He hasn’t punished me, has he?’. They’ve paid no attention to me, ignored my discipline.And you’ve gotten rid of your God-messengers,    treating them like dirt and sweeping them away. (2) The gate of the Lord's house.--As a priest, Jeremiah would have access to all parts of the Temple. God doesn’t mind. The prophet's redemptive, reconstructive work comprises the book's portrait of the future--a future that we see fulfilled in the New Testament through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah. Well, look at the tracks you’ve left behind in the valley. You cut and hurt a lot of people to get where you are. 2 God's Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. 1-2 “And when the time comes”—God’s Decree!—“I’ll see to it that they dig up the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of the princes and priests and prophets, and … 2 1-3 God’s Message came to me. Isn’t it because you walked out on your God. You’ll pay dearly for your disloyal ways. 1-2 God showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the Temple of God. Throw up your hands in disbelief—this can’t be!”. 29-30 “What do you have against me,    running off to assert your ‘independence’?”        God’s Decree.“I’ve wasted my time trying to train your children. Go to the potter’s house. I remember your youthful loyalty, our love as newlyweds. Look closely. a tangle of rancid growth, a poor excuse for a vine. In other words, what is the book of Jeremiah really about? Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and … 25 “Slow down. 6-10 God spoke to me during the reign of King Josiah: “You have noticed, haven’t you, how fickle Israel has visited every hill and grove of trees as a whore at large? The prophets preached god BaalAnd chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes. God -of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, has this to say to you: Just what are you after anyway?But you say, ‘I can’t help it. "Israel [was] holiness unto the LORD, [and] the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall … Sail to the western islands and look.Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look. “charging you and your children and your grandchildren. Why wear yourself out? Isn’t it because you walked out on your God    just as he was beginning to lead you in the right way? 3 It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. I remember your youthful loyalty, our love as newlyweds. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? How do you account for what is written in the desert dust—Tracks of a camel in heat, running this way and that,    tracks of a wild donkey in rut,Sniffing the wind for the slightest scent of sex. 26-28 “Just as a thief is chagrined, but only when caught,    so the people of Israel are chagrined,Caught along with their kings and princes,    their priests and prophets.They walk up to a tree and say, ‘My father!’    They pick up a stone and say, ‘My mother! They’ve paid no attention to me, ignored my discipline. cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves. “My people have committed a compound sin: Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—. Jeremiah 1 Jeremiah 3 Jeremiah 2:1-13 The Message (MSG) Israel Was God’s Holy Choice 2 1-3 God’s Message came to me. I’m addicted to alien gods. Let them save you from your bad times.You’ve got more gods, Judah,    than you know what to do with. 31-32 “What a generation you turned out to be! He hasn’t punished me, has he?’. 2-3 “Say, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship God. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? It went like this: “Get out in the streets and call to Jerusalem,    ‘God’s Message!I remember your youthful loyalty,    our love as newlyweds.You stayed with me through the wilderness years,    stuck with me through all the hard places.Israel was God’s holy choice,    the pick of the crop.Anyone who laid a hand on her    would soon wish he hadn’t!’”        God’s Decree. I’ve never chased after the Baal sex gods’! Look closely. Sniffing the wind for the slightest scent of sex. Just what are you after anyway? Was it worth it to have walked out on your God?”. ’s Message: “What did your ancestors find fault with in me, It never occurred to them to say, ‘Where’s, Who took care of us through thick and thin, those rough-and-tumble. to try out another sin-project when the first one fails? 7-8 “I brought you to a garden land    where you could eat lush fruit.But you barged in and polluted my land,    trashed and defiled my dear land.The priests never thought to ask, ‘Where’s God?’    The religion experts knew nothing of me.The rulers defied me. - In the cars of Jerusalem.Presumably Jeremiah had received his call at Anathoth (comp. 12-13 “Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see! Yes, you—House of Israel!God’s Message: “What did your ancestors find fault with in me    that they drifted so far from me,Took up with Sir Windbag    and turned into windbags themselves? It went like this: “Get out in the streets and call to Jerusalem. running off to assert your ‘independence’?”. Caught along with their kings and princes, They walk up to a tree and say, ‘My father!’, They pick up a stone and say, ‘My mother! And now you’re sending out graduates, resplendent in cap and gown—. Has this ever happened before. “My people have committed a compound sin: Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—. I’ve never chased after the Baal sex gods’!Well, look at the tracks you’ve left behind in the valley. Israel Forsakes God - The word of the LORD came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: “This is what the LORD says: “‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown. Save us!’Why not go to your handcrafted gods you’re so fond of? “charging you and your children and your grandchildren. treating them like dirt and sweeping them away. You bore me!’. What is the Message of the Book of Jeremiah? I assumed that after she had gotten it out of her system, she’d come back, but she didn’t. I can’t quit.’. Israel was GOD’s holy choice, the pick of the crop. Rouse them. It never occurred to them to say, ‘Where’s God,    the God who got us out of Egypt,Who took care of us through thick and thin, those rough-and-tumble    wilderness years of parched deserts and death valleys,A land that no one who enters comes out of,    a cruel, inhospitable land?’. How do you account for what is written in the desert dust—. Tracks of a camel in heat, running this way and that. ; rather, 1 remember for thy good the kindness of thy youth.It is an open question whether the "kindness" spoken of is that of … treating them like dirt and sweeping them away. The Global Message of Jeremiah Jeremiah in Redemptive History . “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, So is the house of Israel … There’s nothing left of her but a few old bones, Egyptians from the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes. fought over by snarling and roaring lions? 18 1-2 God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! And why do you think all this has happened? And chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes. Day after day after day they never give me a thought. 1-2 The Message from God to Jeremiah: “Stand in the gate of God ’s Temple and preach this Message. I’m addicted to alien gods. I’ve never chased after the Baal sex gods’! You bore me!’. Don’t look now, but judgment’s on the way, aimed at you who say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’. 18-19 “And now, what do you think you’ll get by going off to Egypt? You cut and hurt a lot of people to get where you are.And yet you have the gall to say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong. 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