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36 Bible Book Number 24—Jeremiah *** This inspired prophecy is altogether upbuilding and beneficial. Look at the courageous example of the prophet himself. He was fearless in proclaiming an unpopular message to a godless people. He spurned fellowship with the wicked. He appreciated the urgency of Jehovah‟s message, giving himself wholeheartedly to Jehovah‟s work and never quitting. He found God‟s word to be like a fire in his bones, and it was the exultation and rejoicing of his heart. (Jer. 15:16-20; 20:8-13) May we ever be as zealous for the word of Jehovah! May we also give loyal support to God‟s servants, as Baruch did to Jeremiah. The sincere obedience of the Rechabites is also a splendid example to us, and so is Ebedmelech‟s kindly consideration for the persecuted prophet.—36:8-19, 32; 35:1-19; 38:7-13; 39:15-18. 2. *** w05 12/15 pp. 23-24 par. 18 Whom Do You Obey—God or Men? *** God told the prophet Jeremiah: “I am with you to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:8) How might Jehovah deliver us from persecution today? He might raise up a fair-minded judge like Gamaliel. Or he may see to it that a corrupt or antagonistic official is unexpectedly replaced by a more reasonable one. At times, though, Jehovah may permit the persecution of his people to run its course. (2 Timothy 3:12) If God allows us to be persecuted, he will always give us the strength to endure persecution. (1 Corinthians 10:13) And no matter what God permits, we have no doubt as to the final outcome: Those who fight against God‟s people are fighting against God, and fighters against God will not prevail. 3. *** w05 11/1 p. 24 par. 12 Will You Walk With God? ***
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Since late in the 19th century, Christ‟s anointed followers have applied the counsel of Jeremiah 6:16 to themselves. As a class, they have led the way in a wholehearted return to “the roadways of long ago.” Unlike apostate Christendom, they have faithfully adhered to “the pattern of healthful words” that was established by Jesus Christ and upheld by his faithful followers back in the first century C.E. (2 Timothy 1:13) To this day, the anointed help one another as well as their “other sheep” companions to pursue the healthful, happy way of life that Christendom has abandoned.—John 10:16. 4. *** w10 6/1 pp. 22-23 Balsam of Gilead—The Balm That Heals *** Balsam for a Sick Nation

the nation continued in their wayward course. he promised afflicted ones that their situation would be changed: “Happy are you who weep now. war. But it was not left unanswered. (Matthew 24:12. because you will laugh. famine.‟ In our day. Throughout his ministry. “I danced around the kitchen at the thought of what I was learning. . the same question was on the minds of humble ones.” (Luke 6:21) By announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God—a message of hope—Jesus „bound up the brokenhearted. today‟s world is full of “wounds and bruises and fresh stripes.—Luke 4:16-21. thanks to a marvelous hope—that of the resurrection and the end of all pain and sickness. the prophet Isaiah gave a vivid description of their deplorable spiritual state: “From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no sound spot in it.. “Is there no balsam in Gilead”? To understand that. and what wisdom do they have?” If only they had returned to Jehovah. In the synagogue in Nazareth at the beginning of the year 30 C. adds. the case of Roger and Liliane. Wounds and bruises and fresh stripes—they have not been squeezed out or bound up. (Matthew 4:17) In the Sermon on the Mount.Why. In January 1961 they first learned about God‟s promise of everlasting life. selfishness. Jeremiah could only lament: “They have rejected the very word of Jehovah. 2 Timothy 3:1-5) Many feel rejected on account of their race. Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah. did Jeremiah raise the question.” recalls Liliane. and it was like soothing balsam to them. By his time. ethnic background. all because love of God and neighbor has cooled off.” (Isaiah 1:6) Rather than recognizing their pitiable condition and seeking a cure. sickness. injustice. Earlier. 9:35) Take. or age. The Good News That Heals In Jesus‟ day. saying: “Jehovah has anointed me to tell good news to the meek ones. then. (Matthew 6:10. In many ways. “Is there no balsam in Gilead?” What a thought-provoking question!—Jeremiah 8:9. presenting himself as the Messiah with the commission of making known a message of comfort. “the good news of the kingdom” remains just as comforting. the joy of living. and a lack of kindness. I was so happy. and death add to their pain. Jesus zealously preached the good news of the Kingdom of God.E.” People are suffering from poverty. who at that time had been partially paralyzed for ten years. we have to look at the nation of Israel back then. On top of that.”—Revelation 21:4. for example. Like Jeremiah. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. Roger. many sincere believers wonder if there is no “balsam in Gilead” with which to bind up the emotional and spiritual wounds of those who are suffering. he would have healed them. “I found great joy.” (Isaiah 61:1) Jesus then applied those words to himself.

That sinner may still face certain consequences. responding to the change of heart he observes.” (Psalm 147:3) Their hope comforted them. 5. The time is fast approaching when Jehovah God will bring about “the curing of the nations. . Millions of people have already done so. yet God is pleased with his change of heart. 151 “Was Not That a Case of Knowing Me?” *** [Box on page 151] HOW DOES JEHOVAH “FEEL REGRET”? The greatness of God‟s forgiveness comes into focus in his treatment of those who practiced sin but who later have a change of heart. that otherwise might be due. today there still exists spiritual balsam. 26:3) In what way? God is perfect and never errs in judgment. The comfort and hope provided by the good news of the Kingdom is able to bind up broken hearts. 26:13) What human judge is inclined to recognize true repentance in this way? Jehovah takes delight in doing so. God can show the repentant person the loving attention enjoyed by those having His approval. Jehovah‟s feelings change toward repentant sinners. *** jr chap. This is not just a cold rescinding of a sentence. 9:24. They personally felt that Jehovah “is healing the brokenhearted ones. The healing by this balsam provides a foregleam of greater relief that is still to come. 12 p. there still is “balsam in Gilead”!—Revelation 22:2. This may indicate that when Jehovah sees genuine remorse in a human heart.In 1970 they suffered the loss of their 11-year-old son in death. But they did not sink into despair.‟” Yes. 18:8. and is binding up their painful spots.” (Jer. the origin of the Hebrew verb translated “feel regret” in the verses cited above is thought to reflect the idea of “breathing deeply. For nearly 50 years now. he comes to “feel regret. as with a sigh of relief. Isaiah 33:24. so it is not that he feels regret in the way that a human does when he has completely misjudged a matter. At that time. Jehovah feels regret by adjusting his dealings.” or divine discipline. the good news of God‟s incoming Kingdom has brought them peace and contentment. figuratively he breathes deeply.” maybe with a sigh.” with everlasting life in view. (Jer. Would you like to experience such healing? All you need to do is open your heart wide to the comforting message from God‟s Word and allow it to fill your life. He softens “the calamity. A Healing Yet to Come So is there “balsam in Gilead” today? Yes. Rather.— Jer. “no resident will say: „I am sick. When he observes that they turn their lives around and obey him. According to some scholars.

God provided judges to rescue them from their enemies and to bring them back to true worship. God “fooled” his prophet in a positive. that by himself he could no longer fulfill his God-given assignment. *** jr chap. 12 pp. 142-145 “Was Not That a Case of Knowing Me?” *** “TO TIME INDEFINITE IS HIS LOVING-KINDNESS!” The facet of God‟s personality known as loving-kindness. His main reason for acting in such a selfless manner is his desire to please Almighty God. 8 “You Must Say to Them This Word” *** 8 Jehovah had definitely not tricked or deceived Jeremiah by using some crafty. The best way to grasp the essence of the Biblical expression “lovingkindness” is by studying how God treated his true worshippers down through the ages. beneficial sense. those foreign armies bringing the destruction were viewed as „sanctified.‟ in the sense that they were „set apart‟ by Jehovah for the execution of his righteous judgments.6. especially their spiritual needs. Jehovah exercised a persuasive force so that Jeremiah was fooled. With deep concern. steadfastness. That dictionary goes on to say: “Any understanding of the word that fails to suggest all three inevitably loses some of its richness. God proved stronger than the prophet‟s weaknesses. the Hebrew term involved describes the interaction of strength. When this man of God thought that he had reached his limit and could not keep going. (Jer 22:6-9. underhanded scheme against him. 1166-1167 War *** When it was necessary to punish unfaithful Israel. 36 par. 7. someone showing loving-kindness is more than a nice person. he tries to help others satisfy their needs. and love. Jehovah protected and fed the Israelites while they spent 40 years in the wilderness. Jeremiah was able to continue to preach. with the Almighty‟s support and help. Even in the face of apathy. and violence. Because Jehovah stuck with them through good times and bad during all those centuries. proving far stronger than Jeremiah and his human inclinations. rejection. Rather. you might say that Jehovah overpowered him. Jeremiah felt that the opposition was too great. Hence. *** it-2 pp. 8. In the Promised Land.”—Isa 13:1-3. he could tell the 9 8 . as it were. *** jr chap. 3 p. or loyal love. as best he can. According to one Bible dictionary. those military forces (principally the Medes and Persians) who brought destruction on Babylon were spoken of by Jehovah as “my sanctified ones. defies concise definition in many languages.” Thus. But fulfill it he did. Hab 1:6) Similarly.

. he does not lose patience with us. The sealed deed served as a backup to verify the accuracy of the open one if needed. they might experience a long exile and death in a foreign land. That is why I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”—Jer. did not keep Jehovah from hearing their requests for his favor and their expressions of praise. 2 Highlights From the Book of Jeremiah *** 31:33—How is God’s law written in hearts? When a person loves God‟s law so much that he has a fervent desire to do Jehovah‟s will. As the fall of Jerusalem approached and the city‟s inhabitants continued their rebellion. 31:3. as found at Jeremiah 29:10-12. 11 10 9. He would bring them “back to this place. 11 par. We see another evidence of Jehovah‟s loving-kindness in his positive outlook. He promised to „turn his attention‟ to them. think of the comfort the Jews felt when they heard God‟s words. it can be said that God‟s law is written in his heart. Consider the matter of prayer. *** *** w07 3/15 p. for Jehovah is good. but he pays special attention when his dedicated servants pray to him. held out a positive “good word” for those who repented and changed their lives. They were over 500 miles [800 km] away from the temple. Bearing in mind your sincere prayers. from faraway Babylon. 3 Highlights From the Book of Jeremiah 32:10-15—What was the purpose of making two deeds of the same transaction? The deed left open was for consultation. 11. which amounted to a rebellion against God. God continues to show loving-kindness in ways that directly benefit his worshippers. nor does he tire of hearing our prayers.—Read. far from family and friends in Judah. Jehovah takes note of all sincere prayers. Jehovah. 10. 27:22) As a result. what did the future hold for them? Perhaps death from famine or a Babylonian sword? At best. 11 par. 33:10. *** w07 3/15 p. however. (Jer. By following reasonable legal procedures even when dealing with a relative and fellow believer.” their homeland. however. Once. Their being far from the temple.nation: “With a love to time indefinite I have loved you. Jeremiah set an example for us. they would cry out: “Laud Jehovah of armies. Jehovah had Jeremiah send a message to a group of Jews already captive in Babylon. for to time indefinite is his loving-kindness!”—Jer. In our day. Even if for years we keep praying about the same chronic problems.

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