Jeremiah had as hard a task as one could imagine! He was to give an unpalatable message to a reluctant people. As God’s prophet, his message was that because of the sin of the people, a terrible judgment was to be visited upon the city of Jerusalem and the people of Judah. In fact, it had already begun;

  1. God’s anger

People don’t like it when the bible speaks about God’s anger. Richard Dawkins states: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

  1. Another of Jeremiah’s symbolic acts!

Jeremiah is careful to provide a precise chronology for these middle chapters of the book. In chapter 27 we fast-forward from the start of Jehoiakim’s 11-year reign in chapter 26 to the start of his brother, Zedekiah’s 11-year reign. Zedekiah like his brother did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord. He would be the last legitimate king to reign over Israel.

In order to get his message across, Jeremiah presented several ‘object lessons’ to the people of Judah; there was the linen belt in chapter 13, the potter’s house in chapter 18, the smashed pot in chapter 18 and now we have two baskets of figs!

  1. Jeremiah speaks out

 Our politicians speak endlessly about the benefits to our society of tolerance and acceptance of diversity. The problem is that underlying their warm words is a world view that is atheistic and antagonistic to Christianity.

Shepherds, prophets and a king

One of the most disturbing trends in our world today is a departure from truth. The decision makers and thought leaders in our country have largely accepted the atheistic evolutionary view of our world and mankind. There is remarkable faith exercised in the ‘god’ of atheism, a faith that is largely based on wishful thinking: