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Coming Destruction March 1, 2017

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Jeremiah 10:17-22.

Summary: In this passage, Jeremiah employs several metaphors to illustrate the depths of Judah’s despair after God punishes her:

  • a fallen tent
  • childlessness
  • scattered sheep
  • jackals roaming through rubble.

Thoughts: The metaphors that Jeremiah employed here would have been readily grasped by his original audience. This reinforces the importance of understanding context when reading through Scripture: metaphors that we gloss over would have resonated deeply with the people of Israel. Clearly God endowed His prophets with wisdom and insight when they crafted His message for His people; instead of writing haphazardly, they ensured that each word was “carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness” (a phrase that appears on the back cover of each Crossway Classic Commentary). Of course, Jeremiah’s original audience rejected his precisely worded message. The challenge for us, as modern-day believers, is to comprehend these metaphors and respond appropriately.

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