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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Word of the Lord

The Tuesday morning study has switched gears.  We are working on an overview of Jeremiah in preparation for studying the book.  It is a long ‘un, 52 chapters.  I have been through it about four times this week.  I do not have a handle on it yet, not sure I ever will, Prof said this was one, if not the, hardest books in the Bible to outline.  I have not finished the overview yet but there are some patterns emerging.
What is central to the message of the prophet Jeremiah?  Thoughts at DTTB.
One is the centrality of disobedience to the Word of the Lord in Judah’s rebellion against God.  The phrase “the Word of the Lord” appears 52 times in the book and the phrase “declares the Lord” appears 171 times.  Further the around 700 times Jeremiah quotes God as saying, “I…” the verbs are nearly too numerous to count.  Suffice it to say that the Lord is extremely active in this book.

There are numerous references to false prophets or teachers who, instead of teaching the Word of the Lord are sharing their own ideas.  God through Jeremiah does not seem to think much of that behavior.

The clear message is that the Word of the Lord is not just central to Judah’s rebellion it is central in the plan and purpose of God.  The value that God places on His Word cannot be overstated.  I have not finished the overview, probably will not for another week or so, but one of the key verses has to be Jeremiah 15:16.  It occurs to me that we should seek to live out that passage.

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