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Jeremiah 31:7 14

Jeremiah 31:7 14

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Published by Joseph Winston
Text Study for the Second Sunday After Chrismass Year C.
Text Study for the Second Sunday After Chrismass Year C.

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Jeremiah 31:7-14
Followers of Christ traditionally read the prophecies found here as speaking of Jesus. These are words of comfort. They are times when the way of the worldis dramatically changed. A new father is coming and unlike what is required byRoman Law (Table IV) that all the deformed children must die this one saves eventhe malformed. Rather than throwing the people to the four corners of the earth,this one brings the people all together. Instead of hunger there will be plenty.Jeremiah 31:7
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob
– A new day is coming that isso surprising that it can only be expressed in song.
Save, O
L
ORD
 , your people
– Call to the L
ORD
. Remind Him what He does.Jeremiah 31:8
gather them from the farthest parts of the earth
– the L
ORD
willgo over the entire world to find His people.
among them the blind and the lame
– Unlike the other powers that rule theworld that only see the deformed as a liability, this L
ORD
saves what othersbelieve are worthless.
those with child and those in labour 
– The woman and child, traditionallyon the bottom of society’s latter, will be redeemed by the L
ORD
.
they shall return here
– The people will come home.Jeremiah 31:9
With weeping they shall come
– These are not tears of fear but joy.
 I will let them walk by brooks of water 
– This is not a death march. TheL
ORD
will provide for everyone.
 I have become a father to Israel
– This one adopts all of Israel withoutquestion, covering their debts.Jeremiah 31:10
Hear the word of the
L
ORD
 , O nations
– This message is for therest of the word.
 He who scattered Israel will gather him
– See that the one who put Israelinto captivity will bring Israel home again.Jeremiah 31:11
For the
L
ORD
has ransomed Jacob
– Even the trickster, the onewho wrestled with God will will saved.1
 
Jeremiah 31:12
they shall be radiant over the goodness of the
L
ORD
– You cansee it on their faces. Their lives have changed dramatically for the better.Jeremiah 31:13
the young women rejoice in the dance
– Once again there will belife in Israel.
 Iwillturntheirmourningintojoy
Nothingisoutsideofthe L
ORD
’spower.Even the deepest pain will be changed into unimaginable happiness.Jeremiah 31:14
my people shall be satisfied with my bounty
– No one in Israelwill go to bed hungry
Psalm 147:12-20
This portion of Psalm 147 describes some of the L
ORD
’s attributes. He bringspeace. He fills the hungry. He causes the seasons. These blessings belong exclu-sively to Israel.Psalm 147:12
Praise the
L
ORD
 , O Jerusalem
– This section begins and ends withthe command to lift up the name of the L
ORD
because He does marvelousthings.Psalm 147:13
he strengthens the bars of your gates
– The L
ORD
defends Israelfrom her enemies.Psalm 147:14
he fills you with the finest of wheat 
– The people of Israel areblessed with the best food in the entire world.Psalm 147:15
He sends out his command to the earth
– Every nation follows theL
ORD
’s orders.Psalm 147:16
He gives snow like wool
– Even the weather follows the L
ORD
’scommands.Psalm 147:17Psalm 147:18Psalm 147:19
He declares his word to Jacob
– The entire people of Israel knowwhat is expected of them.Psalm 147:20
He has not dealt thus with any other nation
– These blessings areonly for Israel.2
 
Ephesians 1:3-14
The author reminds followers of Christ that they have been given gifts. This in-cludes being selected by Jesus for adoption and the forgiveness of sin.Ephesians 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hasblessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
The author, currently not considered to the the apostle Paul, is closing outthe introduction and moving into the prologue. This section will deal withthe different blessings that the Christian can expect.Theuseof 
πνευατικός
isinterestingsincetheauthorisnotaGreekphiloso-pher but instead a Jew. Perhaps this refers to gifts that cannot be seen butonly experienced.Ephesians 1:4
just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world tobe holy and blameless before him in love
– The first gift was that before ourexistence, God the Father, selected those who would be saved. This requiresthat we live just like the Father and the Son.Ephesians 1:5
adoption as his children through Jesus Christ 
– Even though theFather selected the followers, the transfer of ownership from humanity tothe family of God happens because of the work of Jesus.Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of his glorious grace
– The lives of believers shouldclearly illuminate Jesus.Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood 
– In the author’smind, salvation comes through the death of the Son.Ephesians 1:8
he lavished on us
– No one in the world deserves what Jesus gives.Ephesians 1:9
he has made known to us the mystery of his will
– The revelationdoes not explain the mystery.Ephesians 1:10
as a plan for the fullness of time
– History can be used in additionto the Bible for theology, because history was created for the Gospel and theGospel was revealed in history.
to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
– Ev-erything is the L
ORD
.3

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