Jeremiah 49-50/Mark 5-6
Why did God make the world?
OT – 49:1 This message was given concerning the Ammonites.
This is what the LORD says: “What are you doing? Are there no descendants of Israel to inherit the land of Gad? Why are you, who worship Molech, living in its towns?
49:7-8 This message was given concerning Edom.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Where are all the wise men of Teman? Is there no one left to give wise counsel? Turn and flee! Hide in deep caves, you people of Dedan! For when I bring disaster on Edom,I will punish you, too!
49:23 This message was given concerning Damascus.
This is what the LORD says: “The towns of Hamath and Arpad are struck with fear, for they have heard the news of their destruction. Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm.
OT Flash Points: All the peoples, nations belong to the Lord
He has the authority to judge & punish
His chosen people Israel are set apart to reveal Him to the world
These different nations are “set apart” for wrath
NT – 5:22-25 A leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, came and fell down before him, pleading with him to heal his little daughter. “She is about to die,” he said in desperation. “Please come and place your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”
Jesus went with him, and the crowd thronged behind. And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years.
NT Flash Points: The revelation of the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the universe –
In a Man – Jesus
On His way toward the completion of the mission He is confronted by a flood of disease, infestation of demons, sorrow & death
He waved it all away as if it was a fly or a piece of lint
He extracted disease & demons like they were a splinter in a daughter’s hand
Perspective: The glory of God is to act out, show Himself in mortal flesh and in the tangible flesh and blood world.
That’s why He made this world.