This week we will conclude our reading in the book of Isaiah and begin reading in Jeremiah.
And finally we see a testimony from Isaiah about the kind of healer that the Messiah would be: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" - Isaiah 61:1
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:
07, Sunday: Isaiah 58-61
08, Monday: Isaiah 62-65
09, Tuesday: Isaiah 66 - Jeremiah 3
10, Wednesday: Jeremiah 4-7
11, Thursday: Jeremiah 8-11
12, Friday: Jeremiah 12-15
13, Saturday: Jeremiah 16-19
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the
understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word.