The End

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 39:1–14 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried into exile to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city. (v. 9) As God had warned through Jeremiah, the end came. It was a terrible destruction for the city of Jerusalem, and the people were carried into captivity. All the schemes of men had failed. The attempts to shut the mouth of the prophet had failed. It is strange, as one looks in …

Broken Promise

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 34:8–22 But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves. (v. 11) The city was under siege and the slaves of many Israelites were a liability, for there was no work for them to do. In this moment of great national crisis, when the very existence of the nation was in question, many freed their slaves under outward pretense of religious motive, …

Everlasting Love

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 31:1–6 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (v. 3) Students of the Bible have pondered the reason for God’s continual struggle with the people of Israel. What was it that bound God to these people who continually broke the covenant and refused to heed repeated warnings? This question can be expressed in present-day terms. What is it that binds God to the church today with all its …

Seeking—Finding

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 29:1–13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (v. 13) Probably some of the people in exile called to mind the words of warning Jeremiah had proclaimed. Too late the truth of those words—now no more than a haunting phrase “it might have been”—was evident. Looking forward to long years of exile, with the older people perhaps never again seeing the homeland, was not a pleasant experience. Was life …

Nearby—Far Away

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 23:23–40 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? (v. 24) There is absolutely no place where we can hide from God. This is one of the most sobering facts of our existence in this world and yet it is one of the most satisfying. Apparently the false prophets of Jeremiah’s day felt they were performing only before men. They seemed …

False Prophets

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 23:9–22 They speak visions of their own minds, not from the . . . Lord. (v. 16) Throughout the ages there have been false prophets. In the book of Jeremiah frequent mention is made of the false prophets and the effect they had on the lives of the people. Jeremiah bluntly states that a false prophet fills people’s minds with vain hopes, proclaiming peace and prosperity when clouds of impending national doom are clearly visible on the …