Potter and Clay

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 18:1–23 Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (v. 6) From this very well-known passage of Scripture, many parallels can be drawn and applied to daily life. Today let us think about two of these possibilities. First, we are clay in God’s hands. Through the experiences of life, God is molding and making us into vessels fit for service. The clay cannot make itself into a …

God versus Idols

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 10:1–16 But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. (v. 10) Suppose for a moment that you are a condemned man, in the prime of life, facing death within a matter of hours. You found faith in your death row cell through reading the Bible and instruction in the Christian faith. You received baptism after making confession. But in these last moments, what gives your hope, your faith, a …

Sympathy

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded; I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me. (v. 21) We like to picture prophets as men who thunder the word of God in judgment to the people. We also like to picture the people squirming as the truth of the prophet’s words strikes home, causing them to realize that the day of accounting is at hand. But this is only part …

Ways and Doings

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 7:1–15 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. (v. 3) It is obvious from the words of Jeremiah that for many people temple worship had become a mere formality, something one did occasionally. Some thought that participation in temple worship gave them license to do anything they pleased the rest of the time. In light of the prophet’s strong …

Return

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 3:11–20 Return, faithless Israel, declares the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful. (v. 12) One of the most amazing pictures in the Bible is that of God patiently, earnestly pleading with his people to return to him. God had covenanted with his people. If they remained faithful to him, his richest blessings would be theirs. If they broke the covenant, punishment would follow and the violators would have no right …

Two Evils

Glenn Bruggers

READ : Jeremiah 2:1–13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (v. 13) God’s people had committed two evils. Not only had they forsaken God, but they had attempted to replace him with the idol worship of their neighbors. God had been “the fountain of living waters” for his people. A recounting of their history would illustrate this …