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Jeremiah 10.12-14, 23-24
God as sole Creator & Lord
Posted: 21 June 2010 in Jeremiah

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

There is not much to say here, except that it is a great hymn of praise to God’s role as the One who is the ongoing Creator and sustainer of the universe. The last two verses quoted speak of Jeremiah’s awareness that he is not master of his own destiny, but that his whole life is spent in the hands of his Creator. He prays that God may correct him, and direct his steps in such a manner that he does not eventually incur God’s wrath.

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Luke 24.25-27 – Unity of the Bible
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Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

From this passage it is perfectly clear that Jesus regarded the Old Testament as being a collection of texts which foretold his coming. That being the case it is incumbent upon us to do likewise, even though it is perfectly true that the prophets were self consciously writing for their own day. There are many paradoxes in religion, so that is just one more. Which brings me onto a personal hobby horse of mine, and that is the doubtful wisdom of labeling three quarters of the Bible “old”. Although for Christians the New Testament represents the high point of God’s revelation to man, it is nevertheless one and the same God who speaks to us throughout the Bible’s 1,500 or so pages.

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