Jeremiah 19:1, “Thus says the Lord: Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take some of the old people and some of the elderly priests…”
Why did he ask for the elderly? Was this a special word just for them?
“Ancients – elderly. As witnesses of the symbolic action (v. 10; Isaiah 8:1, 2), that the Jews might not afterwards plead ignorance of the prophecy. The seventy-two elders, composing the Sanhedrin, or Great Council, were partly taken from “the priests,” partly from the other tribes, i.e. “the people,” the former presiding over spiritual matters, the later over the civil. The seventy-two represented the whole people.”
God wanted the leadership to know what He was going to do.
God is a God of hope. He is a God of justice and mercy. His mercies are new every morning. He does not want us to live in despair.
Jeremiah 15:19, “Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you – not you to [the people].”
Jeremiah 11:17, “For the Lord of hosts, Who planted you…”
I was planted in my family and later transplanted with my husband. We were planted in this town and planted in our church. Children were planted in our home.
Our son was transplanted with his wife and our granddaughter was planted in their home.
Where God plants us, we need to let our roots grow deep and live a life of productivity.
I always thought covetousness was just wanting something that was owned by another. I learned it goes deeper than that.
Jeremiah 8:10, “Therefore will I give their wives to others and their fields to those who gain possession of them; for everyone, from the least even to the greatest, is given to covetousness (is greedy for unjust gain); from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.”
Greedy for unjust gain…
- Wanting something for nothing.
- Getting more change back than due you and keeping it.
- Knowing you are not entitled to something and not correcting it.
I receive daily emails with the pollen count. The email I dreaded came on Wednesday…”Ragweed bloomed.”
After Ragweed blooms, I rarely leave the house until the first killing frost.
I wonder how they determine the date Ragweed blooms? Do they have someone whose job it is to watch the fields?
I found out “field watchers” or “keepers of the field” had a much different job.
Jeremiah 4:17, “Like keepers of a field they are against her round about, because she has been rebellious against Me, says the Lord.”
“Keepers of a field – a metaphor from those who watch a field, to frighten away the wild beasts.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I
I am not a brave or courageous woman. I’ve never preached on a street corner. It sometimes amazes me that I am owner and writer of this website.
Jeremiah felt the same way.
Jeremiah 1:7, “But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
“Such was the perversity of the rulers and people of Judea at that time, that whoever would desire to be a faithful prophet needed to arm himself with an intrepid mind; Jeremiah was naturally timid and sensitive, yet the Spirit moulded him to the necessary degree of courage without taking away his peculiar individuality.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I
My sons work schedule has made it more difficult to study. When he was in college I had quiet all morning. Now he works from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. It is hard to concentrate when he is here.
I take what I write very seriously. Today’s verse gave me more to consider.
Zephaniah 3:4, “Her prophets are light [lacking truth, gravity, and steadiness] and men of treachery; her priests have profaned the sanctuary; [defrauding God and man by pretending their own word is God’s word] they have done violence to the law.”
Each day I will ask myself this question. Is my writing: truthful, grave, steady, God’s word, not mine, and do I inspire you to study the law, which is God’s word, the Bible?
We have a mystery at our house that has gone on for a few months. At random times, I will walk by the phone and the “Line in Use” light will be flashing. When you pick up the phone it sounds like data being transmitted. It does not sound like a fax or a busy signal.
The technicians at our phone company have tried several different things to figure it out. The phone never rings and there is no record of a call coming in.
During the last call, it was suggested I unplug the phone line to my TV box. (We called them and they said it was not them.) I get a five dollar credit if I keep the phone line attached to the box. I didn’t want to unplug it.
Today I noticed the “Line in Use” light flashing and called the phone company again. I asked if they could come out and physically check to see if someone tapped into our line.
They said, “Sure, but it may cost you.”
I unplugged the phone lines from the TV boxes and told them to wait.
That is how King Manasseh was. He tried everything else first:
- He built high places, v. 3.
- He reared altars to Baal, v. 3.
- He made Asherim, v. 3.
- He worshiped all the hosts of heaven, v. 3.
- He built altars in the Lord’s house, v. 4, 5.
- He burned his children as an offering, v. 6.
- He practiced soothsaying, v. 6.
- He practiced augery [Attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.], v. 6.
- He practiced sorcery [Spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic, witchery.], v. 6.
- He dealt with mediums [A person serving, or conceived of as serving, as an instrument through which another personality or supernatural agency is alleged to manifest itself.], v. 6.
- He dealt with wizards [One who professes to practice magic; a magician or sorcerer.], v. 6.
- He set up carved images in the house of the Lord, v. 7.
(Definitions from “The Random House Dictionary of the English Language”)
But he turned to the Lord when it physically cost him.
2 Chronicles 33:12, “When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.”
The hardest part of parenting is when your child can make their own choices. You know from experience, and the experiences of others, that they will regret their choice. You want to spare them from pain, but they have to choose for themselves.
Hezekiah was a godly king. His son, Manasseh, was not.
2 Kings 21:2, “He [Hezekiah’s son] did evil in the sight of the Lord, after the [idolatrous] practices of the [heathen] nations whom the Lord cast out before the Israelites.”
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- 1 – 2 Kings 23; Psalms 49, 50
- 2 – Psalms 101; Habakkuk 1-3; Psalms 77
- 3 – Jeremiah 22, 47; 2 Kings 24; Psalms 89
- 4 – Psalms 102; Daniel 1, 2
- 5 – Daniel 3, 4
- 6 – Jeremiah 25, 26, 35
- 7 – Jeremiah 36, 45, 46; Ezekiel 1
- 8 – Ezekiel 2-6
- 9 – Ezekiel 7-10
- 10 – Ezekiel 11-13
- 11 – Ezekiel 14-16
- 12 – Ezekiel 17-19
- 13 – Ezekiel 20, 21
- 14 – Ezekiel 22-24
- 15 – Jeremiah 24, 29, 20, 21
- 16 – Jeremiah 23, 27, 28
- 17 – Jeremiah 34, 37, 38
- 18 – Jeremiah 48, 49
- 19 – Obadiah 1; Jeremiah 50
- 20 – Jeremiah 51, 30
- 21 – Jeremiah 31, 32
- 22 – Jeremiah 33; 2 Chronicles 36; 2 Kings 25
- 23 – Jeremiah 39, 52; Lamentations 1, 2
- 24 – Psalms 74; Lamentations 3
- 25 – Lamentations 4, 5; Psalms 94; Ezekiel 29
- 26 – Ezekiel 30, 31, 25, 26
- 27 – Ezekiel 27, 28; Jeremiah 40
- 28 – Jeremiah 41-44
- 29 – Ezekiel 32, 33
- 30 – Ezekiel 34-36
- 31 – Ezekiel 37-39