Jeremiah is a towering figure in the Old Testament at the time of the 7th and 6th centuries BC.
In many ways, he is the nearest a man can get to chasing after God’s own heart.
A phrase commonly associated with King David.
But without his particular “weaknesses.”
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Genesis (17), 21-35 (Hebrews 11)
Isaac, the miracle son of Abraham and Sarah was named after the seeming joke, that God would provide them a son in their exceedingly old age!
So the OAP’s laughed. But when Isaac was born, he became the living embodiment of this great divine joke-promise.
I’ve not really got on that well with Isaac.
Between you and me, I’ve always found him a bit boring.
And he seems to like digging wells.
References to digging wells and drinking water litter Isaac’s story.
And this might tell us something else of his character.
Judges 4 & 5 (1 Sam 12:11 & Heb 11:32)
The story of Barak is intertwined with Deborah, the incredible Judge and Prophetess of pre-Monarchy Israel.
When Hebrews 11:32 names Barak, the author is recalling Judges 4 & 5.
The Book of Judges operates in repeating cycles:
- The people forget God
- The people fall into the sin of idolatry
- Their regional enemies oppress and enslave them
- They cry out to God for help and he sends a judge, a saviour.