. Accepting with awe, we will never fully understand His ways is the way of faith. Many of his first reported oracles are about, and addressed to, the Israelites at Samaria. He cannot let her go unpunished (v. 9). The lack of a right relationship with God always results in wrong relationships with men. 10:10 HCSB). Our highest end is our relationship with God, within which provision and material well-being are important, but limited, matters. This verse testifies that the personal relationship between God and his child takes place in the womb, or even earlier. God is a relational God, present and active in the world, who enters into a relationship with the prophet, the people, and an interrelated world. So many mysteries. Some schol-ars think it bespeaks a crisis of Jeremiah’s very faith in God.2 This deep anguish, however, is best interpreted in terms of a vocational crisis, the prophet’s distress at being stuck between an insistent God and a resistant people. With Jeremiah religion is an immediate, personal relationship between Jehovah and the individual soul; it means obedience and devotion of the individual to his God. The great prophet Jeremiah lived during the most crucial period of Judah 's existence as a kingdom. I wanted to experiment with producing a transcript of my talks, to see how much effort it would take. I want to tell you something, if you have that today, if God has given that to you, whether it has anything to do with this series or not, you should be so thankful to the Lord. Jeremiah is especially known for speaking against child sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem as by commanded God and recorded in Jeremiah 7:1-20 – this practice would poison Israel’s relationship with God. He is warning Jeremiah that he must return, that is, repent, abandoning “this mistaken tone of distrust and despair,” as The Amplified Bible glosses verse 19. 3. We see it clearly in the Christmas story. Mary swept up in the wonder of mysteries as one favored by God. Relationship with the Northern Kingdom (Samaria) Jeremiah was sympathetic to, as well as descended from, the Northern Kingdom. The true prophet identifies with and represents the people of God before God, but he also identifies with and represents God before the people of God. The second death is the separation of your soul from God forever and ever, and ever, with no hope of it ever being changed. So God must refine and test (v. 7a; cf. God calls him to the challenging task of confronting them on their idolatry and foretelling their future exile. God would use Nebuchadnezzar to bring judgment upon the nations. - He told the exiles that God would restore them back to their land. The Old Covenant that God had established with His people required strict obedience to the Mosaic Law. Content: Word & world volume 22, Number 4 Fall 2002 Caught in the Middle: Jeremiah's Vocational Crisis1 Terence E. Fretheim eremiah 20:7-18 is the most intense of the prophet's many laments. I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me … Zedekiah was twenty one years old when he ascended the shaky throne of Judah, in the year 3327.He was put on the throne by the grace of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, whose power extended over Judah and all neighboring countries after his victory over Pharaoh Necho of Egypt, at Carchemish.Zedekiah, whose name was Mattaniah before Nebuchadnezzar had changed it, … When Jeremiah preached God’s message, he was arrested, beaten and dumped into a pit. Some might consider Jeremiah the model of faithfulness, while others might think of him as an example of failure and futility. We assist students in identifying, and developing, their God-given gifts, and talents, for the glory of God. First, his words were an intentional show of support for an organization that has had its share of troubles the past few years and nearly went bankrupt in 2019. They did not love God, so they did not obey Him. We celebrate the diversity of gifts, talents, and abilities found in our community. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash. Jeremiah 's Background. If you are born-again, you will never die spiritually. In God’s Blessings Just for You, award-winning author Jack Countryman shares one hundred blessings from Scripture, along with thoughtful reflections, to remind us of the many ways God shows His love for us. A changed heart is a prerequisite for obedience and relationship with God. While discipline is unpleasant in the moment, God's purpose in it is to restore his relationship with his people. ♦ God doesn’t ask for our advice; our responsibility is simply to yield to the will of God. We know that this covenant centers on Jesus Christ. And I’m convinced that I’m here for a purpose. God saw fit to save my life. King Zedekiah took back the slaves which he had freed in accordance with the word of the Lord in Deuteronomy and he is accused by the prophet of having thus "profaned the name of the Lord" (see v. 16). -There was oppression of the weak That is such a wonderful gift and I see some of you shaking your heads. For all of us, mystery encapsulates our relationship with God. You will never, ever be separated from God. 6:27-30) Judah. But Moses, through whom God established the Old Covenant, also anticipated the New Covenant. We finish Lamentations today and begin Ezekiel, so let’s take a look at this prophet and his book. What that is or what that looks like is beyond me. Caught in the Middle: Jeremiah’s Vocational Crisis 1 TERENCE E. FRETHEIM eremiah 20:7-18 is the most intense of the prophet’s many laments. I used to be a busy person. A wail for the destruction of Judah (9:10-22) Chapter 34 especially gives a keen perspective on what God expects of kings in relationship with their subjects and emphasizes the divine view of human slavery. Because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), the Law required that Israel perform daily sacrifices in order to atone for sin. Much was unspoken—but well understood—by David Jeremiah’s appearance. Jeremiah is a classic example of this. Beyond goals. Mystery surrounds God and His work. All of these videos are produced without any notes whatsoever, pretty much off … For instance, when Jeremiah says that God is a husband, the metaphor only has meaning when the people who hear his message think about a husband and his relationship with his wife. John 11:25 puts it this way, "I am the resurrection and the life. This translation masks the moment—the import—of God's words. Isn't it wonderful to have a relationship of trust and security? Jeremiah was put in prison, thrown into a well, and taken “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Jehovah: and they shall be my people and I will be their God; and they shall return unto me with the whole heart” (24:7). God sends Jeremiah into the temple to proclaim this message: Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. In some ineffable way, God has a personal knowledge of the individual that precedes conception. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 1-20.18 Jeremiah's relationship with God is unbroken and enduring despite his suffering and his anger at God. Not even conception is our real beginning. Despite all odds, I’m still here. Jeremiah's absolute loyalty to God creates a counterpoint to the behavior of the community whom he accuses of abandoning YHWH to follow after other gods, a theme that sweeps through chs. We grow and develop relationships to their full potential as we learn from, and love people, who are not like us. Its blind trust in its covenant relationship with God is a delusion, as are its false prophets with their message of peace. (b) The new covenant would restore the broken relationship between God and his people . (a) Jeremiah foretold that God would make a new covenant with Israel because the Sinai covenant had failed. It’s beyond me. 280 Fischer, “Riddles of Reference,” OTE 25/2 (2012): 277-291 At the very end of the book, there is a significant change to the plural “my servant s.” 12 It occurs in high density in the second-last chapter, six times in Isa 65:8-9,13-14, with God speaking, and indicates a new time of blessing. - He called people to repentance and promised that God was ready to forgive them. If God promises blessing and Judah does evil, then God withholds His blessing and Judah loses out with God. Beyond dreams. 2. That’s why, as God’s people, we need to immerse ourselves each day in the unwavering truth of Scripture. He is heart-broken and argues with God about his seemingly impossible mission to make people listen. One metaphor Jeremiah used to describe the character of God was the king metaphor: God is the “eternal King” (Jer. Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel were contemporaries calling the people of Israel to repentance and return to right relationship with God. Spiritual death is the separation of your soul from God. "9 As Frymer-Kensky notes, there is a sense of talionic justice in that just as "Israel's sin is sexual" (v. 20) so also "her punish­ ment will be equally sexual" (13:25-27).10 Beyond what I can envision for myself. But no one listens to the prophet. He resembles the northern prophet Hosea in his use of language and examples of God's relationship to Israel. (a)Social background to Jeremiah’s prophetic work. Here I want to highlight both of these aspects, especially in terms of the suffering God as reflected in the life of […] The following is my first attempt, a transcript (somewhat polished up in places) of my recent video on Jeremiah 31. Life can feel uncertain. This is essential—it is why God’s people failed over and over again and why they were facing judgment in Jeremiah’s day. Jeremiah's Message of Judgment and Hope for God's Unfaithful "Wife" 147 . If Judah is threatened with judgment and repents, then God will relent and withhold His judgment. Those who have gone to Babylon, says Jeremiah, are better off than those who remain, because God is going to bring them back to the land and establish a wonderful spiritual relationship with them (notice the rubric “they will be My people and I will be their God”) (24:4‑7). God calls people to a higher purpose than economic self-interest. Birth is not our beginning. 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