Justice and Righteousness

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 20-22 Pashhur the priest, a religious ruler in the Lord’s temple, should have done justice. Instead he beats Jeremiah and throws him in the stocks. Therefore he will be among those carried captive into Babylon. As a result of this painful experience, Jeremiah pours out his heart to God in anguish that he must suffer for preaching God’s Word. He decides to stop, but he cannot do so. He reflects the words of Job wishing he had …

Exile and Return

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 17-19 The time of punishment has come for Judah. Now the nature of that punishment is foretold; they will be taken away into exile (17:4). They often trusted in other nations to rescue them rather than in God; such behavior results in God’s curse (v. 5). On the other hand, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD” (v. 7). Such a person is “like a tree planted by water” (v. 8), which is an obvious …

Limits to Grace

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 14-16 God is gracious and longsuffering. For centuries he had been merciful to Israel in spite of constant backslidings and stubbornness. But now the time of judgment had come. Many people would like to believe that there are no limits to God’s grace, but both the Old and New Testaments tell us there are. In spite of how terribly they had treated him, Jeremiah prays fervently for the people in the midst of a devastating drought. But …

When Things Go Wrong

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 11-13 The concept of covenant is a very important one in the Bible. In fact, the Bible is the story of two covenants, the old one with Israel and the new one with the church. Covenant describes a relationship between God and humanity. God will be faithful to his side of the relationship and he calls upon us to be faithful to our side. But Israel constantly broke the covenant; she was unfaithful to God. Occasionally she …

Brokenhearted Prophet

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 8-10 Sometimes a prophet could see the future so clearly that he could speak of it as though it already had taken place. The false prophets are especially to blame because they keep telling the people everything will be all right when it will not be. We must, above all, preach about the love of God, but if we never mention his wrath we are false prophets. In some churches sin and punishment are never mentioned; this …