The Second Sunday in Lent

 Sermon Text: Jeremiah 26:8-15

 Other Readings: Philippians 3:17 - 4:1 and Luke 13:31-35


 

  1. To better visualize the setting of this story, look over this rendering of what the temple complex might have looked like.
     
  2. Jeremiah prophesied that Jerusalem and the temple were in danger of becoming like Shiloh (v. 9). Why was that such a bad thing? Confer 1 Samuel 4:16-18 and Psalm 78:59-61.
     
  3. In various places of Scripture, God also tells us to reform our ways and our actions and obey the Lord our God (v. 13). That reform starts with self-examination. What tool should we use to examine ourselves and see what ways and actions we need to reform?
     
  4. What similarities do we see between Jeremiah in this text and Jesus in our Gospel reading (Luke 13:31-35)? How is Jesus different from Jeremiah?
     

  1. We should not think of the temple as just one building, but a series of different buildings, rooms, and spaces on one single campus. In that way, it’s almost like the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. which has the statue of Lincoln, the covered area around it, the landing area at the top of the stairs, the stairs, and the surrounding platform on which it was built. In the same way, the temple complex was large and a place where lots of people could gather and move about.
     
  2. Shiloh was the place where the tabernacle (the precursor to the temple) had been housed. But, because of the people’s faithlessness, the city was taken over by their enemies, the Philistines. Click here to see what Shiloh looks like today.
     
  3. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-21) are the best place to start. Martin Luther’s explanations in his Small Catechism (and also Large Catechism) are also very helpful.
     
  4. They both were relentless in the way they preached God’s Word, even in the face of opposition. Additionally, Jerusalem was often the epicenter of both of their ministries. But Jesus differs from Jeremiah in this way: Jesus died for the sins of all people and was able to take their guilt away by his blood.