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Promise of the Messiah
Jeremiah 33:14-18 Commentary
by Rachel Wrenn
Last week on Christ the King Sunday, we heard about the reforms of the great King Josiah. King Josiah was one of the most celebrated rulers of Judah’s history.
Today we hear the story of the prophet Jeremiah, who was born in Josiah’s time, but went on the prophesy during the darkest times of Judah’s history.
Israel sat on a trade route between two massive empires, Egypt and Babylon/Assyria (roughly modern-day Iraq). Consequently, it was in constant danger of being conquered, subjected, even destroyed. And that’s exactly what happened. After centuries of idolatry and oppressive practices of Judean kings and elite, God withdrew the divine protective power, and the unrelenting armies of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem.
For over a year the Babylonians besieged the city. Ultimately, it fell, and its king and elites were exiled to Babylon. But until its fall, the citizens of Jerusalem were trapped, suffocating in a city that was rapidly running out of food and water and even more rapidly acquiring sickness and disease. In our text for today, Jeremiah is languishing in a prison attached to the palace of the besieged king (Jeremiah ...
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NL Podcast 383: Promise of the Messiah
December 01, 2019
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Dec. 1, 2019, (Promise of the Messiah) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.