Reading Lamentations

The book of Lamentations is very closely associated with the book of Jeremiah, as they both deal with the destruction of Jerusalem: Jeremiah as a prophetical warning, Lamentations as a lament after the fall. The poetry is important in interpreting the book as it highly corresponds to the message, which is that although the people […]

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Is God alive?

“They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they can do no harm, Nor can […]

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Let us examine our ways

You may not know the name Wilhelm Roentgen, but his discovery has undoubtedly impacted you.  It was in November of 1895 while the German physicist was replicating a common electrical experiment that he noticed an oddity.  A little curiosity combined with further testing, and Roentgen was able to conclude that not only are there light […]

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Building idols

In a remarkable — almost comical — passage, Jeremiah exposes the folly of ungodly worship: “They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.  Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because […]

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Let him who boasts

All men tend towards pride. A wise man’s temptation is to boast in his own wisdom.  A strong man is tempted to boast in his own strength.  A rich man is tempted to boast about his riches (Jer. 9:23). There is a two-fold problem with this pride.  First, the pride is rooted in an exaltation […]

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Jeremiah, destruction, and Christ

This morning I finished reading the last few chapters of Jeremiah — prophecies of the destruction of Moab, Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Elam, and Babylon.  And then the account of Judah being taken into captivity in Babylon. With all the words concerning the judgments of God and then that judgment being demonstrated against His own people, […]

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Reading Jeremiah

It is for good reason that Jeremiah is called “the weeping prophet.”  Not only is he the author of the book of Lamentations, but his ministry is also one of continued rejection.  And not only did the people reject his warnings from the Lord, but God Himself promised Jeremiah that they would reject these admonitions […]

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The New Covenant, Pt. 2

Part 1 is here. How do these covenants (and particularly the New Covenant) relate to the church? The language of the covenants is clear:  it is repeatedly stated by God and the writers of the OT that He is establishing a covenant with the nation of Israel that they will literally inherit.  For example: “Therefore […]

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The New Covenant, Pt. 1

This morning we read Jeremiah 31, which contains the promise of God to the nation of Israel that is commonly known as the New Covenant.  Because of the words of Jesus, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Lk. 21:20), the question has arisen:  “to what extent […]

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