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Isaiah 51: The Lord Comforts Zion

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Look to Abraham! Israel and Judah sinned and did not repent, so they were delivered to destruction. But a remnant, this is , a small group of people, would survive in Babylonian captivity and return to their land. Once delivered from Persian rule, the Jews would rebuild their nation.

This seemed impossible in the eyes of man, so the Most High used the example of Abraham to awaken their faith.

When the patriarch was chosen, he was only one (Ezek. 33.24). Also, it was impossible for him to beget a nation because Sarah, his wife, was barren. the modest beginning of this couple, who conceived their son in old age (Abraham was a hundred years old and Sarah was ninety), and their persevering obedience made them both a reference for all generations. Abraham and Sarah did not become parents to Israel alone, but to all those who believe in the Word of God (Rom. 4.16-22). Imitation their faith and trust in times of adversity generates vigor and testament forever.

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Jeremiah 21: Jerusalem’s Doom Is Sealed

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God against His people. King Zedekiah, in the face of imminent Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem, expected the Most High to help him defeat his enemies.

Well, the people of Judah did the opposite of God’s will and now they wanted His protection and help.

“Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works.”

This was the king’s desire, but he and the people were more concerned about being delivered from their why they received a big “No” for an answer and also heard from the prophet that the most High would fight against them with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath!

The indignation of the Lord against Judah was so deep that He called Nebuchadnezzar “My servant” to complete that mission (25:9). It is foolish to disobey the Most High, for those who oppose Him become His enemy, and this means having no chance to prevail (Isa. 42.13).

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Zechariah 3: Vision of the High Priest

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In the fourth vision, the interpreter angel shows him a courtroom: the high priest Joshua represents the nation of Israel, who is the defendant; the Angel of the Lord is the defense Lawyer; Satan, to the right of the defendant, is the accuser of his sins (represented by filthy garments); and the Lord is the Righteous Judge. The unclean garments of the priest represented the rebellion of Israel.

After listening to the defense Lawyer intercede on this behalf and considering the promises made to Abraham, the Righteous Judge decided to forgive Israel and rebuke Satan.

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Jeremiah 20: The Word of God to Pashhur

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Pashhur was a common name at the time and also a title indicating a high position inside of the Temple. The son of the priest immer had this title, which meant that he was a descendant of an important lineage of priests from the time of David (1 Chron. 24.14).

Pashhur used his authority to order the guards of the silence to prophet by condemning him hastily, for he was denouncing the sins of the religious leaders.

Jeremiah was arrested, beaten, and put on the stocks to be tortured, but he remained steadfast.

So not even all the suffering, injustices, and mistreatments were able to make the prophet’s faithfulness and zeal diminish.

On the contrary, he was courageous to raise his voice and say that everyone was on their way to destruction. As for the unrighteous Pashhur, he attracted the wrath of God. In addition to going into captivity, he, his family, and friends were violently killed (v.4).

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