We are now in the thick of the warnings and woes of the prophetic call. I used to think that these guys said the same things over and over to the same people. It seemed kind of redundant and way over the top. What I found out was that they were on a preaching tour around the country and that these words were shared with different groups of folks. So what may sound familiar was that the prophet was repeating himself as he moved around. He would just find a different way to say the same thing over and over. Hence the appearance to us that it is so monotonous. There are very few markers that tell us that it is a new group or a new town.
Some stuff about Jeremiah:
The Fourth Song is the most well-known of the Servant Songs comes to us from Isaiah 52:13-53:12. The most graphic and appalling of descriptions regarding who the servant is and what the purpose of his mission on the planet is. The fourth song is the most elaborate and poignant of them all. It is the zenith of Isaiah’s message and discussion about who God is and what he is about. It is as though we forgot the message and Isaiah needed to remind us with suddenness and intrusiveness. Almost as if he is screaming at us, “Don’t you get the picture. Let me draw it out for you one more time.” The irony of it all- the servant is exalted yet abused and quiet. Buried within the Song is kind of a macro view of birth to death.
Vv. 52:13- 53:1 God is speaking
Vv. 53:2-6 Israel is speaking
Vv. 53:7-12 God is speaking
Notice in this whole section who says nothing.
Servant Song #1 was a picture of a king, #2 had hints of a prophet, and in this one we have the qualifications of a priest (52:15).
In the Ancient Near East (ANE), one would cover their mouths with their hand as they approach another king. Here is 52:15, we see that the Servant is the King of kings, all, including kings, will shut their mouths because of who this servant is! What a picture.
I love the flow at the end of the song- The dead (9) is alive (11), the condemned (8) is righteous (11), and the helpless (7) is the victor (12)!! That is us friends. The whole reason for Jesus coming to the planet. The story of redemption and presence in our lives.
Ezekiel the Watchman
How are things going? Keep up the good work. Regardless of where you are on the schedule, I am certain Father is working in each of your hearts. Whether you are already finished, right on the date, or no where near where you want to be, it is OK. Father is just so glad you are reading every one of His words. This is not easy. It requires much diligence and fortitude. It is so doable though. We only have 29 days to go! I was talking to someone today who said, I am going to finish with everyone else if it kills me. She reads in the car (not driving), during TV commercials, in bed, at work on breaks, everywhere she can. Others around her are getting an earful on what it is we are all about. You go girl! Continue reading
“Care For the Hair Under There”
Rendition of Ezekiel's vision of the wheel and creatures.
I know that on Sunday, I mentioned that Jeremiah was full of drama. I should have waited just a few days to give the “drama” label to Ezekiel. My, my, my. Without a doubt if there is anyone in the Bible any more dramatic than Ezekiel it has yet to be seen. His vision, making maps of Jerusalem, eating scrolls, lying on his side for over a year, then flipping over and lying on the other for 40 days, eating Ezekiel 4:9 bread, shaving his head with a sword, cooking with human dung (changed to cow fortunately), cooking pots and meat, repetition of words and pictures, not mourning for his wife’s death, useless vines, eagles, comparing Jerusalem to prostitutes, it goes on and on. Continue reading
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Good work Saints! I get many great words of encouragement from some of you which propel me to further discipline and faithfulness. We are about a good thing!
"Jeremiah Lamentations" Chagall
Lamentations- Originally the title of the book was “Ah, how!” from the Hebrew words ‘ek ah.
This short book is not connected to a specific author or prophet, however, tradition puts it in the lap of Jeremiah. It is mainly composed of funeral songs for Jerusalem. Since Jeremiah does not deport in the exile, he has time to survey the damage left by the departure of the presence of Father. The year is 586 B.C., the Babylonian King is furious with his Vassal Zedekiah who would not keep his word. The temple is completely sacked and the city is left in piles of rubble. The people weep from the feeling that God has abandoned them. The poems show the people’s sense of guilt, confession, and repentance as they realize how deeply they have hurt God by their sin and unfaithfulness. Continue reading
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