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Month: February 2016

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

In this post we’re going to study the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. You can find that parable in Luke 18:9-14. The Audience (Luke 18:9) Luke 18:9 tells us for whose sake the Lord Jesus Christ spoke this parable. So, that’s the audience. That’s whom Jesus is speaking to. He’s addressing the kind of person who: 1) […]

Jeremiah 4 Summary

Jeremiah 4 Summary

Jeremiah 4 Summary
Explaining the Book of Jeremiah

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God gives Israel (and the over-hearing residents of Judah) a model of repentance in Jeremiah 3:19-25. So now God follows that up by emphasizing that any repentance that hopes to result in God’s blessings must bear fruit in the lives of those who exercise it. Sincerity of Repentance Probed God first probes the sincerity of repentance (Jeremiah 4:1). […]

A Model of Repentance

Model Repetance

Jeremiah 3:14-18 declare God’s promised blessings for exiled Israel if they turn from their sin and back to him. Then the Lord follows that up in Jeremiah 4:19-25 where he gives a template or model of repentance. He wants it to be clear to Israel as far as what he’s looking for from them. God’s Initiating Desire to Bless […]

God Promises Israel Blessings for Repentance

God Promises Israel Blessings for Repentance

We’ve seen that God compared Israel’s sin to Judah’s in Jeremiah 3. Based on that comparison God was moved to offer forgiveness to Israel if they repented. And if Israel were to repent, God promises blessings for them in Jeremiah 3:14-18, which is what we’ll study in this post. Restoration to the Land The first […]

God Is Moved to Receive a Repentant Israel from Exile

God Is Moved to Receive a Repentant Israel from Exile

To summarize Jeremiah 3:6-10, Judah didn’t take the warning that was available to her from God’s punitive dealings with Israel. And because that was the case, in Jeremiah 3:11-14 God is moved to received a repentant Israel. Israel Is Less Guilty Than Judah Jeremiah 3:11 has God reaching the conclusion that Israel is less guilty than Judah. […]

Judah Didn’t Learn from Israel’s Punishment

Judah Didn't Learn from Israel's Punishment

In Jeremiah 3:6-10 we see that Judah did not learn from Israel’s sin and subsequent punishment. Israel had been exiled by the Babylonians for a while at the time that Jeremiah was ministering. And the reason that they were exiled was due to their sin. And although Judah should have seen and learned from Israel’s […]

An Introduction to Jeremiah 3:6 to 4:2

Jeremiah 36-42 Introduction

Jeremiah 3:6-4:2 is a sub-section of a broader section which spans from Jeremiah 3:6-6:30. As I mentioned elsewhere I think we can summarize this unit of text in the book of Jeremiah as Future Restoration, Current Punishment. That’s what we’re reading about in Jeremiah 3:6-6:30. Jeremiah 3:6 – 6:30 Is One Major Unit Jeremiah 6:30 is the end of […]

The Consequences of Israel’s Disobedience

The Consequences of Israel's Disobedience

We’ve seen in Jeremiah chapter 2 that in spite of some good times in the past between the Lord and Israel, Israel rejected and forsook the Lord and attempted to exchange the living and real God for idols. And that kind of disobedience and idolatry has consequences. So, in Jeremiah 2:14-19 God details the devastating price that Israel […]

Israel’s Unprecedented God-Swapping

Israel's Unprecedented God-Swapping

God starts off Jeremiah 2 remembering better times between him and Israel. He then contrasts those good times to what he was experiencing with them currently — their rejecting and forsaking him. Worst of all, God accuses Israel of what we could call god-swapping. This was unheard of in ancient times – that a nation would leave its […]

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