Jeremiah by Repin
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. Continue reading
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Imagine for a moment you are a citizen of Judah during the prophetic span of Isaiah’s ministry. The dates maybe somewhere around 740-700 BC. You saw your brothers in the North fall underseige to the Assyrians and there are strong, very strong warnings that the Babylonians are coming your way to do the same to you in the South. Mingled in Isaiah’s words are those of hope. A surprising mention of a servant. In obviously distinctive and fresh language, a vision and an application of a servant who will do things for the nation never before seen or heard. The ‘servant of God’ strand flowing through Isaiah marks a significant mysterious character whose qualities rival any prophet, priest, or king. Five ‘songs’ are featured in the latter portions of Isaiah.
Who is this servant? If you were hearing Isaiah’s words, you would truly be baffled. Is it Cyrus, Hezekiah, Eliakim, a missionary, Isaiah himself, a reincarnated Moses or Elijah, the nation of Israel, another king, God himself, is it the people of God corporately, are they individual ‘believers’, or is it an individual who is a messianic figure? The options abound for the hearers. He is a mystery man! Continue reading
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