by Roger Wyatt| 29th December 2020 | more posts on 'Getting to grips with the Prophets'
The first six chapters of Jeremiah make difficult reading and perhaps represent some of most challenging texts in the Old Testament. The young prophet Jeremiah is called by God, in the first chapter, to take a message of coming disaster to the people of Judah and Jerusalem; the prophet begins his ministry in the streets of Jerusalem, during the reign of king Josiah (640 to 609 BC). The chapters under consideration in fact represent two prophetic moments, one in 627 (Jeremiah 2 to 3:5) and the other in the following year, 626 (3:6 to the end of chapter 6).
by Roger Wyatt| 14th January 2021 | more posts on 'Getting to grips with the prophets'
The book of Jeremiah is well known for its ‘prophetic parables’. These are short, acted parables that communicate God’s message in a dynamic and even shocking way. The parables punctuate Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry, and they deliver a surprising amount of prophetic depth to the message of the prophet. Those of chapter 13 serve as good examples of this important prophetic device.
A LESSON FROM THE TREES
by Roger Wyatt| 20th January 2021 | more posts on 'Motifs and Metaphors'
Psalm 1 is one of the more well-known of the Psalms, if not the best known. Consisting of only six verses its message is direct, and it seeks to draw a direct comparison between the way and destiny of the wicked, and the way of the righteous:
‘Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers.’ (Psalm 1:1)
by Roger Wyatt| 29th January 2021 | more posts on 'Kings and Prophets'
In a survey of the kings of Judah, Manasseh, Ahaz and Zedekiah are notable for their wickedness, and their role in bringing about the fall of the kingdom of Judah is well understood. A king less considered in the story of the small kingdom of Judah is Jehoiakim, but a careful look at his life and reign reveals the man to be a true villain. Whilst the fate of Judah and Jerusalem had already been secured by the evil behaviour of Manasseh, Jehoiakim’s political and personal life were also primary causes of the catastrophe that ended the monarchy and brutally hurled the kingdom of Judah into death, desolation and exile.