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Daily Reflections July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 15 There are two striking images in today’s passage: We see a picture of God’s wrath against sin and we catch a glimpse into the discouraged heart of a persecuted prophet. The image of God’s wrath is nothing short of horrifying. The nation has strayed so far into idolatrous rebellion that God would not even listen to intercessory prayers if they were brought to him by Moses and Samuel (v1). He vows to send the sword to kill the nation, and then even to send dogs, birds and wild...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections July 14, 2017

July 14, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 10 In this chapter, Jeremiah both confronts idolatry and lifts God up as the only God worthy of worship. He does not seem to be very gentle on the polemic against the idolatry of the nations and Israel who is dabbling with idols as well. But often we look so much at the reason not to follow idols that we neglect to first observe why they are so enticing in the first place. Perhaps if we knew what was so attracting about them then we could more easily recognize when we were being...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 8 Jeremiah 8 contains an enormous warning for God’s people. It is particularly relevant to our North American context. Consider the description of the people of Judah found here: They are under God’s judgement because they are backslidden (v5). The faith that was alive and strong in previous generations has all but disappeared and religion has become a meaningless, passionless charade.  Even after being warned and rebuked, there is no repentance (v6). The entire nation is...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections July 7, 2017

July 07, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 3 Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, helps us see sin and its effects more vividly. And in so doing, the depth of our own sin without the grace of God is shown through the story of Israel’s rebellion. In this chapter, we are confronted with the imagery of God’s beloved people prostituting themselves. Deceived into thinking that they would find better loves, they abandoned God. But instead of finding a more favourable spouse, they ended up on the street corner offering themselves to anyone...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections July 5, 2017

July 05, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Jeremiah 1 Understanding the historical backdrop of Jeremiah’s ministry will help to shed more light on this amazing book. For today’s purposes, I want to draw your attention to verse 3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month. (Jeremiah 1:3 ESV italics added)  Take special note of those nine words...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 62 Isaiah has expressed the coming of the Suffering Servant that will bring about the salvation for the people of Israel. Chapter 62 indicates the result of the Lord’s procurement of deliverance on His people. There are two promises highlighted here that we should note: God will delight in his people. In verses 1-5, Isaiah provides beautiful analogies of how God will exalt his people. They will shed their disgraceful name and be given a new name by God. They will no longer be...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 60 As I reflect on Isaiah, I’m reminded of how important it is that we constantly encourage one another to look beyond our present circumstances. Here is a prophet who encouraged his people to look beyond the Assyrian invasion to God’s deliverance. He then directed them to look beyond the Babylonian captivity to God’s rescue through Cyrus. He then pointed even further to a coming, suffering servant who would atone for the sin of God’s people. And now, finally, he introduces the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 55 The most distinguishing mark of a redeemed person is grateful, willing obedience. In bondage, there is an inability to do anything but what the slave master desires. But when someone is delivered from being hopelessly enslaved, cursed, and impoverished, the freedom opens the way to a response.  Throughout the book of Isaiah, we have seen the judgment of Israel both physically and spiritually into the hands of their enemy because of their rebellion against God. Then Isaiah tells...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 53 Every time our church gathers for Good Friday, this text is read either in part or in its entirety. Every verse in this chapter paints a beautiful picture of how Christ saved His people. I would love to know how much Isaiah understood of this prophecy as he wrote it. Remember, he lived and ministered 700 years before Jesus was even born. God spoke to him of a future suffering servant who would bring deliverance by means of a sacrificial death. Was Isaiah given a glimpse of Christ on...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 48  In chapter 47, Isaiah meditates upon the fall of Babylon. Now, in this chapter, he considers the departure of Israel back home. God’s people have some sense of joy and release but the prophet provides a very insightful context that every Christian should consider. There are two things in the first half that is very relevant to all of us. Isaiah reveals the inauthenticity of the Israelite people. They were called Israel, they came from a great land, they swore by the name of...Continue Reading