Jeremiah 46-52: Lots of destruction

After the last time Nebuchadnezzar came and rounded up some of the people to take into exike, those who were left behind decided to go to Egypt, against the expressed desire of God, and took Jeremiah with them. Chapter 44 had some pretty specific consequences that were to befall them. Chaper forty six There is another, more specific prophesy about what will happen to Egypt … Continue reading Jeremiah 46-52: Lots of destruction

Jeremiah 34-45: Taken into exile

I’m not going to pretend to  have a solid understanding of how the people were conquered and different waves were taken into exile between Israel and Judah and which king was succeeded to the throne or was placed or what. There’s a lot going on and some shifting around of narratives, as you’ll see in this set of chapters. I’ve included a little of what … Continue reading Jeremiah 34-45: Taken into exile

Jeremiah 30-33: Promises of Restoration after exile

Things aren’t exactly looking up for Judah or Israel yet, but they’re not getting worse anymore. The people have already been taken into captivity and this section begins the promises of restoration. Chapter thirty As mentioned above, this chapter sets off a series of promises for restoration when their punishment is over. Make no mistake, God asserts that a full punishment is going to happen, … Continue reading Jeremiah 30-33: Promises of Restoration after exile

Jeremiah 21-29: Leading up to exile

Again we find ourselves in need of older chapters or posts to figure out what’s going on. This set of chapters take place during 2 Kings 24, when Nebuchadnezzar has come and Zedekiah has become king in Jerusalem. This set of chapters are about Jeremiah and several conflicts with the people in general and some specific people too. Chapter twenty one The people ask Jeremiah … Continue reading Jeremiah 21-29: Leading up to exile

Jeremiah 11-20: Talking to God

Most of this segment is a kind of conversation between Jeremiah and God while anarchy seems to ensue around them. Jeremiah wants to understand why his world is so messed up and God seems to want him to see it. Chapter eleven This chapter mostly talks about men and fathers breaking covenant. Not sure if this is semantics in that only the men are in … Continue reading Jeremiah 11-20: Talking to God

Jeremiah 7-10: More warnings

The warnings to Judah continue to this set of chapters, but their tone has changed a touch. Before, they were threatening. If you don’t stop doing this, I will do this. Now they are declaring what’s to come. There are fewer mentions of a possible redemption and more reminders that all these things befell Israel already. Also, the last set had God trying to get … Continue reading Jeremiah 7-10: More warnings

Reflections on Isaiah

The book of Isaiah itself isn’t so much about the life and times of the prophet Isaiah as a collection of his prophecies. There are some other prophecies that biblical scholars aren’t so sure were actually delivered to Isaiah but are contained in the book, I think because they were in the same timeframe. All of the events and prophecies are given throughout the same … Continue reading Reflections on Isaiah

Isaiah 56-66: Coming back into God’s good graces

This set of chapters revolves around coming back to God and coming back to Jerusalem. Chapter fifty six begins the section by talking about how anyone who keeps the Sabbath can be one of God’s people. It’s important to note, though, that keeping the Sabbath is not the same as we refer to it today. This means living in the way of God with all … Continue reading Isaiah 56-66: Coming back into God’s good graces

Isaiah 40-55: Messages for those in exile

  We’ve been working our way through certain events from 2 Kings 18-20 that result in the people being in exile. These are all messages from God to the people in exile. Chapter forty is broken into three sections: comfort for the people, reassurance that God is forever, and a reminder of God’s greatness. Chapter forty one  has a passage where they are told to not fear anyone … Continue reading Isaiah 40-55: Messages for those in exile