12Sing to the Lord!
Give praise to the Lord!
He rescues the life of the needy
from the hands of the wicked. (Jeremiah 20:12)
The Book of Jeremiah continues chronicling God’s word to the Prophet just before the Babylonian conquest of Israel. Today’s reading is two more chapters much like yesterday, where God is done with this current generation. I am trying to steer this ship back to positive encouragement, like the verse above, which sits in the middle of a chapter where Jeremiah is so frustrated with God and the people of Israel that he curses the day he was born. Keep in mind the context of Jeremiah’s writings. He is the sidewalk prophet of his time, holding the signs up at the Temple which say “Repent and Return to God,” while the priests and people just walk by ignoring his warnings. However, Jeremiah lives through God’s words becoming reality as the Babylonian Empire destroys the Temple in Jerusalem and puts the Israel people in captivity.
God is still talking to His people, a lineage opened up to all who believe in Jesus and are baptized in the waters of repentance and rebirth. Today’s prophets could easily be saying a message much like what Jeremiah prophesied nearly 2,500 years ago, because people just can not do the right things, no matter how easy that is. Love God. Love people. Jesus made it as simple as possible, yet the world struggles to meet these two commandments.
But back to prophets of our time. I know from listening to him every week that Pastor Steven Furtick is taking his preaching cues directly from God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. His messages are always in line with the teachings of Christ, and even though I have not listened to the message below, yet, I am completely confident in his ability to deliver a message for our current moment of human history.
And then there is this young lady, Ms. Lauren Daigle, who continues to release beautiful, soulful songs about her love for God and Jesus. Her new single is a reminder that there is only one name we need to “tremble” to, not in fear, but in awe and appreciation for the love Jesus has for us, despite all our shortcomings and failures.
Reading plan: 2 Thessalonians 1
Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 19, 20