With Countless Beatings

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 37:1-15   Were you ever beaten? Not spanked-beaten. Did the person administering the beating tell you that it was for your own good? The persons beating Jeremiah saw themselves as loyal patriots. Those who crucified Jesus really and truly believed that what they were doing was in the best interests of their nation. How many resentments, how much bitterness resides deep down in us against those who have beaten us physically, abused us verbally, shunned us, mocked …

No Longer God’s Word To Us

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 36:20-32   We don’t burn books today, do we? We just replace the ones we don’t like with those that we do. In schools and colleges across the land, school boards select books that promote ideas alien to what the Bible teaches. And in religious training schools no one would dream of burning the Bible. Is it that the Bible is not God’s Word to us any longer? Is it just the record of the faith of …

The Power of the Written Word

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 36:1-19   When Martin Luther challenged Pope Leo X’s sale of indulgences he didn’t preach a sermon. He wrote his 95 theses down on a poster and nailed it to the cathedral door at Wittenberg. You and I are part of the ripple effect from the wave of response that happened in 1517. Apparently the written Word was powerful in Jeremiah’s day because when the princes of the land saw what he had written they warned both …

If They Can Do It, Why Can’t We?

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 35:12-19   If James Jones tells his followers to swallow suicide pills, they do it. If a cult leader in Texas tells his followers to arm themselves and kill the authorities of the law, they do it. Christian Scientists shun doctors because Mary Baker Eddy told them. Jehovah’s Witnesses ring our doorbells incessantly because their leaders order it. Jeremiah uses the example of the obedience of the Rechabites to their ancestor as an example for all the …

They Sound Like the Amish, Jeremiah

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 35:1-11   What an unusual story! Jeremiah is told by the Lord to try to get a group of teetotalers to drink wine, knowing that they will refuse. Then he uses their faithfulness to their ancestor Jonadab as an example to all the people of God about the way to respond to the commands of the Lord. There is something breathtaking about reading the gospel story of Jesus in the light of what we have read in …