My homework this week is to read the book of Jeremiah in one sitting. It’s important to know that Jeremiah is the LONGEST book in the entire Bible. It was quite the endeavor…we’re talking hours, folks. And quite a lot of chocolate to go with it. Also, I couldn’t do it in one sitting. After 5.5 hours, I decided to call it a day and finish it later. There is so much repetition and the oracles of doom can be quite depressing. And yet the overarching theme of God’s countless gracious calls to repentance makes a mark. He is so inhumanly patient. I was surprised by how many well-known passages are from Jeremiah. I could not include ’em all, but here are some of my favorites:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16
“They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. But am I the one they are provoking?” declares the Lord. “Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?” Jer. 7:18b-19
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.” Jer. 9:23-25
“This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them. But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country. And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives–even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal–then they will be established among my people.'” Jer. 12:14-16
Basically all of Jeremiah 17.
“”The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.”” Jer. 23:5-6
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jer. 23:30
Here’s a painting by Rembrandt of our “weeping prophet.”
“Then you will call upon me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord,” and will bring you back from captivity.” Jer. 29:12-14b
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother saying, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jer. 31:33
Chapter 35- Let’s be like the Recabites!
Ebed-Melech, the Cushite…I love him! Read of what he did in Chapter 38, and how he was rewarded in Chapter 39.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon” (Jer. 50: 33-35).