Posted on May 24, 2019 | 2 comments

The Haftarah this week is Jeremiah 32:6-27. For those of you just beginning this walk, the Haftarah refers to an additional portion from the Nevi’im (Prophets) read after the weekly Torah portion. There are 3 parts that are read by believers in Yeshua (Jesus) on Sabbath, the Torah, the Haftarah and the Renewed Covenant (NT). As I read thru the Parsha (weekly Scripture portion) for this week, Jeremiah really spoke to me and I’d like to share few thoughts concerning something it said.

Jeremiah is probably one of my favorite books … because it speaks to me personally. Not to say that the rest of the bible doesn’t, it’s just that Jeremiah spoke to me in a time in my life when I really needed to learn a few things. One of them was ‘who am I’? The question loomed in my life as I turned 30 because my heart cried out that there just HAD to be more than what I was finding at my local Catholic church and what I had been taught. Surely there had to be more! And little did I know that by asking that question with a pure and sincere heart, that he would set people and circumstances in front of me to lead me into more revelation of who he was! It set my foot on a path, that while  filled with potholes and ruts, became a well-traveled friendly road.

As my life changed from a nominal Christian to a full-fledged wannaknowitallrightnow newly ‘saved’ believer (long story) I read the bible all the way through for the first time ever. The impact of reading those words for myself still ring in my ears to this day. Jeremiah answered so many questions that the New Testament produced in my life. One of those major questions was ‘who was Israel’ and ‘why did it matter’? Well, after reading the book in context – from the beginning to the end – one realizes that the entire book is about Israel! And how much the Holy One of Israel, loved Israel. After realizing that ‘it’s not all about me but Israel’, then you can put a few other scriptures in context – such as Romans 9:3-5, Ephesians 2:12, John 4:22, Jeremiah 31:3, Jeremiah 31:9, Isaiah 46:14, John 14:21, Isaiah 2:3 and so many more! And Jeremiah ties it all together in my humble opinion:

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31:31).

Think on that … a NEW COVENANT .. but only with the house of Israel AND the house of Judah. My initial question back in the 80’s was….‘who is he talking about’? Well, after careful study I learned that there were 2 houses, one in the north and one in the south (kinda sounds like the USA in the beginning doesn’t it?) which were divided and had some real family feuds going on. The northern house was captured first, scattered and assimilated among the nations (read IKings) yet the house of Judah remained intact even though they too were captured and sent to Babylon. However, even during Yeshua’s time, it was well-known that there were still 12 tribes! Everything Yeshua accomplished was to reunite the House of Israel as one new man, and to teach mankind how to walk in his Father’s laws.

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).

So to bring it all together and to keep this short, let’s go back to verse 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.  If we are believers in the Holy One of Israel YHWH (God, Father, Elohim), then we must also believe that it was he that made the entire cosmos…..nothing is too hard for him. Then….he confirms it himself:

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?

So, today, as you go through the details of living life, moaning and groaning or smiling and full of joy, remember, the creator of your life is there for you, nothing is too hard for him. Trust in that and keep going forward!

~Pam~

 

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2 Comments

  1. 5-26-2019

    Excellent–

  2. 5-31-2019

    thanks…needed to hear this today
    bless you
    sandy

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