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November 2 – The Watchman on the Wall

November 2
Ezekiel 3:16-6:14
Hebrews 4:1-16
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 26:27

Ezekiel 3:18 – The scariest words in the Old Testament: “his blood will I require at thine hand.” God has given us a message to warn the wicked that they shall die in their sins (Romans 6:23). If we do not warn him, he will die for his sins – he receives the just punishment of his deeds – but God will hold us accountable.

Ezekiel 3:20 – When we see a Christian falling into temptation – we have the same responsibility!

Ezekiel 3:26-27 – May this be our prayer – LORD keep my mouth shut when I need to keep it shut, and keep it open when I need to keep it open!

Ezekiel 4:1BibleBlender has some interesting visual depictions of what this scene may have looked like.

Ezekiel 4:5 – Over a year Ezekiel lay on his left side, and for over a month he lay on his right side.

Ezekiel 4:15 – Ezekiel the priest was revulsed by what was coming, and asked God are you sure? God was not instituting a new dispensation here (Acts 10:15) – just illustrating how desperate the country would get. Thus he allowed Ezekiel to prepare his bread with cow dung rather than human dung.

Ezekiel 5:3 – God’s pictures were very graphic. The preaching hadn’t made a difference, so God tried another technique to teach His people.

Ezekiel 6:7 – God is judging sin harshly. So that his people “shall know that I am the LORD.” 4 times in this chapter we read this purpose for God’s actions. He will not abandon his bride that has gone “a whoring after their idols” (Ezekiel 6:9).

Ezekiel 6:10 – “I have not said in vain.” Deuteronomy 27 contained the curses of Mount Ebal. They were not in vain. God doesn’t say “try harder next time!”

Hebrews 4:12 – How can we keep our hearts from hardening? How can we know we can enter the rest? How can we not fall victim to unbelief?

  • Thru the Scripture of God. Our powerful Hope.
  • Thru the Sight of God. Our omniscient Creator.
  • Thru the Son of God. Our empathetic Priest.

Psalm 104:34 – Take time to enjoy the sweetness of our LORD. Don’t let the cares of the world drag you down.

Proverbs 26:27 – As Patch the Pirate shares with us, “You Reap what You Sow.

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November 1 – The wheel in a wheel!

November 1

We’re just two months from the end of the year! Hang in there!

Ezekiel 1:1-3 – This is the Exilic prophet – Jeremiah wrote about the coming Exile, but Ezekiel is the first prophet we’ll be reading from within the Exile. The year is 592 BC, and we’re a little northwest of Babylon. We find out why he was part of the first waves (specifically wave 2 in 597 BC) – he was a priest, an influential leader.

Ezekiel 1:5

Ezekiel 1:16 – Yes this is the “wheel in a wheel” passage, that inspired the spiritual, “Ezekiel Saw The Wheel”

Ezekiel 1:15

Ezekiel 1:27 – In Revelation 1:15-16, John describes seeing Jesus – “his feet – as if burned in a furnace” and “his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Ezekiel 1:28 – What to do when you see things unexplainable and indescribable? Fall on your face in humility!

Ezekiel 2:2 – Notice when Ezekiel didn’t have the strength to stand, the spirit set him on his feet! When we’ve exhausted our store of endurance – he giveth more grace!

https://youtu.be/eAZ33bX-NK4?t=153

Ezekiel 2:5 – Ezekiel must have felt like a Christian school teacher. Out of strength, can’t get off lying face down in the ground (Ezekiel 1:28). He’s speaking to “impudent children and stiffhearted.” God says – “whether they will hear or whether they will forbear… [they] shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.” Pray for the Christian school teachers that you know – they ain’t getting rich, they are exhausted, and they are prophets to their “impudent children!”

Ezekiel 3:5 – Home missions may not be as rewarding but God calls people to reach their Judea first! Yes the monthly updates to supporting churches may be discouraging but faithfulness not results is what the Master calls for (2 Timothy 2:2).

Ezekiel 3:15 – Ezekiel was astonished seven days at the vision he saw. Ezekiel the priest was astonished. Don’t worry if you are still scratching your head about the incredible vision of Ezekiel 1.

Hebrews 3:1 – Yes Ezekiel was priest – but he struggled to explain the things that God showed him. We have a greater priest (Hebrews 3:3)! Greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3), greater than creation (Hebrews 3:4),

Hebrews 3:7 – We start the second warning passage (Hebrews 2:1-4 begins the first warning – “How shall we escape?”). Now we begin the “Harden not your hearts” warnings.

Hebrews 3:12 – Here’s a scary concept. Paul is writing to his brethren and warning them about an evil heart of unbelief that will cause them to depart from the living God. You can find “atheist activists” like Dan Barker that were pastors who now have turned their backs on God.

Hebrews 3:15 – How do we avoid being shipwrecked and denied entry into the rest (Hebrews 3:11, Hebrews 3:18)? Hear his voice and open your heart.

Psalm 104:4 – Interesting that this description matches Ezekiel’s references of fire (Ezekiel 1:4, 1:13). This whole Psalm echoes Hebrews 1:4 – “he that built all things.” As the Psalmist inventories creation – God made it all!

Proverbs 26:25 – A great admonition for election season!

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October 31 – Jesus calls us brethren!

October 31
Lamentations 4:1-5:22
Hebrews 2:1-18
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 26:23

Lamentations 4:13 – God judges a nation’s religious leaders first. Look how they are described in Lamentations 4:14-15.

Lamentations 5:21 – Jeremiah ends his lament with a plea for God to return – yet he realizes that for Israel it is too late.

Hebrews 2:2 – Almost every time a human encounters an angel, the first angelic words are “Fear not!” Yet if we fear an angel, shall we not fear the maker of the angel? We have not the word of an angelic encounter but the Word of God!

Hebrews 2:4 – What was the purpose of the signs and wonders? To confirm His revelation to man.

Hebrews 2:7 – The back and forth between humans and angels is emphasized here: created lower than the angels, but crowned with glory and honor!

Hebrews 2:16-17 – Jesus took not the nature of angels, but was “made like unto his brethren.” He chose to be like us!

Psalm 103:11 – How great is God’s mercy! In just a few verses (Psalm 103:17) – we’ll see how long is His mercy!

Proverbs 26:23 – We talked about this a while back – a potsherd is a broken piece of pottery. Jesus had a similar thought in Matthew 23:27 when he called the scribes and Pharisees “whited sepulchers.”

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October 30 – The Hebrew Acrostic of Lamentations

October 30 Lamentations 3:1-66 Hebrews 1:1-14 Psalm 102:1-28 Proverbs 26:21-22
Hebrew Alphabet
Lamentations 3:1 – A little bit of “technical analysis” – Lamentations 1, 2, and 4 are Hebrew Acrostics – each verse starts with a different Hebrew letter (Aleph/A, Beit/B, Gimel, Daleth, He, etc…), so each chapter is 22 verses (22 Hebrew letters). Lamentations 3 is 66 verses – the first 3 verses all start with Aleph, the next three verses start with Beit, the next three verses start with Gimel. (Remember that Hebrew is written from right to left). In other words, this is clearly poetic writing. Not narrative (I did this, then he did that). Narratives can explain battles, but poetry can explain pain.
https://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt3203.htm
Lamentations 3:2123 – Three chapters in and it seems there is no hope. But there is – in the Lord’s mercy, compassion, and faithfulness! Great is Thy Faithfulness!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMACCtitfRw
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Lamentations 3:24 – I saw a statistic on the internet – 1 in 3 people who touch alcohol become drunk, but we think we’re ok. 1 in 300,000,000 win the lottery, and we think – could be me! Hope is not the “Wishin and hopin and thinkin and prayin” as a pop singer sang. Biblical Hope is “Confidence in a future event” – and with Jesus – 1 in 1 are pluck-free (John 10:28)! Hope is the theme of the mid-section of Lamentations 3.
  • “my hope is perished” Lamentations 3:18
  • “have I hope” Lamentations 3:21
  • “will I hope in him” Lamentations 3:24
  • “man should…hope” Lamentations 3:26
  • “there may be hope” Lamentations 3:29
Our confidence is that grief is followed by compassion (Lamentations 3:32). Anger is followed by favour (Psalm 30:5). We must, however, acknowledge our sins, accept the punishment (Lamentations 3:39), and radically adjust our ways (Lamentations 3:40). Lamentations 3:53 – Jeremiah isn’t speaking hyperbole – he actually knew what a dungeon was like (Jeremiah 38:6). Lamentations 3:54 – Near drowning is a horrifying experience. Vic Eliason shared how his brother saved him from drowning as a young boy, and Vic never forgot the experience. Let’s look at Biblical references to near drowing:
  • Jeremiah “waters flowed over mine head (Lamentations 3:54)
  • Jonah “waters compassed me about, even to the soul” (Jonah 2:5)
  • Psalmist “the waters are come in unto my soul” (Psalm 69:1)
Lamentations 3:66 – Jeremiah gave up his right to vengeance to God.  Like David, Jeremiah knew he was a sinful man, but God has mercy and will forgive us – and even though we grievously offend our God – He still answers prayers such as David’s prayer that God would turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness (2 Samuel 15:31). Hebrews 1:1 – From E. Schuyler English:
The theme of the Epistle to the Hebrews, the only book of the New Testament in which our Lord is presented in His high priestly office, is the supreme glory of Christ, the Son of God and Son of man. https://www.ttb.org/resources/study-guides/hebrews-study-guide
Hebrews 1:3 – Who is this Son? Agent of Creation (Hebrews 1:2), Brightness of His glory, Image of His person, upholding all things. Upholding is the same idea as “by him all things consist (Colossians 1:17). He holds the universe together! Oh, and he’s so much better than the angels (Hebrews 1:4). This is not the mere brother of Lucifer. This is not the mere spirit creature named Michael. This is not a mere good teacher. Enjoy reading about the greatness of our Savior – the only Son of God! Hebrews 1:14 – Angels are ministers of the heirs of salvation. Who are the heirs? We are! (Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7, 1 Peter 3:7). Yes angels are serving us! Psalm 102:2 – When life is easy we don’t need to call upon God. And if we do accidentally say grace over a meal, we don’t need a speedy answer. We don’t need to bother the Almighty with our insignificant needs. Yet He wants to hear from his children! He has made us heirs of salvation. Fanny Crosby developed this theme – reminding us of our Blessed Assurance!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_urZWy0N74
Blessed Assurance!
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October 29 – Habits of Holiness in Psalm 101

October 29
Lamentations 1:1-2:22
Philemon 1:1-25
Psalm 101:1-8
Proverbs 26:20

Lamentations 1:1 – From TTB:

Dr. Alexander Whyte, one of the great expositors of the Word of God of days gone by, has said: “There is nothing like the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the whole world. There has been plenty of sorrow in every age, and in every land, but such another preacher and author, with such a heart for sorrow, has never again been born. Dante comes next to Jeremiah, and we know that Jeremiah was the great exile’s favorite prophet.”

Lamentations 1:12 – From Spurgeon:

I, too, share the sympathetic avarice of Jeremiah’s pity. Do you ask what grief I have and for whose woes I am a mourner? I point you to the cross and to the Man of Sorrows there.

Lamentations 2:7 – The LORD who so detailed the instructions for the altar in Exodus 30 now has cast it off. “He hath fulfilled his word” (Lamentations 2:17).

Philemon 8-9 – Paul begs for love’s sake rather than declaring by his authority as an apostle.

Philemon 12 – Paul continues to put relationships above rights. Requesting not ordering (Philemon 8-9). Relinquishing his friend (Philemon 13). Demonstrating by presumably begging Onesimus to give up his freedom to build a relationship with a brother. This is what Paul had taught previously in 1 Timothy 6:2, specifically about believing masters.

Philemon 21 – According to tradition, Onesimus later became bishop of Ephesus, and was martyred by stoning.

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Psalm 101:3 – God wants purity in behavior (Psalm 101:2), in heart (Psalm 101:2), in sight (Psalm 101:3), in friends (Psalm 101:4), in speech (Psalm 101:5), in attitude (Psalm 101:5).

Proverbs 26:20 – Let’s cut the fire out!

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October 28 – Meet Baruch’s brother!

October 28
Jeremiah 51:54-52:34
Titus 3:1-15
Psalm 100:1-5
Proverbs 26:18-19

Jeremiah 51:58 – From Ancient History Encyclopedia: “Nebuchadnezzar II (634-562 BCE) built three walls around Babylon at heights of forty feet and so broad at the top that chariots could race around them. The Ishtar Gate in the wall of Nebuchadnezzar II’s Babylon was claimed by some to be greater than any of the listed Wonders of the Ancient World.”

Jeremiah 51:59 – Seraiah is the son of Neriah, son of Maaseiah. Who else is a son of Neriah, son of Maaseiah? Baruch! Yes Baruch’s brother is the “quiet prince” (KJV). Commentaries suggest alternatives but the best guess is he was an “advance man” for the king. Jeremiah was not without connections – and this helps understand Baruch’s concern (Jeremiah 45:5). Baruch was  a man of influence and he had been identified with the apparently treasonous Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 52:30 – So 4,600 people were taken away in three different captivities. The number is not excessively large, but this was the ruling class, the political elite, the “1 percenters” of Judaea.

Jeremiah 52:34 – This chapter provides a recap of the historical events, and this particular recap is also documented also in II Kings 25:27-30, and recorded in the “Jehoiachin Ration Tablet.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehoiachin%27s_Rations_Tablets#/media/File:Jehoiachin_Ration_Tablet.JPG

Titus 3:1-2 – Paul continues with exhortation on relationships, now to our relationship with authority.

Titus 3:4 – Paul identifies Jesus, our Savior, as God.

Titus 3:7 – Paul never got over what the kindness, love, mercy, and grace of Jesus did to him. The chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), less than the least of all saints (Ephesians 3:8), is made an heir of God!

Titus 3:14 – Paul wanted Titus to be fruitful. How can we be fruitful? Thru good works. Careful to maintain good works (Titus 3:8).

Psalm 100:1Sing with Patch the Pirate this Psalm!

Proverbs 26:19 – The one who attacks others and claims “just joking” is not to be trusted.

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October 27 – Proverbs reminds you to Mind Your Own Business

October 27 Jeremiah 51:1-53 Titus 2:1-15 Psalm 99:1-9 Proverbs 26:17 Jeremiah 51:5 – Why is God judging Babylon? Because God isn’t done with Israel! Jeremiah 51:8 – The declaration that Babylon is fallen is repeated in Revelation 18:2 Jeremiah 51:15 – Note the greatness of God’s power, wisdom, and understanding! Jeremiah 51:28 – God is using the Medes to defeat the Babylonians, as he used the Babylonians to defeat the Judeans. Interestingly Jeremiah is prophesying who will destroy Babylon roughly seventy years before it happens! Jeremiah 51:45 – God told His people to surrender to Babylon (Jeremiah 27:11), now He is telling his people to flee Babylon. This is not an example of God changing His mind, but of having different purposes at different times for His people! God is not done with Jerusalem (Jeremiah 51:50) Titus 2:1 – Notice Paul’s theme of the importance of doctrine? Titus 2:2 – Paul has behavioral expectations for elders (Titus 1:5-6) and bishops (Titus 1:7-9), now he covers seniors (Titus 2:2-3), younger people (Titus 2:4-8), and servants (Titus 2:9). Titus 2:10 – Does your behavior adorn the doctrine of God? Titus 2:12 – How can we live up to the behavioral expectations? We have the power from the grace of God that lets us deny ungodliness and lets us live soberly. Titus 2:13 – Are you looking for the Blessed Hope and the Second Coming of Jesus? In the mean time are you walking in freedom from iniquity, and zealous of good works? (Titus 2:14). Remember “peculiar” doesn’t mean weird! Titus 2:15 – Speak, exhort, and rebuke are not synonyms. Speak – proclamation of the boundary line. Exhort is encouraging people to defend the boundary line. Rebuke is confronting people who have not defended the boundary line. Psalm 99:5 – He is Holy. Holiness implies separation. Separated from us because of our iniquities. Yet He is a God that forgives (Psalm 99:8). Proverbs 26:17 – Mind your own business!
https://sweetrains.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/wisdom-wednesday-mind-your-own-business/
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October 26 – See Three Things God Cannot Do!

October 26
Jeremiah 49:23-50:46
Titus 1:1-16
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 26:13-16

Jeremiah 49:23Hamath is an interesting city that nobody has heard of. It’s mentioned 39 times in the Old Testament and is the 4th largest city in modern Syria. It was a city state that sent gifts to David (2 Samuel 8:9). Sennacherib had conquered them as he went towards Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:34). By Jeremiah’s time it was considered part of the Syrian lands.

Jeremiah 49:28 – Nebuchadnezzar was used by God. But Solomon knew that already (Proverbs 21:1). All we have is under the Providence of God. I was just at Plimouth Plantation and a guide pointed out that the Pilgrims saw the Providence of God in every action of life. God has a plan for His people.

Jeremiah 50:2 – Psalm 75:7 exemplifies this and the previous chapter. God exalts and brings down nations.

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The Ishtar Gate of Babylon By Rictor Norton – https://www.flickr.com/photos/24065742@N00/151247206/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1409322

Jeremiah 50:19 – God is not done with Israel! He will return Israel to the land!

Jeremiah 50:34 – This is my Redeemer too!

Titus 1:2 – This isn’t modern “hope I win the lottery” but sure confidence because God cannot lie!

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Many outreach ministries like this from 180Outreach invite people to see the 3 things God Cannot Do!

Titus 1:12 – Paul is quoting a pagan prophet. Paul was a Pharisee, skilled in the Jewish law, but also in pagan customs. He read greatly (2 Timothy 4:13).

Titus 1:13 – Rebuke them sharply! Paul is encouraging Titus in spite of the challenges in Crete.

  • “things that are wanting” (Titus 1:5),
  • “selfwilled…angry…given to wine… striker…given to filthy lucre” (Titus 1:7)
  • “gainsayers” (Titus 1:9)
  • “unruly and vain talkers and deceivers” (Titus 1:10)
  • “teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” (Titus 1:11)
  • “alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies” (Titus 1:12)
  • “Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Titus 1:14)
  • “their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15)
  • “abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).

Psalm 97:9 – This is a key verse in understanding the nature of God in regards to his transcendence – “existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level.”

Psalm 98:3 – In Joshua 2:10-11, the Jerichoites heard about how God parted the Red Sea. We have a responsibility today to take His message to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20).

Proverbs 26:14 – Not just fools, but sloths. Those who prefer their bed will not be used to their fulness by the LORD.

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October 25 – The Last Words of Paul

October 25 Jeremiah 48:1-49:22 2 Timothy 4:1-22 Psalm 95:1-96:13 Proverbs 26:9-12 Jeremiah 48:1 – This chapter may seem to be irrelevant to 21st century Americans. But what if we swapped out Moab for America, and the names of the cities for cities we knew. What if we read “Against America thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Woe unto New York! for it is spoiled: Chicago is confounded and taken: Dallas is confounded and dismayed.” We’d sit up and take notice! That’s what it felt like for the people this was written to. Because they trusted in their works and treasures. Good thing we don’t trust in our accomplishments and our money! Oh wait…. Jeremiah 49:1 – From EnduringWord:
Through Jeremiah, God spoke of the fact that the Ammonites occupied land that was apportioned for the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh. In the name of their god Milcom they lived in that land, acting as if Israel’s inheritance was invalid. i. In God’s estimation that land belonged to Israel, not Ammon. “Although the northern tribes had been carried away by Tiglath-Pileser III, their land still belonged to them and was to be inherited by their sons.” (Feinberg) ii. “The Ammonites, it appears, took advantage of the depressed state of Israel, and invaded their territories in the tribe of Gad, hoping to make them their own for ever. But the prophet intimates that God will preserve the descendants of Israel, and will bring them back to their forfeited inheritances.” (Clarke)
2 Timothy 4:1-2 – These are the last words of Paul. His urgent charge to his favorite son, Timothy. His message was simple, “Preach the Word!” From Lancaster Baptist Church, a song based on this text: 2 Timothy 4:7 – This verse is carved on the tombstone of Billy Sunday:
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2 Timothy 4:9 – Here we read some of the most touching words in the Bible. Paul who sent Christians to their death, is being sent to his death for being a Christian. He’s lonely and begging Timothy to come to him. Demas, his friend and co-laborer (Colossians 4:14, Philemon 1:24) has abandoned him and left the faith (2 Timothy 4:10). Titus is in the faith, but on assignment. 2 Timothy 4:11 – Mark, who disappointed Paul by abandoning him (Acts 15:38), who caused the split between Paul and his mentor Barnabas (Acts 15:39), is now reunited with Paul in spirit. 2 Timothy 4:13 – Paul is in physical distress, or he wouldn’t ask for a coat (2 Timothy 4:21). But more importantly he wants his books and parchments. He was nigh unto death but was still reading and learning. 2 Timothy 4:16-17 – Paul has given up all grudges, and had his faith and hope fully in the LORD. Psalm 95:1 – Enjoy this song based on this Psalm from Northland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8smzmybf3MY
Psalm 96:5 – Why is the LORD of the Bible greater than the god of any other religion. Because He is the Creator of all. That’s why the battle for Genesis is so important! Proverbs 26:11 – Solomon is disgusted by the fool – pray that your children don’t grow up to be fools. Share how reading thru the Bible has been a blessing to you! E-mail us at 2018bible@vcyamerica.org or call and leave a message at 414-885-5370.
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October 24 – The political campaign of Jeremiah/Baruch in 602 BC!

October 24
Jeremiah 44:24-47:7
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 26:6-8

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Statue of a goddess from University of Haifa

Jeremiah 44:27 – As we read in Isaiah 42:8, the LORD (not just a generic god (Hebrew: EL), but Yahweh (I AM THAT I AM, Hebrew: YHWH, KJV: LORD), who revealed himself personally) – The LORD will not share His glory with another. There is no other Savior (Isaiah 43:11). There are no other gods allowed (Exodus 20:3), no other worship allowed (Exodus 34:14). If His people will forsake Him for the “queen of heaven,” He will punish them with the sword and famine.

Jeremiah 45:3 – This chapter was written before the final conquest. Baruch had been a faithful assistant to the unpopular prophet. Note that Baruch is given the same blessing as Ebedmelech – protection of his life. No, Baruch would not be able to time the Judaean stock market and profit off of his connection with the prophet. Baruch’s noble family and friends would lose their position and power, they would be carried away in chains to Babylon. No, the political message of Jeremiah/Baruch 602BC was not Make Israel Great Again – but Too Late. May we repent in our nation and seek God before it is too late!

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Does this seal of “Baruch” contain the actual thumbprint of Jeremiah’s friend? Or is it a fake?

Jeremiah 46:27 – In spite of all this judgment, God is still not done with Israel!

Jeremiah 47:2 – We are in the “judgment” section of Jeremiah. Instead of skimming through these passages because “God isn’t talking to me” or “this doesn’t seem relevant” let’s look at how God speaks.

As we discussed in the Psalms, the language is more poetical (notice the “thought rhyme” or parallelism – the author uses two different ways of saying the same thing to create a 3D view of the issue.

  • “waters rise up” / “overflowing flood”
  • “the land and all that is therein” / “the city and them that dwell therein”
  • “men shall cry” / “inhabitants shall howl”

Sometimes God gives just an 8 word message of judgment (Jonah 3:4), and other times, he uses 196 words to describe his judgment on the Philistines.

2 Timothy 2:25 – Meekness – one of the most underutilized characteristics of a godly Pastor. How many pastors have seen their counseling unsuccessful because they came not in a spirit of meekness but appeared self-righteous? How many churches have been split in two because of a pastor that could no longer be described as meek? How many pastors have ended up in jail after they departed far from meekness? Pray for your pastor that he can continue in meekness. Pray that you can minister in meekness and not hinder the gospel.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – Are we in the last days? Looks like a pretty good description of today’s society.

2 Timothy 3:10 – Paul keeps emphasizing doctrine, sound words (2 Timothy 1:13), “the things” (2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Timothy 3:14), “profitable for doctrine” (2 Timothy 3:16); in contrast to “foolish and unlearned questions” (2 Timothy 2:23), “words to no profit” (2 Timothy 2:14), “profane and vain babblings” (2 Timtohy 2:16)

2 Timothy 3:12 – When’s the last time you suffered persecution?

2 Timothy 3:17 – The Anglican spelling of this verse is “throughly furnished” – emphasizing the idea that you are built inside and outside by God.

Psalm 94:22My God is a Rock! From Ron & Shelly Hamilton.

Proverbs 26:6 – More contrasts of the failings of a fool.

On September 13th, 1862, “Union soldiers find a copy of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s orders detailing the Confederates’ plan for the Antietam campaign near Frederick, Maryland. But Union General George B. McClellan was slow to act, and the advantage the intelligence provided was lost.” McClellan was fired less than two months later, and replaced with Ambrose Burnside.

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