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A New Covenant Promised
Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34 Commentary
by Roger Nam
This week we enter one of the few periods of the North American yearly calendar when we practice open expressions of thanksgiving.
On the lectionary calendar, we fast-forward from last week’s passage of Isaiah 6 during the late eighth century BCE to the reign of Jehoiakim during the early sixth century BCE. Many of the fears of the eighth century have befallen on Judah, though partially delayed in time, and executed through the Babylonians and not the Assyrians.
Once again, God addresses this crisis through a prophet. Jeremiah is commanded to write the words onto a scroll to preserve these texts for future generations to look back at the calamity as an impetus to their repentance and divine forgiveness. Obediently, Jeremiah calls on his scribe Baruch to record the words of the Lord.
This passage models a major transition of revelation. Archaeological evidence suggests that ancient Judah is witnessing a growing literacy, thus it is natural that God would utilize newer forms of communication. Whereas two centuries earlier in Isaiah 6, an angelic being touches the lips of Isaiah with a hot coal, now, the command ...
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NL241: A New Covenant Promised
November 20, 2016
This Narrative Lectionary podcast discusses Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34, the reading for Nov. 20, 2016.