Jeremiah 45-46/Mark 1-2
Who’s servant are you?
OT – 45:3-5 You have said, `I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the LORD has added more! I am weary of my own sighing and can find no rest.’
“Baruch, this is what the LORD says: I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted. Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! But don’t be discouraged. I will bring great disaster upon all these people, but I will protect you wherever you go. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
OT Flash Point:
God’s servant will be protected even while his nation is destroyed
NT – 2:15-17 That night Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to be his dinner guests, along with his fellow tax collectors and many other notorious sinners. (There were many people of this kind among the crowds that followed Jesus.) But when some of the teachers of religious law who were Phariseessaw him eating with people like that, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
NT Flash Point:
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough.”
God’s servants do not fit into society
They are different – connected with God’s agenda
Not their own
Therefore, they can speak directly and affirm accurately
Agents of Light and value
think: – What kind of servant are you?
Bond slave – your own life crucified?
Personal slave – your will broken?
Walking in the Light – Simplicity