Jeremiah and Lamentations: From Sorrow to Hope

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The “Weeping Prophet,” the rabbis said, began wailing the moment he was born. Jeremiah had reason to weep—he witnessed the devastating consequences of life without God.

Sadly, the relativism Jeremiah saw in ancient Israel predominates in America today. That’s why his words are so relevant for our lives. Better than anyone else, Jeremiah exemplifies—through his courage, passion, even his sufferings—how believers can live for God in a society ...

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Overview

The “Weeping Prophet,” the rabbis said, began wailing the moment he was born. Jeremiah had reason to weep—he witnessed the devastating consequences of life without God.

Sadly, the relativism Jeremiah saw in ancient Israel predominates in America today. That’s why his words are so relevant for our lives. Better than anyone else, Jeremiah exemplifies—through his courage, passion, even his sufferings—how believers can live for God in a society that has turned against Him.

While the book of Jeremiah shared the last, desperate days of the Jerusalem he loved, Lamentations expresses the cries of his heart. Yet they reveal more than the prophet’s grief—they are an attempt to reflect on the meaning of human suffering. Lamentations gives voice to the deepest agonies, with the hope that some comfort may come from crying out to God for mercy. Together the two books illustrate the eternal principle that man reaps what he sows.

It is a lesson the world—and the church—needs to learn. With the heart of a pastor and the knowledge of a scholar, Philip Graham Ryken applies these words of life to us today. His commentary will not only help you understand and teach from these spiritually relevant books, but also it will inspire you with the courage and passion of God’s personal call for you to live in these times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433535512
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Series: Preaching the Word Series
  • Edition description: Redesign
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 749,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, University of Oxford) is the 8th president of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited over 30 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

A Word to Those Who Preach the Word 13

Preface 15

Jeremiah

1 A Prophet to the Nations 19

(Jeremiah 1:1-10)

2 When the Almond Tree Blossoms 29

(Jeremiah 1:11-19)

3 God Files for Divorce 37

(Jeremiah 2:1-37)

4 The Way Back Home 51

(Jeremiah 3:1-18)

5 True Repentance 63

(Jeremiah 3:19-4:4)

6 Lament for a City 73

(Jeremiah 4:5-31)

7 A Good Man Is Hard to Find 85

(Jeremiah 5:1-19)

8 What Will You Do in the End? 95

(Jeremiah 5:20-6:15)

9 At the Crossroads 107

(Jeremiah 6:16-30)

10 What the Church Needs Now Is Reformation! 119

(Jeremiah 7:1-15)

11 The Family That Worships Together 129

(Jeremiah 7:16-29)

12 The Valley of Slaughter 139

(Jeremiah 7:30-8:3)

13 Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth 149

(Jeremiah 8:4-17)

14 There Is a Balm in Gilead 161

(Jeremiah 8:18-9:11)

15 Something to Boast About 171

(Jeremiah 9:12-24)

16 The Scarecrow in the Melon Patch 183

(Jeremiah 9:25-10:16)

17 This Is (Not) Your Life 193

(Jeremiah 10:17-25)

18 Amen, Lord! 203

(Jeremiah 11:1-17)

19 How Can You Run with Horses? 213

(Jeremiah 11:18-12:6)

20 Paradise Regained 223

(Jeremiah 12:7-17)

21 Corruptio Optimi Pessima 233

(Jeremiah 13:1-27)

22 For God's Sake, Do Something! 243

(Jeremiah 14:1-22)

23 When God Lets You Down 253

(Jeremiah 15:1-21)

24 Jeremiah, the Pariah 263

(Jeremiah 16:1-17:4)

25 Like a Tree 273

(Jeremiah 17:5-18)

26 Keep the Lord's Day Holy 283

(Jeremiah 17:19-27)

27 In the Potter's Hands 293

(Jeremiah 18:1-23)

28 Vessels of Wrath 303

(Jeremiah 19:1-15)

29 Dark Night of the Soul 313

(Jeremiah 20:1-18)

30 No King but Christ 323

(Jeremiah 21:1-22:30)

31 Music for the Messiah 335

(Jeremiah 23:1-8)

32 I Had a Dream! 345

(Jeremiah 23:9-40)

33 Two Baskets of Figs 357

(Jeremiah 24:1-25:14)

34 "Take from My Hand This Cup" 367

(Jeremiah 25:15-38)

35 Delivered from Death 377

(Jeremiah 26:1-24)

36 Under the Yoke 387

(Jeremiah 27:1-22)

37 A Yoke of Iron 397

(Jeremiah 28:1-17)

38 Seek the Welfare of the City 407

(Jeremiah 29:1-9, 24-32)

39 The Best-laid Plans 419

(Jeremiah 29:10-23)

40 "And Ransom Captive Israel" 429

(Jeremiah 30:1-17)

41 Messiah in the City 441

(Jeremiah 30:18-31:6)

42 Rachel, Dry Your Tears 453

(Jeremiah 31:7-26)

43 The New Covenant 465

(Jeremiah 31:27-40)

44 Buyer's Market 477

(Jeremiah 32:1-25)

45 Is Anything Too Hard for God? 487

(Jeremiah 32:26-44)

46 "Pardon for Sin and a Peace That Endureth" 497

(Jeremiah 33:1-9)

47 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks 505

(Jeremiah 33:10-16)

48 God Never Fails 515

(Jeremiah 33:17-26)

49 The Emancipation Revocation 525

(Jeremiah 34:1-22)

50 Promise Keepers 535

(Jeremiah 35:1-19)

51 Book Burning 547

(Jeremiah 36:1-32)

52 Benedict Jeremiah? 559

(Jeremiah 37:1-21)

53 In and Out of the Cistern 569

(Jeremiah 38:1-13)

54 A Private Audience 579

(Jeremiah 38:14-28)

55 Brands from the Burning 591

(Jeremiah 39:1-18)

56 A Remnant Chosen by Grace 601

(Jeremiah 40:1-41:15)

57 A Fatal Mistake 613

(Jeremiah 41:16-43:13)

58 The King or the Queen? 623

(Jeremiah 44:1-30)

59 Attempt Small Things for God 635

(Jeremiah 45:1-5)

60 God of All Nations 645

(Jeremiah 46:1-47:7)

61 The Pride of Life 659

(Jeremiah 48:1-47)

62 Most High over All the Earth 673

(Jeremiah 49:1-39)

63 "Full Atonement! Can It Be?" 687

(Jeremiah 50:1-46)

64 "Fallen! Fallen Is Babylon the Great!" 703

(Jeremiah 51:1-64)

65 "How Deserted Lies the City" 721

(Jeremiah 52:1-34)

Lamentations

66 Five Laments: An Epilogue 737

(Lamentations 1-5)

Notes 769

Scripture Index 793

General Index 807

Index of Sermon Illustrations 821

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