THE HEARTBREAK of Jeremiah at the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem is evident in this week’s reading:
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
Jeremiah 4:19 (ESV)
We discuss God’s condemnation of the faithlessness of the kingdom of Judah, which is startling coming as it did within living memory of the reforms of the good king Josiah.
GOD ALLOWED Assyria and Babylon to oppress His people because they had turned away from Him. In our study this week, we discuss Isaiah’s prophecy of a day when the world will come to Israel to bring tribute to the Lord.
We discuss the legal language as Isaiah recounts the sins of Israel, the difference between legalism and righteousness, more divine council references, especially to the deities known in the ancient world as Salem (Peace) and Tsedeq (Righteousness), and the ultimate restoration of Israel and Jerusalem, “A City Not Forsaken.”