Margin notes: Things I scribbled in the white spaces on Sept. 15, 2K8


1 – Jeremiah 30:10-11 (ESV)10 “Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord,

nor be dismayed, O Israel;

for behold, I will save you from far away,

and your offspring from the land of their captivity.

Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,

and none shall make him afraid.

11 For I am with you to save you,

declares the Lord;

I will make a full end of all the nations

among whom I scattered you,

but of you I will not make a full end.

I will discipline you in just measure,

and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

RAF: Once again we are met with this repeated motif in Scripture, that one and the same event serves two or more purposes in God’s hand. Here, as God pours out judgment on the Gentile nations, He but disciplines His own. And while such judgment – (here on a geo-political scale) seals the doom of the unbeleiving ones – it is at the same time a means of but loving His people, and is accompanied with a promise of its good fruit. Christians in different national circumstances need to take such paradigms into consideration for themselves. How God may well bring national upheaval, which Christians endure – but while the nation may be being judged, the Church is being trained up, purified, and has the eternal promises of God on their side.

2 – Jeremiah 30:24 (ESV) 24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back

until he has executed and accomplished

the intentions of his mind.

In the latter days you will understand this.

RAF: While Christians know of a certainty, that all things which occur do indeed take place under the cover of God’s sovereign purposes, we are not to be so naive as to imagine that we will come to understand fully those purposes while either in the midst of them – or even soon after. Many of the things we have suffered, are suffering or will yet suffer will not be easily categorized so as for us to say “THIS, is what God is doing. THIS, is how I see His mercy, grace and purpose in it.” We may not see those things at all, until “the latter days.” Ours is to trust Him, not always to be able to make perfect sense out of the events. Our trust is in Him, not in our perfect understanding of things. Trust Him.

3 – Jeremiah 32:26-27 (ESV) 26 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?

RAF: It is an error for the redeemed to fail to recognize that the entire race of man has yet some relationship to God. While salvation is singularly the providence of those who trust in Christ – we nevetheless have this shared starting point with all men. All were made in the image of God. All were created upright and holy. All were made for His glory. All fell together in Adam. And He has not left off being their God. All are at war with God until He subdues us by His grace. But the war makes Him no less their God when all is said and done. It is reconciliation to their God that we are to preach in Christ, warning every man that we may present every man complete in Him. Lest they remain in their state of rebellion and perish eternally in their sins.

Colossians 1:28

4 – Jeremiah 32:31 (ESV) 31 This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, so that I will remove it from my sight

RAF: Consider the astounding revelation of the mercy, patience and grace of God this statement reveals. Jerusalem NEVER fully satisifed God – from the day it was built! And yet how God blessed it, protected it, forgave it, supplied its needs, granted it good kings, strove with it, called to it, pleaded with it, rebuked it, instructed it, dwelt within it – and ultimately in Christ – was incarnate in it. Just how good IS this God?

More than we can ever fathom.

5 – Jeremiah 37:16-17 (ESV) 16 When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days, 17 King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, “Is there any word from the Lord?” Jeremiah said, “There is.” Then he said, “You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.”

RAF: Jeremiah could have answered Zedekiah in the very same way we ought to answer those in our own day who go about tryng to find out of God has said anything new: “Yes”, Jeremiah might have said, “there is a word from the Lord, the very same word He has already spoken, it still stands!” When men ask today “what is God saying?”, we may reply in kind: “God is saying now, exactly all He has been saying – it is in His Word.” Our need is not for some new word from the Lord, it is to hear what He has already said.

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