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    The 'Weeping'The 'Weeping'


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    A unique time in Israel's historyA unique time in Israel's historyJeremiah ministered as a prophet through acritically important period of Israel's history

    the collapse of the period of the kings and theexile of the Judeans to Babylon.

    A unique prophetic message

    Jeremiah was instructed to preachunconditional surrender to the enemy and thatresistance was not God's will and would bepunished!

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    A unique response from the peopleA unique response from the peopleJeremiah's message was almost uniformlyrejected and he was persecuted, imprisoned

    and ridiculed by family, fellow prophets, the kingand military leaders, and by the people at large.

    A unique insight into the heart of a prophet

    Jeremiah struggles with his call, the message,the response and his relationship with God.These are recorded especially in 6 laments yet he remains courageous and faithful.

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    A unique message of hope beyond disasterA unique message of hope beyond disasterJeremiah speaks consistently of God bringingsomething new out of this impending disaster

    after the time is fulfilled. There will be a renewed people.

    The will be a renewed covenant between Godand his people.

    There will be a 'Righteous Branch' of David'sline coming to rule in justice and righteousness

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    Historical Background




    Josiah 609 BC



    Exile to Babylon

    Judah Israel


    Exile to Assyria 720 BC

    586 BC




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    The Book of Jeremiah

    Largest of the Books of the Prophets

    Usually the prophet himself remains a littlehidden behind the message Jeremiah's life

    however is intricately involved with his message Much comes from the second scroll entrusted

    to Baruch his scribe

    Editorial comments added later The Jeremiah Collection: Prophecies are not in

    chronological or subject order

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    This is the word that came to Jeremiah from theLORD: Go down to the potters house, and thereI will give you my message. So I went down to

    the potters house, and I saw him working at thewheel. But the pot he was shaping from the claywas marred in his hands; so the potter formed itinto another pot, shaping it as seemed best to


    Jeremiah 18:1-10

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    Then the word of the LORD came to me. He said,

    Can I not do with you, house of Israel, as thispotter does? declares the LORD. Like clay in thehand of the potter, so are you in my hand, houseof Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or

    kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down anddestroyed, and if that nation I warned repents ofits evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it thedisaster I had planned. And if at another time I

    announce that a nation or kingdom is to be builtup and planted, and if it does evil in my sight anddoes not obey me, then I will reconsider the goodI had intended to do for it.

    Jeremiah 18:1-10

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    Lessons from the Potter

    God is at work in the big changes in our worldas well as the small changes in our lives.Nothing is outside his ultimate authority.

    We cannot fully understand and appreciate thepurpose of God behind all events but must trusthis goodness and justice.

    This does not mean that "everything Godintends is set in stone" God is actually opento our response (personally and collectively).

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    Lessons from the Potter

    God reveals his by his word and his Spirit, theway he wants us to live and sometimes specificareas in which he calls for obedience. He

    sometimes reveals his intention to bless ordiscipline.

    He watches and waits for our response andengages with us on the basis of this. Our

    response is not the defining factor but part ofwhat determines the future.

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    Are we reading the times, watching, looking forthe activity of God in our world?

    Are we listening for the instruction of God,personally, corporately, nationally?

    Can we discern the voice of truth from themany voices of opinion?

    Do we bring our confusion, disappointment, the

    apparent inconsistencies and our strugglesback to God?

    Do we still have courage to obey and then tolisten for the next step?