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IBC Women’s Blog July 19, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog July 19, 2019

Jeremiah By Jodie Montgomery

I’m reading through the Bible this year in 44 weeks, so at least a book a week and this week is Jeremiah. I feel sick when reading through Jeremiah. I’m not sure if this is because I relate to Jeremiah or to the rebellious masses. I just know this book ups my angst in longing for God’s justice and mercy.

Jeremiah is God’s messenger to Judah before God exiles Judah in Babylon due to Judah’s rejection of God. A common phrase in Jeremiah is “they will not listen” or “they stiffened their necks” yet Jeremiah keeps receiving the word of God and speaking the word of God. A common story in Jeremiah is his mistreatment. Jeremiah is consistently persecuted by those he was trying to save. Jeremiah was beaten and put in stocks, accused by religious leaders and officials who considered him deserving of death, hidden as the King in anger burned his writings, cast into a cistern of mud and left to die, called a liar, and repeatedly rejected. Jeremiah was called into ministry at a very young age and suffered through the years by those who should have been his mentors. Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet.

As I finish reading Jeremiah, I’m shockingly filled with hope. God always, always, always is characterized by long-suffering. God always, always, always provides an eternal hope for His remnant. God always, always, always precedes judgment with extensive warning. God always, always, always is merciful. His discipline of His people is merciful.

When I get to chapters 30-35 I rejoice. These chapters contain many promises of restoration after Israel is disciplined. God does not forget the exiled. God promises a New Covenant of life. The believer celebrates this New Covenant fulfilled in Christ every time the believer takes the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8:8-13). Jeremiah preaches hope.

Jeremiah anticipates the apostle’s directions in  2 Timothy 4:1-4: I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Jeremiah reveals that the faithful endure suffering with the hope that some will hear and find eternal life. Galatians 6:7-9  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

I thank God for Jeremiah and for those that follow his example in every age.