Life Illustrating Life…! – Hosea

Life Illustrating Life…! – Hosea
Have you ever had something happen that others used as an “object lesson”? Some would say these are “life lessons” Often we view these incidents as being personal but Hosea will demonstrate that “it isn’t always about us”! Sometimes things happen to us that are meant as “lessons” to other people. Are you willing to be an object lesson for someone else?!

I. Hosea the Book
• Hosea means “Salvation/Deliverance” (Hebrew root Joshua/Jesus)
• Book written about 715AD (Israel falls 722AD)
• Book rich in literary genres: metaphors, allegories, parables
• Many symbols used:
• God: husband, lion, leopard, she-bear, dew, rain
• Israel: wife, sick person, grapevine, olive tree,
• Hosea prophet for Israel 50 years
• Worshipped: Baal (Canaanite storm god), Asherah (Canaanite fertility god)
• The nation: outwardly strong, prosperous; inwardly: decay, morally bankrupt
• “Grafting in of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:11-18) foretold: Hos. 2:23 cf. Rom. 9:25; 1 Pet. 2:10)

II. Hosea the Lesson
• Chap. 1-3 Dysfunctional Family
• Chap 4:14 Depravity of Rebellion (4:6)
• Hosea married a harlot – Israel unfaithful; violates marriage vow to God (2:3-5)
• She was sold as a slave (3:2)
• Hosea bought her back (3:3)
• Children’s names are prophetic:
• Jezreel: God sows (punishes) – Justice delayed not denied((1:4)
• Lo_Ruhamah: Not pitied – No pity shown by God the jilted “Husband” (1:6)
• Lo-Ammi: Not my people – No longer God’s people; even the name rejected by God (1:8)
• God did the same to Israel (Hos. 11:7-8)
• Agony over betrayal (1:2)
• Pity over the depravity (2:12-13) – Punishment as a “wake up call”
• Unending love (2:23)
• Always desire reconcile and restore (14:2-4)

III. Applications
• Relationship with God includes discipline (maybe severe) (Heb. 12:11-12)
• Ritual over relationship with God brings idolatry (Rom. 1:24-32)
• Friendship with the world results in us oppose God (Jas. 4:4)
• One can appear outwardly successful but be inwardly worthless (Rev. 3:17)

Have you ever had something happen that others used as an “object lesson”? Some would say these are “life lessons” Often we view these incidents as being personal but Hosea will demonstrate that “it isn’t always about us”! Sometimes things happen to us that are meant as “lessons” to other people. Are you willing to be an object lesson for someone else?!

 

  1. Hosea the Book
  • Hosea means “Salvation/Deliverance” (Hebrew root Joshua/Jesus)
  • Book written about 715AD (Israel falls 722AD)
  • Book rich in literary genres: metaphors, allegories, parables
  • Many symbols used:
  • God: husband, lion, leopard, she-bear, dew, rain
  • Israel: wife, sick person, grapevine, olive tree,
  • Hosea prophet for Israel 50 years
  • Worshipped: Baal (Canaanite storm god), Asherah (Canaanite fertility god)
  • The nation: outwardly strong, prosperous; inwardly: decay, morally bankrupt
  • “Grafting in of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:11-18) foretold: Hos. 2:23 cf. 9:25; 1 Pet. 2:10)

 

  1. Hosea the Lesson
  • 1-3 Dysfunctional Family
  • Chap 4:14 Depravity of Rebellion (4:6)
  • Hosea married a harlot – Israel unfaithful; violates marriage vow to God (2:3-5)
  • She was sold as a slave (3:2)
  • Hosea bought her back (3:3)
  • Children’s names are prophetic:
  • Jezreel: God sows (punishes) – Justice delayed not denied((1:4)
  • Lo_Ruhamah: Not pitied – No pity shown by God the jilted “Husband” (1:6)
  • Lo-Ammi: Not my people – No longer God’s people; even the name rejected by God (1:8)
  • God did the same to Israel (Hos. 11:7-8)
  • Agony over betrayal (1:2)
  • Pity over the depravity (2:12-13) – Punishment as a “wake up call”
  • Unending love (2:23)
  • Always desire reconcile and restore (14:2-4)

 

  • Applications
  • Relationship with God includes discipline (maybe severe) (Heb. 12:11-12)
  • Ritual over relationship with God brings idolatry (Rom. 1:24-32)
  • Friendship with the world results in us oppose God (Jas. 4:4)

One can appear outwardly successful but be inwardly worthless (Rev. 3:17)


Verses for Hosea – Life Illustrating Life

Hosea 2:23

I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Romans 9:25

As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,

1 Peter 2:10

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Hosea 4:6

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

Hosea 2:3-5

Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst. I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’

Hosea 3:2

So I bought her for fifteen shekels(6 ounces) of silver and about a homer and a lethek (430 lbs) of barley.

Hosea 3:3

Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

Hosea 1:4

Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 1:6

Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them.

Hosea 1:8-9

After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.

Hosea 11:7-8

My people are determined to turn from me. Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them. “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.

 

 

Hosea 1:2

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”

Hosea 2:12-13

I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot,” declares the Lord.

Hosea 2:23

I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”

Hosea 14:2-4

Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.” “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.

Hebrews 12:11-12

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

Romans 1:24-32

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Revelation 3:17

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.


 

Intensive Integrity…! – Daniel

Intensive Integrity…! – Daniel
Integrity has been defined as, “Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” What is the hardest thing you had to do because it was right?! It is when we are under pressure that the “real you” comes out!
I. Man of Integrity
• Name means “God is my Judge” Babylonian name means “Bel protects him”
• Deported to Babylon when he was 16
• Special service training (MBA) 3 years
• 9-12 chapters are about dreams
• One of a few who have no negative written about him
• Daniel defined integrity: faith, prayer, courage, consistency, no compromise
• “Speaker of the House” in Babylonian empire
• The book is “The Apocalypse of the Old Testament”
• The book is written in 2 languages: Hebrew (chap 1) Aramaic (Chap 2-7)
• Daniel was 82 when thrown in the lion’s den
II. Challenge for Integrity
• Choices in Chaos (chap 1)
• Nebuchadnezzar (the world) chooses the best
• Daniel (believers) choose the best
• God blesses good choices!
• Interpret the Impossible Dream (Chap 2)
• So bad, he forgot it – (Job 4:13-16)
• So mad, he wanted to kill because of it (Prov. 14:17)
• So good, miracles happened (1 Jn. 5:14-15)
• So thankful praise was automatic (Ps. 118:21)
• Stand when it isn’t popular (Chap 3-6)
• Against false gods (Josh. 24:15)
• Against arrogant rulers ((Ps. 2:10-12)
• Against impending disaster (Ps. 56:3)
• Against false accusations (1 Pet. 3:16)
III. Applications of Integrity
• 1 Chron. 29:17 – God, tests the heart and is pleased with integrity
• Neh. 7:2 – put in charge… because of integrity and he feared God
• Job 2:3 – maintains integrity, though tested to ruin without any reason
• Job 27:5 – till I die, I will not deny my integrity
• Ps. 7:8 – Vindicate me, Lord, according to my integrity
• Ps. 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness protect me
• Prov. 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them
• Isa. 59:4 – no one pleads a case with integrity
• 2 Cor. 1:12 – we have conducted ourselves with integrity and godly sincerity
• Titus 2:7 – set an example by doing good…show integrity, seriousness

Integrity has been defined as, “Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” What is the hardest thing you had to do because it was right?! It is when we are under pressure that the “real you” comes out!

  1. Man of Integrity
  • Name means “God is my Judge” Babylonian name means “Bel protects him”
  • Deported to Babylon when he was 16
  • Special service training (MBA) 3 years
  • 9-12 chapters are about dreams
  • One of a few who have no negative written about him
  • Daniel defined integrity: faith, prayer, courage, consistency, no compromise
  • “Speaker of the House” in Babylonian empire
  • The book is “The Apocalypse of the Old Testament”
  • The book is written in 2 languages: Hebrew (chap 1) Aramaic (Chap 2-7)
  • Daniel was 82 when thrown in the lion’s den
  1. Challenge for Integrity
  • Choices in Chaos (chap 1)
  • Nebuchadnezzar (the world) chooses the best
  • Daniel (believers) choose the best
  • God blesses good choices!
  • Interpret the Impossible Dream (Chap 2)
  • So bad, he forgot it – (Job 4:13-16)
  • So mad, he wanted to kill because of it (Prov. 14:17)
  • So good, miracles happened (1 Jn. 5:14-15)
  • So thankful praise was automatic (Ps. 118:21)
  • Stand when it isn’t popular (Chap 3-6)
  • Against false gods (Josh. 24:15)
  • Against arrogant rulers ((Ps. 2:10-12)
  • Against impending disaster (Ps. 56:3)
  • Against false accusations (1 Pet. 3:16)
  • Applications of Integrity
  • 1 Chron. 29:17 – God, tests the heart and is pleased with integrity
  • 7:2 – put in charge… because of integrity and he feared God
  • Job 2:3 – maintains integrity, though tested to ruin without any reason
  • Job 27:5 – till I die, I will not deny my integrity
  • 7:8 – Vindicate me, Lord, according to my integrity
  • 25:21 – May integrity and uprightness protect me
  • 11:3 – The integrity of the upright guides them
  • 59:4 – no one pleads a case with integrity
  • 2 Cor. 1:12 – we have conducted ourselves with integrity and godly sincerity

Titus 2:7 – set an example by doing good…show integrity, seriousness


 

God’s Message from Exile! – Ezekiel

God’s Message from Exile! – Ezekiel
Where is the most unlikely place you experienced God’s presence? (Bernie’s death last night)
“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps. 139:8-12) Ezekiel was far from his roots…in exile, in Babylon. So where was God…? There! Talking through him!

Where is the most unlikely place you experienced God’s presence? (Bernie’s death last night)

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps.  139:8-12) Ezekiel was far from his roots…in exile, in Babylon. So where was God…? There! Talking through him!

 

  1. Who He Was
  • Name means “God will strengthen, God makes hard
  • Started one place (Jerusalem) ended up in another (Babylon)(2 Kings 24:14-16)
  • Called to be a prophet when he was 30 (Ezek. 1:1-2)
  • Ministry lasted over 20 years
  • Was a prophet at the same time as Daniel and Jeremiah
  • A teacher building schools and teaching OT in Babylon
  • Recognized by Islam as a prophet
  • Advised Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to resist idol worship

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  1. What He Saw
  • Cherubim (Ezekiel 1, Revelation 4)
  • Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 20)
  • Eating the scroll (Ezekiel 3, Revelation 10)
  • River of Living Water (Ezekiel 47, Revelation 22)
  • The New Jerusalem (Ezekiel 40-48, Revelation 22)

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  • What He Did
  • unable to talk (Ezek. 3:26) – no warning for this rebellious people
  • lying on his left side for 390 days (Ezek. 4:4) – ruin of Jerusalem
  • Lying on his right for 40 days more (Ezek. 4:6) – ruin of Judah
  • Shaving his head (Ezek. 5:1-4) burned, cut by sword, scattered by wind
  • Packing a bag and pretending to go into exile (Ezek. 12:3) – exile coming
  • Not mourning for his dead wife (Ezek. 24:17) – severe grief in exile

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  1. What It Means Today
  • God moves us “like chess pieces” (Pat-ism) (Acts 16:6-7)
  • God calls at any age to serve Him (1 Cor. 7:17)
  • God redeems and restores regardless of condition (Joel 2:25 cf. 1 Pet. 1:7)
  • God uses the wicked to “mold” His children (Hab. 1:2-4 cf. 3:13)
  • Revival comes individually then as a nation (2 Chron. 7:14)
  • The driving theme of the book is “Yahweh is there” (Ps. 11:4-7)

Verses for Ezekiel – Gods Message from Exile

2 Kings 24:14-16

He carried all Jerusalem into exile: all the officers and fighting men, and all the skilled workers and artisans—a total of ten thousand. Only the poorest people of the land were left. Nebuchadnezzar took Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. He also took from Jerusalem to Babylon the king’s mother, his wives, his officials and the prominent people of the land. The king of Babylon also deported to Babylon the entire force of seven thousand fighting men, strong and fit for war, and a thousand skilled workers and artisans.

Ezekiel 1:1-2

In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—

Ezekiel 3:26

I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.

Ezekiel 4:4

“Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side.

Ezekiel 4:6

“After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.

Ezekiel 5:1-4

“Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair. When the days of your siege come to an end, burn a third of the hair inside the city. Take a third and strike it with the sword all around the city. And scatter a third to the wind. For I will pursue them with drawn sword. But take a few hairs and tuck them away in the folds of your garment. Again, take a few of these and throw them into the fire and burn them up. A fire will spread from there to all Israel.

Ezekiel 12:3

“Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious people.

Ezekiel 24:17

Groan quietly; do not mourn for the dead. Keep your turban fastened and your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache and beard or eat the customary food of mourners.”

Acts 16:6-7

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

Joel 2:25

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.

1 Peter 1:7

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Habakkuk 1:2-4

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

Habakkuk 3:13

You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness (Babylon), you stripped him from head to foot.

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Psalm 11:4-7

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face (anywhere).


 

Standing Alone! – Jeremiah

Standing Alone! – Jeremiah
What would you do if you were commanded to continually repeat truth to the community that no one would agree or change?! Imagine if this were all you were going to do for your entire life! How would you handle the: message, people, your attitude, rejection, persecution…?! This happened to Jeremiah!!!

What would you do if you were commanded to continually repeat truth to the community that no one would agree or change?! Imagine if this were all you were going to do for your entire life! How would you handle the: message, people, your attitude, rejection, persecution…?! This happened to Jeremiah!!!

  1. Background:
  • Final days of southern kingdom (Northern; ‘Israel’ already in captivity)
  • Judah is going into captivity by Babylon “my servant” (Jer. 27:6)
  • Judgment will be horrific (Jer. 16:3-4)
  • Nation made vows to the “queen of heaven” in the temple (Jer. 44:25)
  • Jeremiah served under: Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jeroiachin, Zedekiah
  • Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 586 BC
  • Jeremiah’s writings were rewritten (1st burned)(Jer. 36:27-28)

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  1. Personal:
  • Name means “Exalted of Jehovah”
  • Son of Hikiah (high priest) in the village Anathoth
  • 17-20 years old when God called Him
  • He resisted the call saying he was only a child (Jer. 1:6-9)
  • 1st assignment to bring courage and hope to exiles of Israel
  • “The weeping prophet”
  • God forbade marriage or children (Jer. 16:2)
  • Preached for 40 years with NO success
  • He doubted his success and God ( 15:16-18)
  • God’s response…repent and serve (Jer. 15:19)
  • He authored Jeremiah, Lamentations and Kings (tradition)
  • His family tried to kill him (Jer. 11:21-23)
  • He was beaten by a priest official from Jerusalem (Jer. 20:1-2)
  • False prophets prophesied peace opposing his message (Jer. 28:15-17)
  • He was thrown in a well after being accused of treason (Jer. 38:6)
  • He lived through the destruction of Jerusalem (Jer. 39:14)
  • He ended up in Egypt after the remnant rejected God’s prophecy (Jer. 44:14)

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  • Applications:
  • Believers experience rejection, depression, and discouragement (Gal. 5:17)
  • God is faithful even when we aren’t (2 Tim. 2:13)
  • God’s message causes anguish & being despise (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Tim. 4:3-5)
  • Relationship with God not religion survives crisis (Ps. 33:12)
  • God “fortifies” His children to stand against opposition (Jer. 1:18-19)
  • Like refuse silver, God refused false worship (Jer. 6:27-30)
  • Prayers for faithless/rebellious are futile; God will not listen (Jer. 11:14-17)
  • Sin mars worship like etching on a heart/horns of an altar (Jer. 17:1; Ex. 27:2)

Verses for Jeremiah – Standing Alone

Jeremiah 27:6

Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.

Jeremiah 16:3-4

For this is what the Lord says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers: “They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”

Jeremiah 44:25

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have done what you said you would do when you promised, ‘We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.’ “Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!

Jeremiah 36:27-28

After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up.

Jeremiah 1:6-9

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.

Jeremiah 16:2

“You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place.”

Jeremiah 15:16-18

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails.

Jeremiah 15:19

Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

Jeremiah 11:21-23

Therefore this is what the Lord says about the people of Anathoth who are threatening to kill you, saying, “Do not prophesy in the name of the Lord or you will die by our hands”— therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will punish them. Their young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters by famine. Not even a remnant will be left to them, because I will bring disaster on the people of Anathoth in the year of their punishment.”

 

Jeremiah 20:1-2

When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple.

Jeremiah 28:15-17

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’” In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

Jeremiah 38:6

So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

Jeremiah 39:14

sent and had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. They turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him back to his home. So he remained among his own people.

Jeremiah 44:14

None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives.”

Galatians 5:17

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

2 Timothy 2:13

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2 Timothy 4:3-5

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

Jeremiah 1:18-19

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

 

Jeremiah 6:27-30

“I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways. They are all hardened rebels, going about to slander. They are bronze and iron; they all act corruptly. The bellows blow fiercely to burn away the lead with fire, but the refining goes on in vain; the wicked are not purged out. They are called rejected silver, because the Lord has rejected them.”

Jeremiah 11:14-17

“Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. “What is my beloved doing in my temple as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice.” The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken. The Lord Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal.

Jeremiah 17:1

“Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.

Exodus 27:2

Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.