Apr 06

Family friendships

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Family friendships:

Family friendships

Personal friendships are a wonderful part of life, and faithful friendships help us enormously.  Family friendships, when members of one family are consistently friendly to another family, can help even more.

During the reigns of King Josiah and his sons, various members of two families are presented in the books of 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Jeremiah and Ezekiel with enough hints at connections to suggest that the families got on well together.

So who are these families?Continue reading

Mar 15

Sieges

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Sieges: Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem (FreeBibleImages.org / Sweet Publishing http://freebibleimages.org/illustrations/jeremiah-cistern/ Slide 6)

Sieges in Bible times

Nations come and nations go.  Empires rise and empires fall.  Cities blossom and flourish, then moulder into dust.

When a nation has a leader with grand ideas and a strong desire for power, its neighbours must pay heed to their defences.  Armies swell and walls are built or strengthened to protect important cities.  Watchers are placed at borders and leaders must decide what defensive action is best.Continue reading

Feb 23

God’s cup of anger

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Cup of anger: “Cup” by Firkin on OpenClipArt (https://openclipart.org/detail/282246/cup)

God’s cup of 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 – God’s cup of 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

Jan 23

Languages around Israel

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Languages around Israel:

Languages around Israel

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was trying to build an empire.  Defeating several small enemies one by one was going to be much easier for him than fighting a group of enemies who had banded together to fight a common enemy.  The nations around Israel knew this and were doing their best to fight King Nebuchadnezzar together.  They sent envoys to Jerusalem to meet together and arrange joint resistance.

But it wasn’t going to work.Continue reading

Dec 21

The stocks in the Bible

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The stocks:

Comfort

Comfort is important to us.  To get comfortable, 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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Josiah tore down idols in Israel

Or “Was Josiah a success?”

We all like to think that we have made a difference in the world.  King Josiah was a righteous king, but did he make a difference in his kingdom?  Was Josiah a success?

King Josiah

King Josiah reigned 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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Saturday was the Sabbath for Israel

Keeping the Sabbath

From time to time over many years, the following question has popped to my mind: 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