As we arrive at Week 5 in Jeremiah, we come to a section (11:1-20:18) where the prophet struggles with Judah, himself, and YHWH. As a result he is surprised by opposition (11:1-12:17), stunned over feeling betrayed by God (13:1-15:21), renewed by God (16:1-17:18), burdened by opposition (17:19-18:23), and prepared to continue serving (19:1-20:18). Throughout this section Jeremiah rides a roller coaster of frustration, desperation, and restoration.
One of the many gospel glimpses we see in this section is that God intended his people to “be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen” (Jer 13:11). Yet because of their sin they failed to reflect God’s glory. But the good news of the gospel is that “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor 4:6). As believers see the glory of Christ, we “are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor 3:18).
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