Saturday: Psalms 139-140 & Jeremiah 28.1-17

From Jason Hood

Psalm 139: We often treat God’s attributes in an abstract, philosophical fashion without considering how they relate to us; and we place them in separate categories and fail to see how they relate to one another. Thankfully, the Bible isn’t a philosophy textbook. In this Psalm David ponders God’s omnipresence and omnipotence, showing how they relate to one another and to the believer who currently enjoys God’s presence regardless of circumstances and is comforted and challenged by God’s comprehensive knowledge of our yesterdays and tomorrows. He also uses God’s power and knowledge as a reason to turn to God (vs 19-24) with the rebellion of others and with the sins in his own heart.

Psalm 140: As the Psalmist calls out for mercy and protection, he enjoins God to fight for him and serve as his protection. The goal of all this is not just protection but that the righteous and upright will be able to express their confidence in YHWH (vs 12) and that he will be famous as his people praise him and live in his presence.

Jeremiah 28.1-17: This passage should remind us of the recent sermon on “a prophet like me” (Deut 18), and the consequences of speaking a word from God. Jeremiah puts Moses’ words to work, insisting that the prophecy of “peace” for Jerusalem and near-term return from Babylon will only apply if the prophet is true. Hannaniah dies as judgment for prophesying falsely, giving room for Jeremiah’s challenging but beautiful prophecy to seek Babylon’s welfare (shalom) in chapter 29, trusting in God’s promises of a more-distant restoration.