Limits to Grace

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

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

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 …

Repent! Repent!

READ : Jeremiah 6-7 Jeremiah describes what will happen in the near future. Jerusalem will be besieged because “this is the city which must be punished” (6:6). This happened later in Jeremiah’s own lifetime. Again and again he said “thus says the LORD” and then described the results of the people’s failure to repent. Judah had come to believe that Jerusalem could not be destroyed because the temple was there. Jeremiah is instructed to stand at the temple and tell …

Sinking into Sin

READ : Jeremiah 3-5 Sometimes the term “Israel” is used for the whole nation, sometimes for the 10 northern tribes. Here it refers to the northern tribes which had long since been taken into captivity by the Assyrians. One would think that the southern kingdom of Judah would have learned a lesson from seeing what had happened to sinful Israel. Instead she continued to sink further into sin. Now the Babylonians are advancing upon them and the call is to …

Called to Be a Prophet

READ : Jeremiah 1-2 Jeremiah was clearly called by God: “I appointed you a prophet” (1:5). He made the excuse that because he was young he could not speak (v. 7). People should not choose to be pastors but rather sense that they are clearly called by God, and even more important, they must speak not their own ideas but the Word of God, which he has given us in the Bible. Jeremiah’s task was not easy. He had to …