Feb 23

A cup of anger

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A cup of God’s anger

Many prophets of God saw unusual sights and strange visions.  At times, it is hard to tell whether what they were seeing was real, a vision or a dream.

In Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah was given a cup of anger – God’s anger – to take to many different nations.  Verse 18 talks of the nations being ruined “as at this day”, which suggests that this part of the text was written some time after the prophecy was fulfilled.Continue reading

Dec 21

The stocks

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The stocks:

Comfort

Comfort is important to us.  To maintain or increase our level of comfort, we will often be willing to spend a lot of money or work very hard – maybe even change our job or move to a different house, town or country. Some prophets, however, could not avoid the stocks in the Bible: it was all part of doing their job.

We do our best to avoid discomfort and expect others to do the same, so when we look at the lives of prophets in the Bible, the difference stands out.Continue reading

Dec 08

Priest or prophet?

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Prophet or priest:

Jeremiah: priest or prophet?

Have you ever wondered what a prophet of God did when he wasn’t prophesying?

Of the people who we know as prophets, many seem to have been used by God on only a few occasions.  For example, Abraham, Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9), Uriah (Jeremiah 26:20) and various other prophets who aren’t even named.Continue reading

Nov 27

Silence?

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Silence:

Arguments from silence

Often when we have a pet theory but little evidence, we will use arguments from silence.  We use the fact that something has not been reported as proof that it never happened or that the evidence we have should be ignored.  This is a very weak way of arguing, but sometimes we use it anyway.

However, it is also valuable at times to think of things about which the Bible is silent and what the reasons for the silence might be.  Today we will look at some events or facts which the book of Jeremiah does not mention.Continue reading

Nov 10

Marriage in the Bible

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Marriage:

Marriage?

In the times of Jeremiah, God often used the picture of unfaithfulness in marriage, and even divorce, to show how terrible the behaviour of Israel and Judah was when they worshipped other gods.  This lesson has now lost its power in many countries of the world because unfaithfulness and adultery are not viewed as seriously as God views them.Continue reading

Oct 26

Anointing Bible Kings

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Anointing Bible kings:

Appointing kings

Many countries that have kings or queens, and even those with prime ministers or presidents, have ornate ceremonies for appointing a new person to the position.  The rules for choosing who the new leader will be and the associated rituals are considered important and followed carefully. The same was true for anointing Bible kings.Continue reading

Oct 13

Did King Josiah make a difference?

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King Josiah

King Josiah reigned at a time near the end of the kingdom of Judah, about 600 years before Jesus Christ was born.  He is described in 2 Kings 23:25:

“Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”Continue reading

Sep 29

“Other gods”

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Foreign gods

The Bible – in both the Old and New Testaments – speaks often about the worship of “other gods”. In the Old Testament, we read of different nations worshipping their own individual gods, but the nation of Israel seemed to want to worship all of the available gods!Continue reading

Sep 14

The Sabbath

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Keeping the Sabbath

For many years, the following question has popped to my mind from time to time: Did the people of Israel and Judah keep the Sabbath day during the period of the kings?  Keeping the Sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments, but did God’s people keep the day holy as God had said?Continue reading

Aug 31

Jeremiah in Greek

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The Septuagint

The book of Jeremiah was originally written in the Hebrew language and what we read of Jeremiah in our English Bibles is mostly translated from this Hebrew version.  However, the Old Testament was also translated into common Greek about 250 years before Christ, so it included a version of Jeremiah in Greek.Continue reading

Aug 17

Other books

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Other books in Bible times

Have you ever noticed in the Bible that there are references to other books that are not included in the Bible?  From time to time, someone in our family will refer to “Waheb in Suphar and the valleys of the Arnon” – a rather quaint and attractive expression from Numbers 21:14 where it is said to come from “the Book of the Wars of the Lord”.  Unfortunately, this quaintness is missing from the KJV which says simply “What he did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon”.Continue reading

Aug 03

Zephaniah

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Zephaniah

When we read of prophets in the Bible we can get the feeling that they all lived at different times from each other.  There is almost never any indication of different prophets meeting each other or working together.  However, there are just a few examples, including Moses and Aaron; Elijah and Elisha; Haggai and Zechariah; and two nameless prophets in the time of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and maybe some others.Continue reading

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