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  • Jeremiah preaches at the temple as people came by to worship. He warns them they are trusting in the empty words to save them, thinking God will not allow the temple to be destroyed. They think God will bless Judah no matter how they lived just because of the Davidic covenant. God instructs Jeremiah to stop praying for the people. Their evil had become unthinkable and were even sacrificing their children to pagan gods.
  • Brown arrows from bottom represent the Egyptian campaign
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    • 1. Bukit Panjang Methodist Church Camp 2010 Everly Resort, Malacca, 8-11 December 2010 “ Lights that Cannot be Hidden”
    • 2. MT 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV) About Light
    • 3. Lk 11:34 When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you." About Light
    • 4. JN 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." About Light
    • 5. How do we become lights in a time of darkness?
    • 6. Radiating Christ (a prayer) Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 7. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us, and be so in us, that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 8. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus! (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 9. Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as you shine; so to shine as to be a light to others; the light O Jesus, will be all from you, none of it will be ours; it will be you, shining on others through us. (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 10. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 11. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words but by our example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do. The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen (John Henry Newman's Prayer: Radiating Christ )
    • 12. Session #1 : A Calling A Light in the Times of Darkness Jeremiah 1:1-19 “ Lights that Cannot be Hidden”
    • 13.
      • Son of Hilkiah, a priest (Jer. 1:1)
      • Lived in town of Anathoth 3 miles NE of Jerusalem.
      • Began his ministry when he was around 20.
      • Was well-off enough to buy a field (Jer. 32).
      Life and Times of Prophet Jeremiah
    • 14. Placing the Prophetical Books
    • 15. Jerusalem’s Fall 586 Habakkuk Joel Jerusalem's Fall Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel 597 605 627 538 Key Dates adapted Dr Rick Griffith, Singapore Bible College
    • 16. Timeline 650 800 900 950 1000 500 550 850 1050 1100 450 United Kingdom 1050-930 Divided Kingdom 930-722 Solitary Kingdom 722-586 Exile 586-536 Post- Exile 536-425 7 5 0 Jeremiah 627-580 B. C. 7 0 0 600 adapted Dr Rick Griffith, Singapore Bible College
    • 17. The Call to Become Light
      • Background (1:1-3)
      • God’s calling (1:4-5)
      • Jeremiah response (1:6)
      • God’s confirmation (1:7-14)
      • God’s plan (1:15-16)
      • God’s empowerment (1:17-19)
      Jeremiah by Michelangelo
    • 18. Background (1:1-3) JER 1:1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. Jeremiah prophesied during the darkest days of the southern kingdom Judah’s history, beginning in the 13th year of Josiah (627 BC) and extending pass the fall of Jerusalem (586 BC) and the exile.
    • 19. Times of Darkness
      • Political
      • Socio-economical
      • Religious
      • Spiritual
    • 20. Worthless Public Worship Their evil had become unthinkable. They even sacrificed own children! Trusted in empty words And “God will not destroy the temple” Jer. 7-8
    • 21. Judah’s Spiritual Condition
      • Idolatrous
      Apkallu
      • Detestable acts
      • Immoral
      • Disobedient to God’s
      • Word
      • Followed the practices of
      • the heathen nations
    • 22. Geography of Jeremiah 3. Egypt : Assyria-Babylon conflicts gave Egypt control of Israel. Pharaoh Neco killed Josiah of Judah in 60 9BC, then his son Jehoahaz ruled 3 months. Neco replaced him with his brother Jehoiakim. 1. Assyria : Since 722 BC, Assyria dominated Jerusalem. 2. Babylon : In 612 BC Nineveh, Assyria’s capital, fell to Babylon. This meant Judah would be subject to Babylon 2 3 1 adapted Dr Rick Griffith, Singapore Bible College
    • 23. Geography of Jeremiah 4. Babylon : When Egypt was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon at the Battle of Carchemish (605BC), Jehoiakim switched allegiance from Egypt to Babylon. 2 3 1 4 Geography of Jeremiah adapted Dr Rick Griffith, Singapore Bible College
    • 24. Campaigns
      • Egypt: Four years later (601 BC), Egypt defeated Nebuchadnezzar and Jehoiakim switched his allegiance back to Egypt.
      • Babylon : In 597 BC Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and killed Jehoiakim. He was replaced with Jehoiachin but 3 months later he deported him to Babylon with 10,000 others.
        • He was replaced with his uncle Zedekiah, leading to the siege of Jerusalem and the city’s fall in 586 BC.
      adapted Dr Rick Griffith, Singapore Bible College
    • 25. Jeremiah ministered under eight rulers
      • Josiah (Judah’s last Godly king)
      • Johoahaz
      • Jehoiakim (ungodly, scripture burning king)
      • Jehoiachin (a ninety-day wonder judged by God)
      • Zedekiah (Judah’s last king)
      • Nebuchanezzar (Babylon conqueror)
      • Gedaliah (Babylonian appointed governor of occupied Jerusalem)
      • Johanan (successor of Gedaliah who was assassinated)
    • 26. King Josiah
      • Josiah means ‘the Lord heals.’
      • Josiah was 8 years old when he became king.
      • At 16 he began to seek God
      • by 20 Josiah initiated a vigorous religious revival by destroying altars in high places
      • Discovered lost books of Moses in temple
      • Killed by Pharaoh Neco in 609 BC
    • 27. God’s calling (1:4-5) The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Our calling
    • 28. Jeremiah response (1:6) "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." Our response
    • 29. God’s confirmation (1:7-14) JER 1:7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, `I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. JER 1:9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant." (a) Word A Messenger What to say
    • 30. God’s confirmation (1:7-14) JER 1:11 The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied. JER 1:12 The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled." “ In response to the initial question, Jeremiah says he sees a shaqed (almond); God responds that he is shoqed (watching). In other words, the word play indicates that the tree and the divine watching are intimately interrelated “ Craigie, P. C. (2002). Vol. 26 : Word Biblical Commentary : Jeremiah 1-25 . Word Biblical Commentary (16). Dallas: Word, Incorporated. (b) almond
    • 31. God’s confirmation (1:7-14) JER 1:13 The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?" "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered. JER 1:14 The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. (c) Boiling pot
    • 32. God’s plan (1:15-16) 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah. JER 1:16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.
    • 33. God’s judgment on the Israelites (Judeans)
      • Ungodly kings
      • False prophets, priests and wise men
      • Idolatry of the people (return to worship of Baal)
      • Refusal to listen to God
      Jeremiah the Prophet and the King
    • 34. Exile
    • 35. Biblical Covenants ABRAHAMIC Genesis 12:1-3 LAND SEED BLESSING MOSAIC/LAW Deuteronomy 30:1-10 DAVIDIC 2 Samuel 7:12-16 NEW Jeremiah 31:31-34 Conditional Unconditional Unconditional
    • 36. Fall of Jerusalem Book of Jeremiah Book of Lamentations Looking ahead (warning) Looking back (mourning)
    • 37. Mosaic/Law Covenant He promised to bless His people if they obeyed Him. And He promised to punish His people if they disobeyed. Deuteronomy 30:1-10
    • 38. The Fall of Jerusalem Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC
      • Wholesale devastation and slaughter of kings, princes, elders, priests, prophets and people
      • Starving mothers are reduced to cannibalism
      • Judah’s people are dragged into exile
      • Elaborate ceremony and worship rituals came to an end
    • 39.  
    • 40. The Prophet Jeremiah Mourning over the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt (1603)
    • 41. The Prophet Jeremiah Mourning over the Destruction of Jerusalem By Rembrandt (1603)
    • 42.  
    • 43.  
    • 44.  
    • 45. God’s empowerment (1:17-19)
      • fortified city
      • iron pillar
      • bronze wall
      JER 1:17 "Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
    • 46. What are the lessons for us? God chose Jeremiah to be a light in a time of darkness
    • 47. (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 48.  
    • 49. (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 50. Our calling
      • We are call to be someone
      • That is why we have meaning and purpose in this life on earth
      • As Jeremiah slowly be [become] the prophet to the nations [a light in the darkness]
      • we are called to be [become] someone special [lights in the present darkness]
    • 51. (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) What’s your excuse ? excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) People of God; sons and daughters, children of the light [John 12:36] Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 52. (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Word of God (b) God’s Presence (c) God’s Sovereignty (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) What your excuse? excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) People of God; sons and daughters Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 53. (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) Judgment of the lost, New Covenant for believers Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Word of God (b) God’s Presence (c) God’s Sovereignty (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) ?excuse excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) People of God; sons and daughters Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 54. New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34) 31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.
    • 55. New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34) 33  “ This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
    • 56. New nature Bible Holy Spirit (a) Fortified city (b) Iron pillar (c) Bronze wall God’s empowerment (1:17-19) New Covenant Judgment God’s plan (1:15-16) (a) Bible (b) Jesus’ death and resurrection (c) Sovereignty (a) Word (b) Branch almond (c) Boiling pot God’s confirmation (1:7-14) ?excuse excuse Jeremiah response (1:6) People of God; sons and daughters Prophet to the nations God’s calling (1:4-5) Society in chaos Society in chaos Background (1:1-3) Us Jeremiah
    • 57. God empowers us to be lights
      • new nature because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross
      • the guidance of the word of God
      • the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
    • 58.  
    • 59. WHAT PREVENTS YOU FROM BECOMING LIGHTS THAT CANNOT BE HIDDEN? “ The Prophet Jeremiah Mourning over the Destruction of Jerusalem” is among the early works of Rembrandt in which his leitmotif of conceptual structure was a single or totally dominant figure that is totally bound up in the course of an historical event. Rembrandt masterfully turns an individual person, their expressions and posture, into a history painting. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Jerusalem times Keeping you up to date since the Garden of Eden - Since creation-
    • 60.
      • God is the active agent in our calling to being lights
        • God’s messenger/trust obedience/witnesses
        • God is watching
        • God is in control
        • God will make us a fortress, an iron pillar and a bronze wall
    • 61.  
    • 62.
      • God is the active agent in our calling to being lights
        • God’s messenger/trust obedience/witnesses
        • God is watching
        • God is in control
        • God will make us a fortress, an iron pillar and a bronze wall
      • Our struggle is against ourselves – we need trust obedience
    • 63.  
    • 64.  
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