Getting Attention

READ : Ezekiel 4-7 We must never seek to draw attention to ourselves. John the Baptist is our example here. He pointed away from himself to Christ. But God wants us to draw attention to the message he has given us. It is so important that people listen, that sometimes extreme means must be taken. Ezekiel is commanded to exhibit some strange behavior so that the Jews in Babylon will realize that their complacent attitude in thinking that soon the …

Called to Be a Prophet

READ : Ezekiel 1-3 Ezekiel was part of a group of Jews taken into exile in Babylon about 10 years before the fall of Jerusalem, so that his ministry is in Babylon at the same time Jeremiah is serving in Jerusalem. Near Babylon he has a great vision of the glory of God. A passage such as chapter 1 is called apocalyptic literature. It is a great message from God expressed in symbolic language intended to give a vivid impression …

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

READ : Lamentations 3-5 Jeremiah complains because of how God has treated him. Then his mood changes as he realizes that “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases” (3:22). This new mood is expressed in words which form the basis for part of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Then he uses words which are the basis for part of the prayer in the Funeral Service in the Liturgy of the Reformed Church in America, “He does not willingly …

Weeping over Jerusalem

READ : Lamentations 1-2 The book of Lamentations consists of five poems which are traditionally attributed to Jeremiah after the fall of Jerusalem. Four of the poems are acrostics, that is, they have sections starting with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet consecutively. Great sorrow is expressed at the condition of Jerusalem, although it is recognized that this is the fault of the inhabitants. In part of the poetry, Jerusalem herself is speaking. While the words “Is it nothing …

Babylon Is Fallen

READ : Jeremiah 51-52 Chapter 51 continues the theme that Babylon also will fall because of her pride. “I am against you, O proud one, says the Lord GOD of hosts” (50:31). Her fall is also linked to her terrible treatment of Jerusalem. She was God’s instrument in the fall of Jerusalem, but she will be punished because her own motives were sinful. The Medes are predicted to be the instruments of God in bringing about the fall of Babylon, …

The Sin of Pride

READ : Jeremiah 49-50 Throughout the Bible God condemns sexual sins. But he condemns one sin even more vigorously. It is the sin of pride. Jeremiah continues to receive messages from the Lord regarding the fall of nations. In most cases the fall is traced to the sin of pride. In the condemnation of the Ammonites we find these lines, “Why do you boast . . . O faithless daughter, who trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against …