Category Archives for "Jeremiah"

Aug 03

The Prophet Zephaniah

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah , Minor prophets

The Prophet 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.  What about the prophet Zephaniah?Continue reading

Jul 22

What did God think of his priests?

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

God’s priests

When God led the people of Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai, they quickly went astray while Moses was up on the mountain.  Only the Levites worshipped God as he wanted them to and so he selected them as his special tribe in Israel.  Not only that, but he selected Aaron, Moses’ brother, as priest, with his descendants after him inheriting this important task.Continue reading

Jun 22

Quotations from Jeremiah

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Quotations from the Old Testament

Writers in the New Testament often refer to passages from the Old Testament – including some quotations from Jeremiah.  Used for two main reasons, this habit ties the two testaments very closely together.  So what are the two reasons?Continue reading

Jun 08

Covenants

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Bible covenants: Noah sees a rainbow

Bible Covenants

A covenant is simply an agreement.

When we sign a contract, that is an agreement, and each country has many laws that detail just how binding such agreements are. These sorts of agreements and their associated laws have changed through history, and the Bible tells us of many agreements made thousands of years ago.Continue reading

May 25

Mourning in the Bible

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Mourning (http://freebibleimages.org/illustrations/jairus-daughter/ Slide 12)

Mourning in the Bible

Death and mourning are subjects which became important for humans because of sin (Romans 5:12). Different countries have many different customs surrounding death.  Many ways of mourning can be seen around the world. Not only that, but customs have also changed a lot through time. There is quite a bit of variation in mourning described in the Bible too, with some differences based simply on whether the person who had died was respected or loathed! Let’s have a quick look at death and mourning in the Bible, particularly in connection with the time of Jeremiah.Continue reading

May 11

Keeping the Passover

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Lamb - poem

The Passover

When God was about to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, they were told to bring a lamb into their home on the 10th day of the first month (Exodus 12:3) before killing it on the 14th at twilight (Exodus 12:6).

A lamb in the home?

When the Passover is defined as a national feast in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16, there is no mention of any requirement to keep the lamb beforehand. Was this just a once-off requirement as part of building up for the first Passover? Continue reading

Apr 18

High places

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

High places:

High places

When we wish to see a wider view, we look for high places. Each year, about 1,000 people try to climb Mount Everest. In 2016, about 600 reached the summit and 6 climbers died.

Of course, the world’s highest mountain is a far cry from a local hill, but it seems that high places have always been attractive to people, and the Bible talks about “high places” about one hundred times.Continue reading

Mar 30

Was it really so bad?

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Was it really so bad? (Josiah):

Was it really so bad?

From time to time, I am asked the question: “Why does the series Terror on Every Side! present such a negative picture of God’s opinion of Judah even in the time of Josiah who was such a good king?”

The answer to this question takes time to give.Continue reading

Mar 16

Birds in Israel

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Birds in Israel:

Birds

Israel is home to many species of birds. In the Old Testament, the law of Moses devotes space to lists of which types of birds are unclean (e.g., Leviticus 11:13-19 and Deuteronomy 14:11-18).

The law forbade eating of unclean birds, and a quick look at the list of unclean birds shows that all the birds included eat meat or fish.Continue reading

Mar 05

The year in Israel – feasts

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

The year in Israel - feasts:

Feasts

The cycle of the year in Israel was guided by “feasts” – annual religious events. The name “feast” can be a little misleading as it may lead us to think of celebrations with party food, but these feasts were not like that at all. One “feast” – the Day of Atonement – required all the people to “deny themselves” (Leviticus 23:27), which seems to refer to fasting.Continue reading

Feb 10

The year in Israel – rain

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Early and latter rains:

Rain

For those of us who live in cities, particularly western cities, the cycle of the year does not effect us much.  Our weather may change, but ploughing, sowing, threshing and reaping have little impact on us.  Western supermarkets are stocked with a vast array of foods throughout the year, and the immediate connection between the fertile earth and the food on our tables is not very clear.  Foods can be imported from countries all over the earth and land on supermarket shelves within days of being picked in some remote corner of the world.  For us, the early and latter rains don’t really matter much.Continue reading

Jan 26

Copying

By Mark Morgan | Jeremiah

Copying:

Copying

Last year I started to write out sections of scripture, and today, reading over what I had written, I came across a mistake that highlighted one sort of error that can very easily be made by copyists.Continue reading