The Prophet’s Pen

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 16—17

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The Lord forbad Jeremiah to marry, intended to shock the people into awareness of the coming disaster of exile that would come upon them, if they failed to repent. God did not want children to be brought into such a world.

Sometimes we hear that from parents about today’s world. The way you live points others to the reality of God’s presence to them. When the Lord calls persons to celibacy it is to witness to the absolute sufficiency of Christ in one’s life.

Chapter 17 is a blending of verses that will remind you of the Psalms and the Book of Proverbs. Read Jeremiah slowly here, as the prophet etches the power of his pen upon your heart. Embrace these words, which will be food for you this day that the Lord has made. Does the Lord invite you to write?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
To You shall the nations come. 16:18
Blessed are those who trust in You. 17:7
You searching both mind and heart 17:10
You heal me and save me, Lord. 17:14

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Power of Confession

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 13—15

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The Lord orders Jeremiah to express the sin of the people through various symbolic acts—wearing a rotting, linen sash, and later, wine bottles that the Lord would have smashed. Feel the impact of these images in your own spirit. Jeremiah will do for you what God had him do for the people of those times. God’s Word is eternal; it is alive for you today.

Come to appreciate the value of confessing specific sins. Each confession unfolds disorders in your spirit, gradually uncovering some basic, sinful tendency that needs the touch of the Lord to bring healing to your heart.

Pray with Jeremiah in his third lament in 15:10-21. Just as he does, take personal time to be with the Lord so that intimacy of expression will develop.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You are in the midst of us. 14:9
Lord, we have sinned against you 14:20
Setting all my hope in you 14:22
Your words are a joy to me 15:16

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This is the Fifth Week in Lent, Year A.
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Honesty

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 10—12

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The people of Jeremiah’s time had lost a sense of the power of God, placing more confidence in idolatry. Pray that words of the prophet will break you free from any brands of idolatry in your life.

Have a page of your journal open. Make a list of what the Spirit brings to your awareness as manifestations in your own life of what Jeremiah is preaching. What are your fears and worries that may be symptoms that your faith in the power of God is weakening in the face of temptation? Be honest …courageously honest. Feel the links that connect you with these people seven centuries before Christ.

Chapters 11 and 12 contain two of six personal laments of the prophet. They have Job-like power and beauty. How would you express laments about your own personal losses?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
There is none like you, O Lord. 10:6
You the One who formed all things 10:16
Correct me, Lord, with justice. 10:24
You in my mouth and my heart 12:2

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This is the Fourth Week in Lent, Year A.
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Gift of Tears

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 7—9

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Verse one gave Jeremiah the name: “The Weeping Prophet.” He grieves over the people’s lost condition, so much of which has to do with leaders lying to the people.

What is your experience of crying? Do you weep easily, or is it hard for you to pour out the sin and sadness in your life through tears? Shame often enters to gridlock the emotion of pain that needs the loosening release of sobs. The tears of others often help to free this “liquid prayer.”

Read slowly, carefully, reflectively. You might take a chapter for each of the three hours in the quarter parts of the day. Let your heart be touched; your head may flow with tears. Listen for the tears of Jeremiah until you hear your own. Pray for what spiritual writers call “The Gift of Tears,” a gift from God for intercessory prayer.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Obeying the voice of God 7:23
You our God, we Your people 7:23
There’s a balm in Gilead. 8:23
Weeping for those who suffer 9:1

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This is the Third Week in Lent, Year A.
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God Hurts

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 4—6

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The Lord calls Jeremiah to be the emotional expression of a God outraged, grieved, and simply hurt at the infidelity of the people.

God feels. How could it be otherwise, since we are made in God’s image? The Lord expresses all these emotions through Jeremiah, longing that the people be shaken from their evil, adulterous, idolatrous practices, and turn to the Lord once again.

Get ready with a heart open to receive the pain of your divine spouse. Do not stop short with guilt and shame; these block your spirit. Go deeper. Let the hard, numb soil of your soul be loosened to receive the pure seed of God’s Word. Drop down to that place within where there is deepest sorrow for your sins, all of which are variations on the theme of infidelity to the Lord. Pour out your heart in repentance. The Lord wants you back.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Breaking up my fallow ground 4:3
Hearts open before the Lord 4:4
Longing for understanding 4:22
Acting justly, seeking truth 5:1

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This is the Second Week in Lent, Year A.
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Face to Face

Monday – The Prophets
Jeremiah 1—3

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Of all the feats that skiers do in the Olympics, no one has ever attempted to ski backwards. Yet this catches the essence of the Biblical concept of meshubah “backsliding.” Of the twelve times that the noun is used in the Bible, nine of them are found in Jeremiah.

When we turn our eyes away from the Lord, it is impossible not to fall—literally sliding down on one’s back, feet sprawled in mid-air. To repent means to turn back again, with eyes and life totally focused upon God.

The Lord will pound away at your heart through Jeremiah these Mondays of Lent, until you stop, pick yourself up, and turn back again, face to face with the Lord, the spouse of your soul. Listen with the same energy as Jeremiah speaking.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
I’m known ere formed in the womb 1:5
You with me to deliver 1:8
You put Your words in my mouth 1:9
O Lord, You are merciful. 3:12

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This is the First Week in Lent, Year A.
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Waves of God’s Justice


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Monday of Holy Week, March 25, 2012

Jeremiah 51—52

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Babylon takes its place along with Sodom, Gomorrah, and Nineveh as wicked cities in the ancient world. With the exception of the conclusion of chapter 51 from verse 59, almost every verse details the destruction of this ancient city.

Yet there are exceptions; today’s verse is one of them. Not only is human vengeance at work, but rather divine interventions against Babylon. Yet there is still hope that the city will repent and be saved.

What other verses do you find that rise up as respite from the poetic waves of God’s justice? These verses are themselves as a siege against the city. They pound at your own soul, lest there be anything as Babylon in you that needs to be destroyed. As the refiner’s fire, may the pure gold of who you are in Christ shine forth.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The exalted are humbled 51:1ff
You, O Lord, are a just God. 51:1ff
You made the earth by Your pow’r. 51:15
Mourning for those in exile 52:1ff

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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets. During Lent, we read the prophet Jeremiah.