We Are No Different than the Israel of Jeremiah’s Day

Israel had tried to domesticate God.  God may sometimes have “issues” with us, but the threat of his wrath was not even on the radar.  Jeremiah reminds us there were plenty of lying prophets around who told the people whatever they wanted to hear.  It was unthinkable that any harm should come to Jerusalem or the holy temple, and the false prophets lulled the people into false security by their upbeat message of health, wealth and happiness.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 47

Our Experience Must be Shaped by Scripture

Our experience of God’s unconditional love must be shaped by the Scriptures.  God’s written Word must take hold of us as His spoken Word took hold of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Hosea; as the spoken Word of Christ mesmerized Matthew and Mary Magdalene, and captivated Simon Peter and the Samaritan woman.

– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, copyright 1990, 2000, page 44-45