“The Sabbath has been honored mostly in the breach for many years, and God now wants it to be observed.  Beyond being a requirement of the law, the Sabbath is symbolic of God’s covenant with Israel, and its observance takes on added significance at a time when the covenant relationship has been so shattered.”

Read:  Jeremiah 17:19-27

“Repeatedly God has likened his relationship with man to a potter’s relationship with his clay.  As the potter has power over his clay, so God as the Creator of the universe has unlimited power over men and nations, and the right to rule them as he sees fit.”

Read:  Jeremiah 18:1-17

“Once again Jeremiah learns of a plot against him, but this plot seems to e more of a counter campaign than a threat to his physical life.  Even so, Jeremiah is incensed and cries out for punishment of his detractors.  The weeping prophet has now become the angry prophet.”

Read:  Jeremiah 18:18-23

“Angry and impatient as he may be, Jeremiah nevertheless continues to take God’s message to the people.”

Read:  Jeremiah 19:1-13

“Jeremiah has been prophesying for some time now during the reign of Josiah, and although he has angered the religious establishment, no official action or physical harm has been brought against him.  But his fortune on both counts is about to change, and when it does Jeremiah will once again expose the inner pain that his outer suffering brings.  And yet a new sense of trust in God is revealed: There is actually praise for the one who has gotten Jeremiah into all this trouble.”

Read:  Jeremiah 19:14-15, 20:1-13

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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