Reading the Old Testament Prophets

Three qualities stand out in reading the prophets in the Old Testament. They were lawyers, poets and prognosticators. First of all, the prophets did not deliver new laws to the people of Israel. They constantly drew their attention back to the law already given to them through Moses, and urged them to have a change…

Looking Back

This past week I once again took part in the Q & A held at the Sun City congregation. One of the questions prompted me to read The Book of Zechariah again. I never cease to be amazed at the re-reading of a book. I think it is because so much time has lapsed between…

Jeremiah v. Lying Prophets

Jeremiah is a man “…to whom the word of the Lord came” (1:2). Over a dozen times Jeremiah introduces his messages by writing, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,…” One of the main conflicts he faced was with the “lying prophets” of Judah who sought to counter his message of impending doom with…

“This is the temple of the Lord!”

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house; and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your…

God’s Use of the Nations

I am developing a list of various tensions in Scripture. For example, Jesus describes His way as easy and light in one place, but strait and narrow in another place. Our current studies in Lamentations points to another of these tensions. On the one hand you have the unrelenting lament of the book, but future mercy…