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Monday, August 24 2015

Jeremiah 1: A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers

"The fact that so many in his time chose to be losers had no effect on Jeremiah's choice to be a winner"

Jeremiah was a Levite (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and The Levites Of Christ) whose father served in the territory of Benjamin (see The Land Of Benjamin), in the Kingdom of Judah, after the time of the division of the united kingdom of Israel into two separate kingdoms - "Israel" (the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph/Manasseh and Joseph/Ephraim; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) and "Judah" (Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

Good Fruit Jeremiah was made a prophet of the LORD, by the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour), before he was born ("Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations"). The practical reason is that Jeremiah's ministry would span forty years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah to the fall of Judah under Zedekiah in 586 BC (see Kings of Israel and Judah) - as well as afterward (see What Did Jeremiah's Letter To Babylon Say?).

The first chapter of the Book of Jeremiah documents the LORD's commission and mandate of Jeremiah's life and ministry. While the unrepentant people that the LORD sent Jeremiah to warn failed to heed the Word of God, Jeremiah was a steadfast and faithful servant of the LORD through his entire life. The fact that so many in his time chose to be losers (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Decadence In History And Prophecy) had no effect on Jeremiah's choice to be a winner (see Which Way Is Right And Left? and Strait And Straight).

"1:1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 1:3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

1:7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

1:9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou?

And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.

1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

1:13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou?

And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

1:14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 1:15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.

1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 1:18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. 1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee." (Jeremiah 1:1-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happened to the Levites of the Kingdom of Israel ("the lost ten tribes")?
See No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?


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This Day In History, August 24

49 BC: Forces under Gaius Scribonius Curio (a general of Julius Caesar; see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) was defeated at the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio committed suicide to avoid capture.

79: The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae were destroyed and thousands of people killed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

410: Alaric, leading his Visigoth army (the Visigoths and Ostrogoths were branches of the Germanic people known collectively as the Goths), entered and sacked Rome. The city had not been captured by a foreign enemy for nearly 800 years.

455: The Vandals (an East Germanic tribe), led by King Genseric, began to plunder Rome. The era marked the end of the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) and the beginning of the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Europe

1185: The Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.

1200: King John of England, signee of the first Magna Carta, married Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.

1215: Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta invalid.

1294: German King Adolf of Nassau formed an alliance with King Edward I of England against France.

1298: Albert (Albrecht) was crowned German king at Aachen.

1349: Six thousand Jews were murdered in Mainz, Germany after being blamed for the bubonic plague. Ironically, most of those Jews were actually healthier than their self-righteous persecutors because they observed the LORD's Biblical hygiene and dietary laws that protected them from infections and plagues (see Bacteria, Sexual Abominations and What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?).

1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1516: Sultan Selim I defeated the Mameluke army near Aleppo, thus securing Syria for the Ottoman (Turkish) empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1561: Willem of Orange married duchess Anna of Saxony.

1662: The Act of Uniformity introduced a book of Common Prayer in Britain.

1680: Colonel Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer who stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671, died. Captured after the theft, he insisted on seeing the king, Charles II, who pardoned him.

1814: During the War of 1812 (1812-1815), British Marines burned the original White House in Washington D.C. in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building in York (now known as Toronto) earlier in the year.

1909: Work began for the Panama Canal.

1912: Alaska became a U.S. territory after being purchased from Russia.

1922: Arab states meeting at Nablus rejected the British mandate for Palestine given by the League of Nations.

1949: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established.

1950: Operation Magic Carpet - 45,000 Yemenite Jews transported to Israel.

1968: France became the fifth nuclear power when it exploded a hydrogen bomb near Fugataufa Atoll, midway between Australia and South America.

1989: Poland became the first country in the Soviet Bloc to appoint a non-Communist Prime Minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, since the late 1940s.

1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

2006: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the term "planet." The changed resulted in Pluto now classified as a "dwarf planet."


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