Dirty Linen

August 1 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 13-15 and Psalms 31

In the Old Testament, Prophets were often told to do things as object lessons in support of the prophetic word God had asked them to speak.These picture illustrations probably meant more to the general population than did all the long prophetic sermons these men would deliver. The “linen belt” in Chapter 13 is one such illustration. – “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.’ So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me. Many days later the LORD said to me, ‘Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.’ So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.” (Jeremiah 13:4-7)Continue Reading

Fear Not

July 31 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 10-12 and Psalms 31
Chapter 10 of Jeremiah paints a great picture of what God thinks (and what we should think) about the “gods” of this world– “For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with [...]

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God is Watching

July 30 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 7-9 and Psalms 30
Chapter 7 is chilling in its assessment of religious people who do not live out their confession of faith.They go to the temple; they offer sin offerings and fellowship offerings and they say in their hearts that because they have done these things they will [...]

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Emotion

July 29 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 4-6 and Psalms 29
The anguish, horror, and anger of God are brought out so well in these Chapters:

“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you [...]

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Before You Were Conceived

July 28 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 1-3 and Psalms 28
This is quite an introduction to this prophetic penman, and the book named after him. Jeremiah was obviously a very young man when God called him and commissioned him – “Ah, Sovereign LORD’, I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only [...]

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