Jeremiah

THE FRUSTRATED PROPHET

Prophesying just before and into the exile of the people of Judah, Jeremiah is a book of lament, honesty and frustration. This prophet was called by God to a very annoying people, that wouldn’t listen to him, put him in prison, beat him up and called him a traitor but he keeps going (only after complaining to God though) Jeremiah is taken into captive with the exiled people and I imagine with a big sign saying ‘I told you so’ but he prophesies that there is hope and that they will only be in exile for 70 years a prophecy that both Zerubabbel and Daniel read to give them hope and direction.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

 
 

 

Part One

they will fight against, but will not overcome you, for i am with you

j 1:19

This is the first glimpse into the book of the Prophet Jeremiah. A Prophet sent by God to bring a message of correction to his people. Get to know Jeremiah and his life, see the heart of God revealed and see Jesus in the pages as God reveals his redemptive plan.


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THE CALL OF JEREMIAH

I love the fact that the Bible isn’t full of people that we can’t relate to, they are not people that respond in superhuman ways that I am simply never going to be able to imitate. But the Bible is filled with people that inspire and stir us to be more than we currently are.  That is what happens to me when I read Jeremiah; I know that this man was a prophet and not just a ‘prophetic person’ but a prophet called by God to speak to his nation, to speak to Kings. But I love reading the calling of Jeremiah in the first chapter and taking time to study what it says not just about his reaction to the call of God but to God’s reaction to his doubts and fears.

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A PROPHET'S CALLING ps NAT TAYLOR

It was recently declared over me, “the gift of prophecy rides on the back of the character of courage. You’ve got both and hats off to you. When you are like that you create enemies just because you are like that and I would say get used to it for the rest of your life. That you are here to upset the apple cart, you are here to upset the status quo, and that’s not you interfering, that’s you with gifting. That’s who you are. Who you are is to turn things that are wrong side up and to turn them right side up. That’s you and so don’t be a conformist. Don’t be a nice person. Be a revolutionary, that’s what you're called to do. Let Hartley (my lovely husband) be the nice guy.”

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Part Two

i know the plans i have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future

J 29:11

This second snapshot in the Book of Jeremiah explores, who is Jeremiah? Why the suffering prophet? When was Jeremiah delivering these prophecies and who was he delivering these prophecies too?


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HAVE I AND DO I?

As I read Jeremiah I am overwhelmed with the questions: have I and do I? Every time I read the charges against Israel: you followed other gods, you prostituted yourself, you didn’t trust in me, you have no awe of me. I can’t help but self-assess – have I done these things in my life, do I do these things today? Now I know that as Pentecostals we find the Old Testament judgment uncomfortable because we are grace people, but just because we are saved by grace doesn’t mean that the same idolatry and issues can’t creep into our hearts. It makes me nervous to have a Christianity that is impervious to correction and immune to the feeling of guilt and remorse before God because we are ‘saved by grace’. Sometimes I think it’s OK to do a self-analysis of the mistakes made by the Israelites in the past and the charges held against them in the book of Jeremiah and think to yourself – have I done this to God, do I currently have these things in my life? To feel the sense of remorse for sin, to feel the correction of God when he disciplines us, to allow God to teach us.

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Part Three

you will find me when you seek me with all your heart

J 29:13

This is the third and final instalment in the Jeremiah series. In this video snapshot, we ask you to examine 'whose voice are you listening to?' Also some key verses and things to notice as you read the Book of Jeremiah.


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THE ONLY WAY FOR EVIL TO PREVAIL

There is a famous quote that says: “The only way for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. And as I read Jeremiah, I keep hearing this over and over again but in a slightly different version – all I hear is

“The only way for evil to prevail is for good men to say nothing!”

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