The books of Jeremiah and Lamentations can’t be separated from the political conditions of ancient Judah. Beginning with the righteous king Josiah, who ushered in a time of glorious but brief religious reform, Jeremiah reflects the close tie between spiritual and political prosperity and disaster, between the actions and heart of Judah and her kings and their fortunes as a nation.
While few of us today have any firsthand understanding of what it means to live in a theocracy, the central theme of Jeremiah and Lamentations remains clear and still holds true: God first, politics second. The words, prayers, and poems of “the weeping prophet” serve to realign us with God’s priorities, turning us from evil and encouraging us to pursue God and his ways. With emotion and spiritual depth, these prophetic writings beckon us toward a spiritual integrity that can still affect the course of individuals and nations today.
“What is ‘new’ about the new covenant is not the covenant partner but the quality of the community created by God’s amazing acts.” (Page 287)
“Being rejected by one’s contemporaries is deeply painful, and the human toll it takes is evident in the prophet’s candid language.” (Page 162)
“Book of Consolation. Jeremiah notes that the future of the people in exile rests on God’s ‘gracious promise’ (v. 10; lit., God’s ‘good word’). In verse 11 the gracious promise is described as plans God has for the people, plans for a ‘prosperity’ (šalom, peace) that provides a future and ‘hope’ (tiqwa). A tangible element to the future consists in the restoration of the people to their homeland. The restoration, however, is predicated on their seeking God with their whole heart.” (Page 262)
“This chapter also finds itself a part of the scriptural witness to God’s people who are addressed as pilgrims, as wandering people, even as aliens, whose true home is with the Lord. From the perspective of the New Testament, God’s people are both ‘at home’ as members of the body of the risen Christ (regardless of their geographical location) and ‘in transit’ as they live out their witness in this age (regardless of their geographical location).6 The exiles in Babylon have not been ejected from their place among God’s people; rather, they have been called to reconsider their place in God’s economy in light of new temporal circumstances. Here potentially is a bridge to any generation of God’s people.” (Pages 263–264)
“By analogy she/they are also like animals in heat who are unrestrained in seeking a mate.” (Page 60)
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