Bible Study: Come Alive In Scripture – An exciting new program exploring the message of the Prophets will start on Tuesday 8th August for 10 weeks. For more information or to register please contact Ramona 0409317114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also sign-up sheets at the back of the church.
In this session, we are taken to “ground level” to witness the events leading up to the Babylonian exile and the destruction of Jerusalem through the experience of an eyewitness, Jeremiah. Jeremiah is remembered as the “weeping prophet.” His suffering and rejection begin to embody the Suffering Servant of Isaiah and foreshadow the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in the person of Jesus Christ. Despite the dark days that Jeremiah lives through, he is also a prophet of hope. Like the prophets before him, he enacts living parables that become signs of restoration. From jail, as Jerusalem is surrounded and its destruction is certain, Jeremiah is instructed by God to purchase some real-estate. This is after he has predicted a seventy-year exile! With this purchase comes a prophecy: “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought on this land” (Jeremiah 32:15). Jeremiah’s purchase is a supreme act of hope for Judah. It is the end of an era, but no the end of the story.
(From: The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy” by Sarah Christmyer & Thomas Smith) p49