We finished Jerry’s AMAZINGRACE this week as we completed Jeremiah and Lamentations.
You can watch the lesson by clicking on the Messages page. (See above.)
The VIMEO includes the latest installment of the AMAZINGRACE 2014 with Lauran and myself. It comes at the very end of the lesson. I have been asked who the guys are in our videos. So far, they have been husbands of MM members. In the first one, Jeremiah/Jerry was Dwight Helms, Lauran’s husband. This week, Jesus was Adam Hawks, high school pastor at Sugar Land Methodist, and husband of Sara Hawks. Ezekiel/Zeke was played by Zeke Listenbee, husband of Cintia Listenbee. Zeke is a worship pastor at Houston’s Braeswood Assembly of God and he is a jazz pianist. He will be doing the special music for our Valentine lesson (Feb. 11 & 12)!
Back to Jeremiah…his book ended with judgment being proclaimed on the many nations surrounding Israel and Judah who had not supported them (chapters 46-49). These nations also fell to the Babylonians just as Jeremiah and Isaiah had prophesied.
In chapters 50-51, Jerry prophesied against Babylon and these came to pass 65 years later when the Babylonians fell to the Medo-Persian Empire.
In the final chapter Jeremiah is describing the fall of Jerusalem as the Babylonians conquer, capture and burn the Holy City and the Temple. This also had been prophesied by Jeremiah and Isaiah throughout their lives, but the people refused to listen and repent. God always keeps His word. There are consequences to sin and if we do not repent and obey, there is judgment. This is true not only in the lives of nations but in the lives of individuals. You can count on it. We need to wake up as a nation and as the people of God today.
Lamentations is also written by Jerry. He writes this 5 song book as he is weeping and watching his nation die. In the midst of his sorrow, we see his whole mindset change from despair to hope: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him” (Lam. 3:22-25).
Today is a new day, a fresh start. Do you need to renew your mind? Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
God bless you,
“My only aim is to finish the [AMAZING] race and complete the task given me by the Lord Jesus–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
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