My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, December 24, 2006

Jeremiah 23

Stupid Hebrew

Summary:
God will punish Israel's leaders for scattering her. God himself will gather them by raising up a righteous branch of David. He will be called God is righteous.

Jems is gutted by the prophets. Everyone's evil, uncluding the priests and the prophets. They will see disaster. Samaria prophesies by Baal, Jerusalem has hypocrites.

God will destroy them and tells us not to listen to the prophets. They promise peace, but it won't come. They don't hear God. God is near and far. You cannot hide from him.

The prophets claim dreams, but they lie. If God's word is gold, then these dreams are stones. God is against these prophets

God ain't giving any more oracles. Don't trust people if they claim to have it! You pretend to have words from God, and that's disgraceful.

Key verse:
6. In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteousness.

My thoughts:
When I first read this verse, realising that the word "Lord" here refers to the name "Yahweh", I got all excited. I was going to add it to my fodder against the Jehovah's Witnesses, as it calls the coming King Yahweh. However this is not entirely the case. I am yet to check the Hebrew, but other translations lead me to believe that the Hebrew for "The Lord Our Righteousness" reads something like YHWH ZeDeKNU. This more fluently translates in context as "The Lord is our Righteousness" - see NRSV (and New World Translation for that matter!). His name here is probably not Yahweh. It is more likely a declaration of Yahweh's greatness.

Otherwise, this chapter reminds us the importance of not making convenient things up in the guise of God's Word.

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