Friday: Inside Story – A Most Satisfying Career (Part 1)

Their Stealing From Church

Harry and Alex* worked as security guards in Malawi. They often talked to break up the boredom. One night Alex said, I have an idea how we could earn some extra money. What’s that? Harry asked, interested. We could use our rifles in a little side business, Alex said, lifting his gun. Rich people have … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah

Men Accusing Each Other

Martin Luther wrote about the prophet in the introduction of his commentary to the book of Jeremiah: Jeremiah was a sad prophet, who lived in a deplorable and difficult period and, what is more, his prophetic service was extremely difficult as he was struggling and fighting with a bad-tempered and stubborn people. Apparently he did … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Almond Branch

Arrows to the Bible

The prophet is God’s witness; his job is to speak not for himself but for God alone. Jeremiah wasn’t called to find solutions to the problems of the nation, or to become a great personality or charismatic leader whom the people would follow. Jeremiah had the singular mission to transmit the words of God to … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Reluctant Prophets

Many Mouths Giving Advice

Despite the Lord’s assurance that Jeremiah had been divinely chosen for this task, the young man was frightened and didn’t feel up to it. Perhaps knowing the spiritual state of people at the time, which wasn’t good, and knowing what needed to be done, Jeremiah didn’t want the job. Compare Jeremiah 1:6 with Isaiah 6:5 … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah

Baby in the Womb

Read Jeremiah 1:1-5. What does this tell us about Jeremiah’s calling? Just like other prophets in the Old Testament (and like Paul in the new; see Gal. 1:1, Rom. 1:1), Jeremiah didn’t waffle in regard to who called him. He was very clear in these verses and, in fact, all through the book of Jeremiah, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Jeremiah’s Family Background

Young Boy With Scroll

Read 1 Kings 1:1-53 and 1 Kings 2:26. What was the background that led to the exile of Abiathar to his home in Anathoth? After he strengthened his throne, Solomon, in a conflict with Adonijah over succession, removed Abiathar the priest from his office and sent him into exile back to his hometown, Anathoth, believed … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Prophets

Three Angels Message

The prophets, according to their calling, were determined protectors of God’s law. They stood on the ground of the covenant and the Ten Commandments (Jer. 11:2-6). Micah 3:8 gives one summary of the prophets’ work, which was to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. And the concept of sin, of course, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Prophetic Calling of Jeremiah

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: Isa. 1:19, Jer. 7:5-7, 1 Kings 2:26, Jer. 1:1-5, Isa. 6:5, Jer. 1:6-19, Matt. 28:20. Memory Text: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV). We know more about the … [Click to read more …]