Thursday, June 26, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 71 Saturday

Jeremiah chapter 20

Jeremiah's persecution began. And it was a major religious leader of the time that beat him and put him in the stocks!

The experience plunged Jeremiah into despair! He cursed the day of his birth much like Job did many years before him.

Does God issue any commands?

  • Jeremiah is told what to say to Pashur.

Does God make any promises?

  • Through Jeremiah God pronounced a curse upon Pashur, the son of Immer the priest, who beat and imprisoned Jeremiah. Pashur would witness the deaths of his friends at the hands of the Babylonians. Pashur and his family would go into captivity. Pashur would die in Babylon.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jeremiah experienced the same situation that made Jesus say that a prophet is not without honor except in his own country. Those most familiar with Jeremiah were the same ones that accused and abused him. The same could be said of Jesus.
  • Jeremiah was hated for his message but he claimed the LORD was with him. Jesus was hated for His message, too, but He also claimed that the LORD was with Him.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

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