1. A ruined waistcoat

The England football team returned from the Russia World cup a couple of days ago (as I write in mid July 2018). The team performed better than the most optimistic of optimists! One of the talking points during the tournament was the manager’s waistcoat! He wore it to every game – even in the sultry heat when the team defeated Sweden in Samara. Apparently online sales of M&S waistcoats doubled during the world cup!  Jeremiah was asked by the Lord to wear a linen belt – perhaps if he had been sent to speak to the English people it would have been a waistcoat!

If you wake up in the middle of the night and need to get back to sleep, a radio under your pillow can help! The BBC world service broadcasts 24 h a day and one of their programmes currently scheduled for 3.00 am (GMT) is Outlook. It tells stories of heroism and bravery in the face of danger and difficulty. At least it did.

  1. Why?

There was a plot to kill Jeremiah. Why? Because he had pointed out the error of the ways of the people: judgment was coming from the North. We tend to become a bit immune to the situation in Judah at that time. Yes, yes, we know about the idols, yes, we know it was bad, yeah, yeah, yeah. It seems similar today, we become so accustomed to deeply destructive sinful practices around us that we hardly notice them.

Imagine you are on the beach and there is some of that nice  flat wet sand that is good to walk on – and you discover someone has written: ‘Peter loves Mary.’ It’s a simple statement and it would be tempting to interpret it as something written by Peter as a statement of his romantic love for Mary – probably a reasonable assumption, but it’s not the only interpretation!

  1. Listen and Tell

I once had occasion to meet a professor who, whilst without doubt was a brilliant man, but was of a distinctly objectionable character. He wanted to argue about everything and was only satisfied when he had humiliated his ‘opponent.’

Lord Tebbit was Margaret Thatcher’s right hand man during the 1980s, he served as employment secretary and Trade and Industry secretary and became the chairman of the Conservative Party. In 1984, at the party’s annual conference in Brighton the leaders stayed at the Grand Hotel. What no one knew at the time was that that weeks before the conference, the Irish Republican Army had planted a bomb in the hotel, it was set to explode at 3.00 am on 12th October 1984.