Category Archives: Life Lessons

Tuesdays with Jeremiah (Chapter 41)

This chapter continues to chronicle the political and spiritual collapse of the Jewish remnant left in the land after the fall of Jerusalem.  Seven months into Gedaliah’s governorship, Ishmael returns to meet with Gedaliah.  Ishmael, who is almost always referred … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Jeremiah (Chapter 39)

This is the first of two recounting of the fall of Jerusalem; the final chapter in the book (52) gives a more detailed version of the same events.  Chapter 39 tells the grim news in chronological sequence with the surrounding … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Jeremiah (Chapter 35)

Chapter 34 focused attention on the fickle king and people of Jerusalem; chapter 35 introduces the faithful Rechabites.  Where Zedekiah, his officials and people vacillated in keeping their covenant promises, the Rechabites were faithful to their covenant promises.  Where the … Continue reading

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Wise Men (and Women) Still Worship

This Christmas I’ve been reflecting on Matthew’s account of the Magi who came to worship the infant Christ.  Worship was the sole purpose of their long journey:  “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Psalms

This morning in my devotional time, I read Psalm 22.  Not your traditional Christmas reading.  In fact, it seems much more suited to Good Friday. In this psalm, David laments the suffering he is experiencing and cries out for God … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Jeremiah (Chapter 31)

This chapter is the high-watermark of the “Book of Consolation” (30-33) and the book of Jeremiah. It could be the high point of the entire Old Testament!  It contains an extended description of the joyful re-gathering and resettlement in the … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Jeremiah (Chapter 27)

In this chapter Jeremiah lives out his calling as a prophet to “nations and kingdoms”, a prophet sent to “uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant” (1:10).  He has a message for kings and … Continue reading

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