Daily Lectionary: Jeremiah 11:1-23; Matthew 24:1-28
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Jeremiah11:1-2)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What the Lord speaks, the prophet speaks. What the Lord delivers to His people, the prophet delivers to God’s people. What the Lord proclaims, the prophet proclaims. That’s the pattern for God’s prophets in the Old Testament and for His disciples and apostles in the New Testament. God speaks His Word. They hear and receive His Word. And they preach and proclaim His Word to the people.
The same is true for us. The Lord speaks to us—not in how we think, feel, think, or act—but in His Word, the same Word that came to Jeremiah and Israel to declare the covenant with them. The same Word that condemned their sin (and ours) and saved them from their sin (and ours). The same Word that came to Jeremiah was made flesh for us in the person of Jesus.
And this is of everlasting comfort for us. Our Lord doesn’t leave us wondering what He says or thinks about our sin and salvation. He calls it what it is, in His Word. The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. God doesn’t leave our assurance of salvation—or the holiness of our Christian life—to uncertainty, either. He boldly declares that you are saved in water, Word, bread and wine by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And even your good works are His Gift for you to walk in. It’s all there for you, in God’s Word!
Your life, like Jeremiah’s life, is daily and eternally found in Jesus’ Word, the Word made flesh for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Samuel Schuldheisz
God has spoken by His prophets, Spoken His unchanging word; Each from age to age proclaiming God, the one, the righteous Lord. In the world’s despair and turmoil, One firm anchor holds us fast; God is king, His throne eternal; God the first, and God the last. (God Has Spoken by His Prophets, LSB 583:1