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Second Chances - Jeremiah
Of all the prophets of the Old Testament, there is none into whose heart we see so clearly; whose internal struggles are laid so bare as Jeremiah. He shares his five “Confessions“ which are recorded in Book 1, chapters 11 - 20 of his prophecy. These are his confessions of those things which so deeply troubled him.
Jeremiah was a tender hearted man. He was not someone of whom others would have said, “He should be a hell-fire prophet“ For Jeremiah had trouble with the message of doom he had to deliver.
“Woe is me, my mother,
that thou hast borne me
a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!
I have neither lent on usury,
nor men have lent to me on usury;
[yet] every one of them doth curse me.“ (Jer.
* posted by Robert on Mon 09/08/03
Second Chances - Hezekiah
The book of 2 Kings describes Hezekiah as a good man. 2 Kings 18:3 says, “And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.“ Only he and his great-grandson Josiah tore down the high places [the hilltop altars to pagan deities]. They were the two holiest men to wear the crown of David.
Yet, even Hezekiah could sin and bring judgement. And his sin was to doubt God and to turn to the Egyptians for help against the Assyrians. Beginning in chapter 28 of his prophecy, Isaiah preaches fiercely against Hezekiah‘s sinful foreign policy.
Isaiah 28:14-15: “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with
* posted by Robert on Sun 09/07/03
A Hymn to Faith
The prophet Habakkuk wrote:
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds‘ [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. ...“ (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Habakkuk was a prophet of God to the people of Judah. He was possibly a Levite and a musician in the Jerusalem temple. He wrote his prophecy during the early days of King Josiah, circa 630 BC.
Habakkuk struggled with a crisis of faith. He saw the wickedness of Judah; the horrible
* posted by Robert on Mon 09/01/03
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