Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 69 Wednesday

Jeremiah chapter 3

God used Israel and marital infidelity as examples to teach Judah of her sin. This chapter closes with Jeremiah's admission of guilt.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded Jeremiah to go preach to the people living in the north.
  • The people in the north were to be commanded to repent and return to their God. Those that would do so would be brought safely to Zion.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised mercy to those who will repent and return to Him. 
  • God promised that His capital will be in Jerusalem.
  • God promised that He would be known as "My Father."

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The doctrine of turning from sin in repentance and toward God is taught in this passage. It was through the visuals of the sacrifices that the people had been taught about the atoning blood of Jesus. And it was this doctrine from which they turned away.
  • Jesus is the LORD whose throne will be in Jerusalem.
  • Jesus is the first to publicly acknowledge God as His Father. He led those who believe on Him to do so also!

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • This passage teaches that those who repent and return to God their creator will be housed safely in Zion. This is also the teaching of Revelation.
  • When the righteous people of God are safely in Zion God will give pastors (shepherds) to feed them with knowledge and understanding. 
  • In those days no one will regard the Ark of the Covenant because its usage will be complete. It taught of the redemption and mercy of God. Those present will already have experienced the redemption and mercy of God. 
  • In those days Jerusalem will be called the throne of the LORD. People of all nations shall gather there. Also, Israel and Judah would no longer be divided.

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