On September 28, 2015 in anticipation of some seriously bad weather to arrive overnight, we hastily solicited the impromptu help of our young neighbors, just before dark, to erect our tubular-metal “Booth” with its cloth cover drawn back from the East corner. Sometime around 10:30 I got this shot.
This blog is all about what the book of Jeremiah started to do to me in 2003. So many things are still springing from that discovery that the only way I can think to get any reader started with my writing is where I began, with “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.”
Zechariah 1:6b is the key to Jeremiah 25:31. The judgment against the nations – all of them, according to Jeremiah 25:26 – is that they deliberately will ignore the chosen people of God, and therefore willfully despise His righteousness in judging them fairly.
Where the speech of God from heaven is brought to the ears of human beings, it is completely honest and equitable for Him to say,
“You who have ears, listen!”
The book of Zachariah starts out with a brief chronological and biographical verse, then …”saying:”
1:2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.
1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.
1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.
1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?” …
(Now comes the telling second part of verse 6! This, as is very well known to all who read the Bible with care, is the part of the confession of God’s righteousness that comes with all true-to-heart repentance, such as in Jacob’s recital of astonishment at Bethel, in so many of David’s Psalms, at Solomon’s dedicatory of the temple, in Daniel’s and Nehemiah’s prayers of supplication for Judah and Jerusalem – of this kind of repentance Paul wrote to Corinth that “godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of”)
יָּשׁוּבוּ וַיֹּאמְרוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר זָמַם יְהוָה צְבָאֹות לַעֲשֹׂות לָנוּ כִּדְרָכֵינוּ וּכְמַעֲלָלֵינוּ כֵּן עָשָׂה אִתָּֽנוּ
they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us…”