Page 1 – Why this title?

The answer to “why this title” – i.e., The Jerescope – is hinted at, graphically, in red, white & black. More will become plain as we go along from here!

  Sukka with 'blood' moon 2015

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…”


One thought on “Page 1 – Why this title?

  1. Well I wish you well and encourage you onward. Don’t stop and as you’ll read following these remarks, so James Madison too, didn’t stop and what followed but a whole nation that now is the envy of the world. But for some though, not so much, we are the threat to their own. From the Federalist Papers, #14:::>

    “…They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness of them. If they erred most in the structure of the Union, this was the work most difficult to be executed; this is the work which has been new modelled by the act of your convention, and it is that act on which you are now to deliberate and to decide. ”

    Notice he is speaking in two directions. The past that passed him and to those who are “successors to improve and perpetuate.” Succeed and improve. That is the motive. If at first you do not succeed, well, what then shall you do?

    Isa 25:6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
    Isa 25:7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
    Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

    and then:::>

    Rom 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
    Rom 15:2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
    Rom 15:3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”
    Rom 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
    Rom 15:5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
    Rom 15:6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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