This week's reading is all about the second prophetic book, Jeremiah - the man and the message.
Like Isaiah, Jeremiah was also a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah and lived in Jerusalem. His name meant "Yahweh exalts" and sometimes he was called the "weeping prophet." He was the son of a priest from Anatot in the land of Benjamin and lived in the last years of the kingdom of Judah, witnessing its fall to Babylon including the destruction of Solomon's Temple. For twenty five years he had predicted God's coming judgment and tried some outrageous stunts to get people to listen to him and repent, but to no avail. We would consider that today to be a failure; and yet Jeremiah was not a failure because he was faithful to proclaim God's Word.
There are six main sections to this book. By the end of this week we'll have worked our way through most of the first section (chapters 1-25 dealing with the main part of Jeremiah's message). Next week we will get into more biographic material and Jeremiah's interactions with other prophets.
Here is the schedule:
08, Sunday: Isaiah 62-65
09, Monday: Isaiah 66 - Jeremiah 3
10, Tuesday: Jeremiah 4-7
11, Wednesday: Jeremiah 8-11
12, Thursday: Jeremiah 12-15
13, Friday: Jeremiah 16-19
14, Saturday: Jeremiah 20-23
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.