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



Monday, December 25, 2006

Jeremiah 24

Figilicious

Summary:
When the kings and skilled people had been taken to Babylon, Jems had a vision of two baskets in front of the temple. One had good fruit in it, the other had bad. Some of those taken to exile were good, others were bad. God will look after the good and bring them back. They will return to God wholeheartedly and know him as God.

The bad will be destroyed by the kings they find themselves under.

Key verse:
3. Then the Lord asked me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
"Figs," I answered. "The good ones are very good, but the poor ones are so bad they
cannot be eaten."

My thoughts:
There is an emphasis here on the exile as a refining process. EzraNehemiah shows us that the refining process can't have been perfect, but there is a definite historical sense that Jewish faith became strongly defined during the exile in a way it had not previously been.

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